Prof Jörg Vogel


Prof. Jörg Vogel is the founding director of the Helmholtz Institute for RNA-based Infection Research (HIRI) as well as the director of the Institute of Molecular Infection Biology (IMIB) at the University of Würzburg, Germany. As world-leading scientist in the field of RNA biology, Jörg Vogel is considered a pioneer in the application and development of high-throughput sequencing methods for the analysis of individual infected cells as well as interactions between pathogenic bacteria and their hosts. 

Prof. Jörg Vogel studied biochemistry at Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany, and at Imperial College, London, UK. In 1999, he received his PhD from Humboldt University with a thesis on Group II intron splicing. He spent his postdoctoral years at Uppsala University, Sweden (2000-2001) and as an EMBO fellow at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel (2002-2003) before he started an Independent Junior Research Group at the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology in Berlin, Germany (2004-2010). He became Full Professor and Director of the Institute for Molecular Infection Biology at the University of Würzburg in 2009. As of 2017, he is the Director of the Helmholtz Institute for RNA-based Infection Research (HIRI) in Würzburg.

Jörg Vogel is an elected member of EMBO, the German National Academy of Sciences, as well as the European and American Academies of Microbiology. In 2017, he received a Leibniz Prize, Germany’s most prestigious research award, for his ground-breaking contributions to the understanding of regulatory RNA molecules in infection biology.

Prof. Vogel’s group seek to understand the full (noncoding) RNA world of bacterial pathogens and use RNA-centric approaches to targeting pathogens and manipulating microbiota. A major innovative goal is the comprehensive simultaneous RNA-based profiling of the pathogen and the infected host in real time and at single-cell resolution; where applicable, this should also include co-colonizing microbiota. Researchers at the Vogel lab focus on the mode of action of those noncoding RNA molecules that are crucial for the virulence of the pathogen, differentially expressed upon exposure to the host, or impact gene expression in interacting members of the microbiota. The knowledge obtained will be exploited for therapeutic intervention with clinically relevant bacterial pathogens.


An overview of gene regulation in bacteria by small RNAs derived from mRNA 3' ends

Ponath F, Hör J, Vogel J (2022)

FEMS Microbiology ReviewsDOI: 10.1093/femsre/fuac017

Global RNA interactome of Salmonella discovers a 5' UTR sponge for the MicF small RNA that connects membrane permeability to transport capacity

Matera G, Altuvia Y, Gerovac M, El Mouali Y, Margalit H, Vogel J (2022)

Molecular Cell 82 (3): 629-644DOI: 10.1016/j.molcel.2021.12.030

The DNA polymerase of bacteriophage YerA41 replicates its T-modified DNA in a primer-independent manner

Gomez-Raya-Vilanova MV, Leskinen K, Bhattacharjee A, Virta P, Rosenqvist P, Smith JLR, Bayfield OW, Homberger C, Kerrinnes T, Vogel J, Pajunen MI, Skurnik M (2022)

Nucleic Acids Research 50 (7): 3985-3997DOI: 10.1093/nar/gkac203

Innovative developments and emerging technologies in RNA therapeutics

Halloy F, Biscans A, Bujold KE, Debacker A, Hill AC, Lacroix A, Luige O, Strömberg R, Sundstrom L, Vogel J, Ghidini A (2022)

RNA Biology 19 (1): 313-332DOI: 10.1080/15476286.2022.2027150


Impact of pseudouridylation, substrate fold, and degradosome organization on the endonuclease activity of RNase E

Islam MS, Bandyra KJ, Chao Y, Vogel J, Luisi BF (2021)

RNA 27 (11): 1339-1352DOI: 10.1261/rna.078840.121

SPI2 T3SS effectors facilitate enterocyte apical to basolateral transmigration of Salmonella-containing vacuoles in vivo

Fulde M, van Vorst K, Zhang K, Westermann AJ, Busche T, Huei YC, Welitschanski K, Froh I, Pägelow D, Plendl J, …, Repnik U, Hornef MW (2021)

Gut Microbes 13 (1): 1973836DOI: 10.1080/19490976.2021.1973836

Scanning mutagenesis of RNA-binding protein ProQ reveals a quality control role for the Lon protease

El Mouali Y, Ponath F, Scharrer V, Wenner N, Hinton JCD, Vogel J (2021)

RNA 27 (12): 1512-1527DOI: 10.1261/rna.078954.121

An RNA-centric global view of Clostridioides difficile reveals broad activity of Hfq in a clinically important gram-positive bacterium

Fuchs M, Lamm-Schmidt V, Sulzer J, Ponath F, Jenniches L, Kirk JA, Fagan RP, Barquist L, Vogel J, Faber F (2021)

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 118 (25)DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2103579118

RNA landscape of the emerging cancer-associated microbe Fusobacterium nucleatum

Ponath F, Tawk C, Zhu Y, Barquist L, Faber F, Vogel J (2021)

Nature Microbiology 6 (8): 1007-1020DOI: 10.1038/s41564-021-00927-7

The World of Stable Ribonucleoproteins and Its Mapping With Grad-Seq and Related Approaches

Gerovac M, Vogel J, Smirnov A (2021)

Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences 8: 661448DOI: 10.3389/fmolb.2021.661448

In vivo targets of Salmonella FinO include a FinP-like small RNA controlling copy number of a cohabitating plasmid

El Mouali Y, Gerovac M, Mineikaite R, Vogel J (2021)

Nucleic Acids Research 49 (9): 5319-5335DOI: 10.1093/nar/gkab281

Analysis of the RNA and Protein Complexome by Grad-seq

Hör J, Vogel J (2021)

Methods in Molecular Biology 2300: 183-201DOI: 10.1007/978-1-0716-1386-3_16

Global RNA profiles show target selectivity and physiological effects of peptide-delivered antisense antibiotics

Popella L, Jung J, Popova K, Ðurica-Mitic S, Barquist L, Vogel J (2021)

Nucleic Acids Research 49 (8): 4705-4724DOI: 10.1093/nar/gkab242

A Grad-seq View of RNA and Protein Complexes in Pseudomonas aeruginosa under Standard and Bacteriophage Predation Conditions

Gerovac M, Wicke L, Chihara K, Schneider C, Lavigne R, Vogel J (2021)

mBio 12 (1): 03454-20DOI: 10.1128/mBio.03454-20

MAPS integrates regulation of actin-targeting effector SteC into the virulence control network of Salmonella small RNA PinT

Correia Santos S, Bischler T, Westermann AJ, Vogel J (2021)

Cell Reports 34 (5): 108722DOI: 10.1016/j.celrep.2021.108722

Cross-species RNA-seq for deciphering host–microbe interactions

Westermann AJ, Vogel J (2021)

Nature Reviews Genetics 22 (6): 361DOI: 10.1038/s41576-021-00326-y

A genome-wide transcriptomic analysis of embryos fathered by obese males in a murine model of diet-induced obesity

Bernhardt L, Dittrich M, El-Merahbi R, Saliba A, Müller T, Sumara G, Vogel J, Nichols-Burns S, Mitchell M, Haaf T, El Hajj N (2021)

Scientific Reports 11: 1979DOI: 10.1038/s41598-021-81226-3

Opposing Wnt signals regulate cervical squamocolumnar homeostasis and emergence of metaplasia

Chumduri C, Gurumurthy RK, Berger H, Dietrich O, Kumar N, Koster S, Brinkmann V, Hoffmann K, Drabkina M, Arampatzi P, …, Saliba A, Meyer TF (2021)

Nature Cell Biology 23 (2): 184DOI: 10.1038/s41556-020-00619-0

Introducing differential RNA-seq mapping to track the early infection phase for Pseudomonas phage ɸKZ

Wicke L, Ponath F, Coppens L, Gerovac M, Lavigne R, Vogel J (2021)

RNA Biology 18 (8): 1099-1110DOI: 10.1080/15476286.2020.1827785