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.


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): 10872DOI: 10.1016/j.celrep.2021.108722

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

Westermann AJ, Vogel J (2021)

Nature Reviews Genetics (Online ahead of print)DOI: 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


An RNA biology perspective on species-specific programmable RNA antibiotics

Vogel J (2020)

Molecular Microbiology 113 (3): 550-559DOI: 10.1111/mmi.14476

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, Ponath F, Jenniches L, Barquist L, Vogel J, Faber F (2020)

PreprintDOI: 10.1101/2020.08.10.244764

A global data-driven census of Salmonella small proteins and their potential functions in bacterial virulence

Venturini E, Svensson SL, Maaß S, Gelhausen R, Eggenhofer F, Li L, Cain AK, Parkhill J, Becher D, Backofen R, …, Westermann AJ, Vogel J (2020)

microLife 1 (1): 597DOI: 10.1093/femsml/uqaa002

Single-Nucleotide RNA Maps for the Two Major Nosocomial Pathogens Enterococcus faecalis and Enterococcus faecium

Michaux C, Hansen EE, Jenniches L, Gerovac M, Barquist L, Vogel J (2020)

Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology 10: 60032DOI: 10.3389/fcimb.2020.600325

The SARS-CoV-2 RNA-protein interactome in infected human cells

Schmidt N, Lareau CA, Keshishian H, Ganskih S, Schneider C, Hennig T, Melanson R, Werner S, Wei Y, Zimmer M, …, Bodem J, Munschauer M (2020)

Nature Microbiology 6 (3): 339-353DOI: 10.1038/s41564-020-00846-z

Triple RNA-Seq Reveals Synergy in a Human Virus-Fungus Co-infection Model

Seelbinder B, Wallstabe J, Marischen L, Weiss E, Wurster S, Page L, Löffler C, Bussemer L, Schmitt A, Wolf T, …, Schäuble S, Loeffler J (2020)

Cell Reports 33 (7): 10838DOI: 10.1016/j.celrep.2020.108389

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 (2020)

RNA Biology (Online ahead of print)DOI: 10.1080/15476286.2020.1827785

Global discovery of bacterial RNA-binding proteins by RNase-sensitive gradient profiles reports a new FinO domain protein

Gerovac M, El Mouali Y, Kuper J, Kisker C, Barquist L, Vogel J (2020)

RNA 26 (10): 1448-1463DOI: 10.1261/rna.076992.120

Grad-seq shines light on unrecognized RNA and protein complexes in the model bacterium Escherichia coli

Hör J, Di Giorgio S, Gerovac M, Venturini E, Förstner KU, Vogel J (2020)

Nucleic Acids Research 48 (16): 9301-9319DOI: 10.1093/nar/gkaa676

Amidochelocardin Overcomes Resistance Mechanisms Exerted on Tetracyclines and Natural Chelocardin

Hennessen F, Miethke M, Zaburannyi N, Loose M, Lukežic T, Bernecker S, Hüttel S, Jansen R, Schmiedel J, Fritzenwanker M, …, Herrmann J, Müller R (2020)

Antibiotics 9 (9): 619DOI: 10.3390/antibiotics9090619

Single-cell RNA-sequencing reports growth-condition-specific global transcriptomes of individual bacteria

Imdahl F, Vafadarnejad E, Homberger C, Saliba AE, Vogel J (2020)

Nature Microbiology 5 (10): 1202DOI: 10.1038/s41564-020-0774-1

Dual RNA-seq of Orientia tsutsugamushi informs on host-pathogen interactions for this neglected intracellular human pathogen

Mika-Gospodorz B, Giengkam S, Westermann AJ, Wongsantichon J, Kion-Crosby W, Chuenklin S, Wang LC, Sunyakumthorn P, Sobota RM, Subbian S, …, Barquist L, Salje J (2020)

Nature Communications 11: 3363DOI: 10.1038/s41467-020-17094-8

Breast cancer colonization by Fusobacterium nucleatum accelerates tumor growth and metastatic progression

Parhi L, Alon-Maimon T, Sol A, Nejman D, Shhadeh A, Fainsod-Levi T, Yajuk O, Isaacson B, Abed J, Maalouf N, …, Straussman R, Bachrach G (2020)

Nature Communications 11: 3259DOI: 10.1038/s41467-020-16967-2

The minimal meningococcal ProQ protein has an intrinsic capacity for structure-based global RNA recognition

Bauriedl S, Gerovac M, Heidrich N, Bischler T, Barquist L, Vogel J, Schoen C (2020)

Nature Communications 11: 2823DOI: 10.1038/s41467-020-16650-6

Improved bacterial RNA-seq by Cas9-based depletion of ribosomal RNA reads

Prezza G, Heckel T, Dietrich S, Homberger C, Westermann AJ, Vogel J (2020)

RNA 26 (8): 1069-1078DOI: 10.1261/rna.075945.120

Grad-seq in a Gram-positive bacterium reveals exonucleolytic sRNA activation in competence control

Hör J, Garriss G, Di Giorgio S, Hack L, Vanselow JT, Förstner KU, Schlosser A, Henriques-Normark B, Vogel J (2020)

The EMBO Journal 39 (9): 10385DOI: 10.15252/embj.2019103852

Trans-Acting Small RNAs and Their Effects on Gene Expression in Escherichia coli and Salmonella enterica

Hör J, Matera G, Vogel J, Gottesman S, Storz G (2020)

EcoSal Plus 9 (1)DOI: 10.1128/ecosalplus.ESP-0030-2019

Tracheal brush cells release acetylcholine in response to bitter tastants for paracrine and autocrine signaling

Hollenhorst MI, Jurastow I, Nandigama R, Appenzeller S, Li L, Vogel J, Wiederhold S, Althaus M, Empting M, Altmüller J, …, Saliba AE, Krasteva-Christ G (2020)

The FASEB Journal 34 (1): 316-332DOI: 10.1096/fj.201901314RR

An Advanced Human Intestinal Coculture Model Reveals Compartmentalized Host and Pathogen Strategies during Salmonella Infection

Schulte LN, Schweinlin M, Westermann AJ, Janga H, Santos SC, Appenzeller S, Walles H, Vogel J, Metzger M (2020)

mBio 11 (1): 03348-19DOI: 10.1128/mBio.03348-19

The conserved 3' UTR-derived small RNA NarS mediates mRNA crossregulation during nitrate respiration

Wang C, Chao Y, Matera G, Gao Q, Vogel J (2020)

Nucleic Acids Research 48 (4): 2126-2143DOI: 10.1093/nar/gkz1168