Bacterial biofilms: linking bacterial growth, survival and multicellularity with second messengers as triggers and drivers
Institut für Biologie / Mikrobiologie, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Regine Hengge studied biology and obtained her doctorate at the Universität Konstanz. After carrying out post-doctoral research at Princeton University (NJ, USA), she completed her Habilitation in Microbiology & Molecular Genetics at the Universität Konstanz. As a Full Professor she headed the microbiology unit of the Freie Universität Berlin from 1998-2013, and since 2013 has been in a similar position at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
Her scientific research deals with signal transduction mechanisms and regulatory networks in bacterial biofilm formation and stress responses. Following her interdisciplinary interests, she is a PI in the Excellence Cluster Matters of Activity and also pursues a longterm Science&Theatre project in collaboration with the English Theatre Berlin.
Among other awards, she received the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize from the DFG, the Landesforschungspreis Baden-Württemberg and an ERC Advanced Investigator Grant. She is an elected member of several national and international academies including the Leopoldina, BBAW, EMBO and the American Academy of Microbiology.