Forschungszentrum Borstel
Forschungszentrum Borstel


Numerous partners are supporting the scientists of the Research Center Borstel in their daily work: intellectual properties (IP), technology transfer, political interests and cooperations.

Leibniz-Center Infection

The Research Center Borstel, the Heinrich-Pette-Institute (HPI) and the Bernhard-Nocht-Institute (BNI) are mutual founding members of the Leibniz Center Infection (LCI). The three institutes are constituent members of the Leibniz Association and each has, respectively, a clear cut biological infection mission.
The Research Center Borstel is focused on bacteria induced infections of the lung, e.g. tuberculosis. The HPI is mainly working on human viral diseases, whereas the BNI devotes itself to research on tropical diseases, especially parasitic infections. Altogether, approximately 1,000 persons are employed at the three institutes, around 300 of whom are scientists.
The aim of LCI (flyer) is to advance inventive and innovative basic research concerning biological infection in the Hamburg/Schleswig Holstein region. Correlations between science and methodology are to be identified; cooperative research projects initiated and improved possibilities for the evaluation of research results are to be established.

Leibniz Graduate School "Model Systems for Infectious Diseases"


The Research Center Borstel is a member of the Leibniz-Association (WGL). Currently, the Leibniz Association is a syndication of 87 scientific, legally authorized and economically independent research institutes and service facilities in Germany and accordingly, one of the largest German scientific organizations. All of the Leibniz institutions are actively engaged in thematically defined, future oriented fields of research which are of global interest. The consequent, transparent and strictly external assessment procedure is a singular hallmark of the WGL in comparison to the other university and external university research organizations in Germany.

Robert Koch Institute and DZK

The Robert Koch Institute is one of the central institutions for health protection in Germany. It serves the Federal Ministry of Health as a central scientific institution in the field of biomedicine. The Institute combines risk research with political advice. Its most important tasks include protection against infectious diseases and the analysis of the health situation in Germany.

Issues concerning the epidemiologiy of tuberculosis and and means of control are cooperatively developed withe the Research Center Borstel (National Reference Center for Mycobacteria) and the Deutsches Zentralkomitee zur Bekämpfung der Tuberkulose (DZK).

University of Lübeck and Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel

The Research Center Borstel and the universities in Schleswig-Holstein are connected since years by an extensive collaboration in research and teaching. Most of the scientists are involved in the medical and bioscientific training of students in Lübeck and Kiel. Moreover the three partners are connected by the German Research Centers for Infection Biology and Lung Research as well as the Cluster of Excellence ‘Inflammation at Interfaces’. The Liaison Groups Cellular Pneumology (Prof. Cordula Stamme; univ. Lübeck) and Autoimmunity of the Lung (Prof. Dr. Xinhua Yu (FZB), Prof. Dr. Gabriela Riemekasten(Inv. Lübeck) are valuable links.

Competence Centre for Genome Analysis Kiel (CCGA Kiel)

North-German Network of Structural Biochemistry

The partnership between the University of Hamburg, the University of Lübeck and the Research Center Borstel target at sharing infrastructure and resources in technology and methodology, and to develop a concept with respect to interdisciplinary research and education.

helminGuard - Drug discovery on live worms

Discovery of new anthelminthic agents - Assessment of immunomodulatory side effects of drugs - Custom testing and delivery of Schistosoma mansoni worms and materials for research purposes and vaccine development


Ascenion provides comprehensive and exclusive Intellectual Property (IP) Asset Management services to the Research Center Borstel. The range of services comprises all activities that form part of modern IP Asset Management, ranging from technology scouting and hunting to equity management and contract follow-up including prosecution and litigation.


The Eurice GmbH offers comprehensive support for the planning and implementation of international EU-funded R&D projects providing support and consultancy for our scientists from the first project idea to the successful completion.