Prof. Lothar H. Wieler is president of the Robert Koch Institute, the National Public Health Institute in Germany. The RKI is in charge of health monitoring and surveillance as well as pandemic preparedness. In addition, its task is prevention and recognition of attacks with biological agents as well as infection outbreaks. Lothar H. Wieler has focused his research on zoonoses, particular on molecular mechanisms, enabling bacterial pathogens to infect different hosts, and develop antibiotic resistance. By genome analyses and functional experiments the pathogens´ evolution and adaption to different habitats are unraveled. He is author/co-author of more than 220 peer-reviewed papers. Lothar H. Wieler is deputy spokesperson of the intersectoral research consortium InfectControl 2020. Within InfectControl 2020, he heads the IRMRESS and Neobiom research networks. He also is a member of the scientific advisory board of the Global Research Collaboration for Infectious Disease Preparedness (GloPID-R), the WHO Europe Advisory Committee on Health Research (EACHR), and the WHO Strategic and Technical Advisory Group on Infectious Hazards (STEG-IH). Since 2010, he is an elected member of the German National Academy of Sciences.
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