Lothar H. Wieler

Prof. Dr. Lothar H. Wieler is the President of the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin, Germany. He was elected to serve on IANPHIs Executive Board in October 2017.

Prof. Lothar H. Wieler is president of the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin, the National Public Health Institute in Germany. A veterinarian by training, Lothar Wieler has focused his research on zoonotic diseases, i.e. infections that are passed between animals and humans, and account for many of the newly (re-)emerging infectious diseases. A particular research interest of Lothar Wieler are the molecular mechanisms, which enable bacterial zoonotic pathogens such as e. Coli and s. aureus to infect different hosts, and develop resistance to antibiotics. In his work, Lothar Wieler has used genome-based typing methods to identify zoonotic pathogens, which were subsequently analyzed in functional experiments in order to learn more about their evolution and adaption to different habitats. The insights generated from this work can be used to develop new interventions to target pathogenic bacteria.

Lothar Wieler is deputy spokesperson for the research consortium InfectControl 2020, which pursues intersectoral approaches to preventing and treating infections from a One Health perspective. Within InfectControl 2020, Lothar Wieler also heads the IRMRESS and Niobium networks. IRMRESS researches innovative strategies to fight multi-drug-resistant bacteria and aims to use next-generation sequencing techniques to establish a molecular surveillance system. Niobium identifies factors that change the microbiome, resistome and mycobiome of premature babies.

Lothar Wieler is also a member of the scientific advisory board of the Global Research Collaboration for Infectious Disease Preparedness (GloPID-R) and the WHO Europe Advisory Committee on Health Research (EACHR). Since 2010, he is also an elected member of the German National Academy of Sciences.