Melanie Polke
  • Research Group Microbial Immunology, Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology, Hans Knoell Institute (HKI), Germany, Germany,
Research fields
  • Microbiology
Personal information


Diploma (M.Sc.) Molecular Medicine, Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nuremberg , Germany, 2010

Current position

PhD student/Research Assistant, Research Group Microbial Immunology, Leibniz Insitute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology, Hans Knöll Institute, Jena, Germany


  1. Niemiec, M. J., Kapitan, M., Polke, M. adn Jacobsen, I. D. (2017). Commensal to pathogen transition of Candida albicans. In Elsevier (ed.). Reference Module in Life Sciences, Elsevier.
  2. Polke, M. and Jacobsen, I. D. (2017). Quorum sensing by farnesol revisited. Curr Genet.
  3. Polke, M., Leonhardt, I., Kurzai, O. and Jacobsen, I. D. (2017). Farnesol signalling in Candida albicans - more than just communication. Crit Rev Microbiol: 1-14.
  4. Polke, M., Sprenger, M., Scherlach, K., Alban-Proano, M. C., Martin, R., Hertweck, C., Hube, B. and Jacobsen, I. D. (2017). A functional link between hyphal maintenance and quorum sensing in Candida albicans. Mol Microbiol 103(4): 595-617.
  5. Forster, T. M., Mogavero, S., Drager, A., Graf, K., Polke, M., Jacobsen, I. D. and Hube, B. (2016). Enemies and brothers in arms: Candida albicans and gram-positive bacteria. Cell Microbiol 18(12): 1709-1715.
  6. Polke, M., Hube, B. and Jacobsen, I. D. (2015). Candida survival strategies. Adv Appl Microbiol 91: 139-235.
  7. Wagner, C., Polke, M., Gerlach, R. G., Linke, D., Stierhof, Y. D., Schwarz, H. and Hensel, M. (2011). Functional dissection of SiiE, a giant non-fimbrial adhesin of Salmonella enterica. Cell Microbiol 13(8): 1286-1301.
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