Jürgen Wehland

Jürgen Wehland

Jürgen Wehland


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RESEARCH REPORT 2010/2011<br />

Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research<br />

ORBITUARY | Jürgen <strong>Wehland</strong> †

OBITUARY | Jürgen <strong>Wehland</strong><br />

Jürgen <strong>Wehland</strong> †<br />

Scientific Director 2009-2010 | Head of the Division of Cell and Immune Biology 1997-2009 |<br />

Scientist at the HZI since 1989<br />

The Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research mourns Jürgen <strong>Wehland</strong> who suddenly and unexpectedly passed away on<br />

August 16, 2010, while on vacation in Scandinavia.<br />

Jürgen <strong>Wehland</strong> was a key fi gure in the HZI for many years and in numerous aspects:<br />

As an excellent scientist with international standing, he made seminal contributions to the fi elds of cell and infection biology.<br />

Using Listeria monocytogenes as a model organism, he could show how the human pathogen utilizes the host’s actin<br />

cytoskeleton to promote infection. Together with other leading scientists in the fi eld, he laid the foundation for a new discipline,<br />

cellular microbiology, tackling host-pathogen interactions at various molecular levels, without which modern infection biology<br />

would simply be unthinkable.<br />

As an outstanding scientifi c manager, he not only developed his own department into one of the most successful ones of the<br />

HZI but also represented the mission and vision of the entire centre by skilfully shaping the research programme, by fostering<br />

strategic alliances with our partner institutions and by promoting a number of crucial recruitments to Braunschweig and our<br />

subsidiary institutions. Even though only a short time in offi ce as the Scientifi c Director of the HZI, he was leading the centre<br />

towards exciting and important future developments.<br />

As a caring supervisor and an inspirational mentor he actively supported the scientifi c careers of numerous young scientists<br />

within the HZI and beyond.<br />

As a dear colleague and friend to so many of us his door was always open for scientifi c and personal advice. He just always<br />

took the time.<br />

Beside his many great accomplishments, Jürgen <strong>Wehland</strong> remained a remarkably modest character, a great example to all of us.<br />

We sadly miss him!

OBITUARY | Jürgen <strong>Wehland</strong><br />

… during a staff outing<br />

… a visit of politicians<br />

… during a PhD commemoration<br />

… during the visit of Minister Prof. Schavan<br />

… during a PhD commemoration<br />

… during the TRAIN event<br />

… during the TRAIN event<br />

All Photos: HZI

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