IFIK's research laboratories employ more than 60 researchers with human medical and biological training in both basic and clinical research. Our research focuses on antimicrobial resistance development, central nervous system infections, diagnostic innovation, microbial genomics, and host-microbiota interactions and respiratory and gastrointestinal tract infections.

The IFIK is also home to the National Reference Center for Pneumococci (NZPn) and the National Center for Antibiotic Resistance ( on behalf of the Federal Office of Public Health.

IFIK researchers play a major role in the academic education and supervision of students of the medical and natural science faculties of the University of Bern (Bachelor, Master, PhD and MD-PhD programs).

For up-to-date further information on our currently 12 research groups, please see Research Groups: