Torsten Eckstein


B209A Micro

(970) 491-2015

About Torsten

Bacterial Genetics, Lipidomics, and Physiology. There are two primary bacterial pathogens our lab is focusing on: Mycobacterium avium with its five distinct subspecies: subsp. avium, subsp. hominissuis, subsp. silvaticum, subsp. lepraemurium, and subsp. paratuberculosis (with its ovine, bovine, and caprine types); and Burkholderia pseudomallei (including the related species B. mallei and B. thailandensis). The major interest is in defining the Immunolipidome of these pathogens: To develop diagnostic tests on infectious disease these bacteria are involved in (Johne’s disease in cattle and sheep; Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis in humans; and melioidosis in humans); To identify lipids stimulating innate immunity that could be used as adjuvants and/or immunomodulators; To determine lipids that could be serve in a vaccine, and To define new drug target for the treatment of melioidosis.


PhD, National Academy of Science in Germany, 1987MD, Humboldt-University, Berlin, 1987Diploma (MS), Humboldt-University, Berlin, 1984


Board Certified in Pediatrics


Marta Alonso-Hearn, Torsten M. Eckstein, Sandra Sommer, and Luiz E. Bermudez A Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis LuxR regulates cell envelope and virulence Innate Immunity. 2010; 16(4): p. 235-247Basler T, Holtmann H, Abel J, Eckstein T, Baumer W, Valentin-Weigand P, Goethe R. Reduced transcript stabilization restricts TNF-alpha expression in RAW264.7 macrophages infected with pathogenic mycobacteria: evidence for an involvement of lipomannan. J Leukoc Biol. 2010 Jan;87(1):173-83.