The divisions or competence areas of the institute are organized according to pathogens, but also according to functional aspects. Their primary task is to carry out research projects within the research-framework of the institute. These include budget-financed projects as well as special research and third-party funded projects. Research focusses on selected pathogens as well as in the areas of diagnostics development, molecular typing and microbial forensics, epidemiology and risk assessment, pathogenesis and the basics of antiinfective therapy and immunoprophylaxis. The service tasks of the institute of stationary and mobile B-reconnaissance are mainly organized in division III.