|1950ies||Heinrich Borriss establishes the first Department for Microbiology headed by Hans-Jürgen Rehm at the Institute for Agrobiology. Research focus: synthesis of antibiotics.|
|1953||Wolfgang Manigk becomes head of the Department for Microbiology.|
Foundation of the first Institute for Microbiology headed by Wilhelm Schwartz as the first director.|
Research focus: geomicrobiology.
|1959||The institute moves to the new campus at the Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Strasse 15.|
|1963||Friedrich Mach replaces Wilhelm Schwartz as director of the institute. Research focuses: molecular microbiology.|
|1968||Establishment of two research units: (1) General Microbiology headed by Friedrich Mach and Microbial Physiology headed by Heinz Weide & Manfred Köhler.|
|1977||The research unit Microbial Physiology gets renamed into Technical Microbiology.|
|1989||Along the reunion with the BRD two institutes are founded: (1) General and Special Microbiology headed by Michael Hecker and (2) Applied and Technical Microbiology headed by Manfred Köhler.|
|1990||Reunion of the two institutes to the Institute of Microbiology headed by Michael Hecker and hosting the two departments Microbial Physiology & Molecular Biology (head: Michael Hecker) and Applied and Technical Microbiology (head: Manfred Köhler). Research focus: Bacillus subtilis, Staphylococcus aureus, stress physiology, microbial proteomics (Michael Hecker); geomicrobiology (Manfred Köhler).|
|1992||Frieder Schauer becomes head of the Department Applied Microbiology (formerly Applied and Technical Microbiology). Research focus: Microbial degradation of environmental pollutants.|
The department Biochemistry of Metabolism headed by Rüdiger Bode gets affiliated to the Institute for Microbiology.|
Research focus: amino acid metabolism of yeasts.
|2011||Katharina Riedel is appointed as professor for Microbiology of the University of Greifswald. (in parallel to Michael Hecker).|
The department Microbial Ecology headed by Christian Gliesche gets affiliated to the Institute for Microbiology.|
Research focus: marine microbial ecology
|2012||Granting of a novel research building „C-FunGene“, in which the Institute for Microbiology will move in 2017.|
The Department for Biochemistry gets renamed into Department for Microbial Proteomics and becomes headed by Dörte Becher.|
Research focus: microbial proteomics and mass spectrometry.
Katharina Riedel replaces Michael Hecker as managing director of the Institute for Microbiology and chair for microbiology.|
Research focus: Gram-negative opportunistic pathogens, biofilms, microbial proteomics and metaproteomics.
|2014||The Department Microbial Ecology moves from the island Hiddensee to Greifswald into the novel LPG-building at the campus Berthold-Beitz-Platz.|
|2015||Tim Urich replaces Frieder Schauer. He is appointed as professor for Bacterial Physiology. Research Focus: gut microbiota in human and animal, methanogenic archaea, interactions between soil microorganisms and their impact on carbon and nitrogen cycling.|