The Leibniz Center Infection (LCI) is a dynamic alliance of the Leibniz Institutes Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNITM), Research Center Borstel - Leibniz  Lung Center (FZB) and the Leibniz Institute of Virology (LIV). As members of the Leibniz Association, the institutes conduct strategic, topic-focused research on scientific issues of social relevance.

The main purpose of the alliance is to promote the research focus "Global and emerging infections" as a core competence in the Hamburg scientific area in such a way that, together with local university partners and major research institutions, a unique national position as a center of competence in infection research becomes possible.