Immune Response in Infectious Diseases –

Regulation between Innate and Adaptive Immunity

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Research Day 2019

​​Congratulations to Vittoria Palmieri, Hanna Abberger, Mareike Eilbrecht, and Friederike Krempe (f.l.t.r.) for winning the Poster Prize at the Research Day of the Medical Faculty in Essen.


Job openings

12 PhD positions (m/f/d) - E 13 TV-L, 65 %
2 MD/PhD positions (m/f/d) - E13 TV-L, 90 %

Starting on April 1st, 2020

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Upcoming lecture

Postponed! New date will be announced soon.

Joint Seminar: RTG 1949 & RTG 2098

Sphingolipid production by gut Bacteroides:
implications for host glucose metabolism

Prof. Dr. Ruth Ley

Department Microbiome Science
Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology

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Cover picture

Graduate student designs journal cover

The publication „Imaging of cytotoxic antiviral immunity while considering the 3R principle of animal research” in the Journal of Molecular Medicine by our graduate student Lucas Otto was chosen for the cover picture in the April issue 2018. Shown is a look into the tibial bone marrow of a living Friend retrovirus infected mouse during an ongoing adaptive immune response. Virus-specific CD8+ T cells (red) and their migration tracks (yellow lines) are depicted together with the bone surface (white) and the blood vessels (cyan). Besides the imaging aspect, the paper also offers a valuable cell transfer method that reduces the number of donor animals substantially.

Our field of research

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Infectious diseases are worldwide among the ten leading causes of mortality. Despite intensive research efforts, effective therapies or prophylactic vaccines are available only for a limited number of pathogens. A detailed understanding of the pathomechanisms of infectious diseases is most important for the development of future therapeutic interventions. Traditionally, the host response to pathogens is divided into the innate and the adaptive immune response.

To date, research with a specific focus on the interaction between innate and adaptive immunity is still underrepresented. The scientific goal of the proposed Research Training Group (RTG) is to fill this gap by bringing together highly qualified researchers working on different aspects of the immune response in various infectious diseases or in vaccine development against pathogens. The mutual scientific question is: How is the adaptive immune response against pathogens modulated by the innate immune response, and how does the adaptive immune response influence innate immunity? The training program will ensure long-term progress in this important research field in the Rhine-Ruhr Area and provide the PhD students with fundamental education in the science of infection and immunity.


Research Training Group 1949
Immune Response in
Infectious Diseases -
Regulation between Innate
and Adaptive Immunity

Prof. Dr. Astrid Westendorf

Deputy: Prof. Dr. Jörg Timm
Deputy: Prof. Dr. Mirko Trilling

Coordination: Daniela Catrini

Phone: +49 201 723 35 88