Graduates Project area I

Modulation of APC and NK cell function

Gregor Ciupka, M.Sc.

Supervisor: Ingo Drexler

Project title:
Role of innate immune triggers for the induction
of poxviral T cell responses

Dr. Rebecca Heß

Supervisor: Klaus Überla, Matthias Tenbusch

Project title:
Differential stimulation of innate immune responses
by viral surface protein modulating the
antiviral antibody response

Dr. Yong Lin

Supervisor: Mengji Lu

Project title:
Pre-activation with TLR7 agonist accelerates
hepatitis B virus clearance in the mouse model

Dr. Veena Marathe

Supervisor: Carsten Kirschning

Project title:
Analysis of rapid IFNγ production of NK cells
and anti-bacterial activity of macrophages
early upon bacterial infection

Graduates Project area II

Crosstalk between APCs/NKs and lymphocytes

Dr. Janine Brinkmann

Supervisor: Jörg Timm

Project title:
Cross-reactivity profiles of CD8+ T cells targeting an
immunodominant epitope in the core protein of HBV

Elisabeth Lang, MD

Supervisor: Philipp Lang

Project title:
Interaction between NK cells and CD8 T cell immunity

Melanie Nehring, Dipl.-Biol.

Supervisor: Stefanie Flohé

Project title:
Implication of autoimmune type 1 diabetes
in the development of immunosuppression
during polymicrobial sepsis

Dr. Tina Senff

Supervisor: Jörg Timm

Project title:
The role of NK and NKT cells in HCV infection

Dr. Piyush Sharma

Supervisor: Karl Lang

Project title:
B-Myb is a crucial proviral host factor
and is involved in the arenavisrus mediated
tumor suppression

Dr. Anna Smirnov (geb. Reib)

Supervisor: Stefanie Flohé

Project title:
Pathomechanisms of dysfunctional differentiating DCs
in the early phase of polymicrobial sepsis

Dr. Kristina Ueffing

Supervisor: Wiebke Hansen

Project title:
Impact of dendritic cells on T cell activation
during Plasmodium yoelii infection

Graduates Project area III

Cytokine-mediated regulation of immune responses

Dr. Alexandra Adamczyk

Supervisor: Astrid Westendorf

Project title:
Chronic intestinal inflammation and
colitis-associated colon cancer -
the two faces of CD4+ T cell funtions

Dr. Nadine Bongard

Supervisors: Ulf Dittmer, Wibke Bayer

Project title:
Development of vaccination strategies for
vector-based prophylactic immunization
in the Friend retrovisur model

Dr. Julia Dickow

Supervisors: Ulf Dittmer, Kathrin Gibbert

Project title:
Modulation of retrovirus-specific T cell responses
by IFNα subtypes

Dr. Camilla Hrycak

Supervisors: Ulf Dittmer, Wibke Bayer

Project title:
Induction of immune responses by
adenovirus-based immunization
in pre-existing adenovirus immunity

Andreja Jagnjić, Dipl.-Biol.

Supervisor: Mirko Trilling

Project title:
Humoral immune responses by
Cytomegalovirus mutants lacking
Interferon antagonists

Dr. Christine Landsberg

Supervisor: Mirko Trilling

Project title:
Viral exploitation of DDB1 as a strategy
to impede innate immunity -
A comparative molecular analysis
of viral DDB1-binding proteins

Dr. Dennis Lapuente

Supervisor: Matthias Tenbusch

Project title:
Signal molecules of the innate immune response
as adjuvants for gene-based vaccines

Dr. Valesca Lindenberg

Supervisor: Klaus Pfeffer

Project title:
Functional characterization of
guanylate binding proteins (GBPs)
in the host defense against pathogens

Dr. Lucas Otto

Supervisors: Ulf Dittmer, Matthias Gunzer

Project title:
Visualization of Treg-effector T cell interactions
in the bone marrow of retrovirus infected mice

Meike Rückborn, M.Sc.

Supervisor: Mirko Trilling

Project title:
Viral exploitation of DDB1 as a strategy
to impede innate immunity -

Evaluation of overlapping biological funtions
of viral DDB1-binding proteins

Dr. Julia Zöller

Supervisor: Astrid Westendorf

Project title:
Die Regulation der Immunantworten im Verlauf
einer bakteriell induzierten Colitis

MD students

Daniel Gageik, MD

Supervisor: Astrid Westendorf

Project title:
G protein-coupled receptor (GPR) 15 - a novel receptor
for the migration of T cells to the colon of patients
suffering from Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Contact

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

Spokesperson:
Prof. Dr. Astrid Westendorf

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

Coordination: Daniela Catrini

Phone: +49 201 723 35 88
E-Mail: daniela.catrini@uni-due.de