Immune Response in Infectious Diseases –

Regulation between Innate and Adaptive Immunity


Another successful PhD student

[23 February 2021] Congratulations to former RTG1949 member Christina Wenzek on obtaining her Dr.rer.nat.

We are pleased to announce the graduation of Christina Wenzek. She did her research in the laboratory of Dr. Torben Knuschke on the topic “CD47 impedes Antiviral Alveolar Macrophage Responses during Influenza A Virus Infection”.



Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, our lecture series
takes place via Zoom.

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.

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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: Dr. Eva van Well

Phone: +49 201 723 35 88