Immune Response in Infectious Diseases –
Regulation between Innate and Adaptive Immunity
Congratulations to yet another successful PhD student!
[30 June 2021] We congratulate PhD Nhi Ngo Thi Phuong!
Nhi's research focused on "Interleukin-33 orchestrates an immune network to counteract severe acute colitis". She was supervised by Eva Pastille in the group of Prof. Dr. A. Westendorf at the Institute of Medical Microbiology.
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, our lecture series
takes place via Zoom.
Our field of research
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.