Immune Response in Infectious Diseases –

Regulation between Innate and Adaptive Immunity

[22.02.2022] Again! Another successful PhD student for the RTG 1949

Congratulations to Christopher Menne for obtaining his PhD! Christopher did his research on "Analysis of invariant natural killer T cells in health and disease: lessons from acute hepatitis C virus infection" in the group of Prof. Dr. Jörg Timm at the Institute for Virology at the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf.




[10.02.2022] Alumni Dr. Alexandra Adamczyk wins the ETOS Trophy 2022

Alumni Alexandra Adamczyk was a member of the first cohort of the RTG 1949 and is now working as a PostDoc in the group of Prof. Dr. A. Westendorf at the Institute of Medical Microbiology. At the 5th Essener Translational Symposium, Alexandra won the prize for the best poster. Her poster was entitled "Beyond immunosuppression - Unravelling the complex features of tumor-associated Tregs in colon cancer".


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