Microbiology, Infectious Diseases and Immunology

WHO WE ARE

We, the scientists at the Institute of Microbiology, Infectious Diseases and Immunology aim to perform groundbreaking research into the interactions between microorganisms and the innate immune system, in particular at border surfaces with the environment. We are eager to open new frontiers for research and approach unresolved issues in microbiology, infectious diseases, immunology and epithelial cell biology. Barrier surfaces such as those of the skin, intestine and lungs are continuously exposed to the environment. For example, they are densely colonized by complex consortia of bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites and are in contact with a multitude of environmental factors (e.g., diets, light, UV irradiation).

We hypothesize that over millions of years of co-evolution of multicellular organisms with their environments, signaling networks involving components of the innate immune system have been selected that are believed to shield the host against continuous threats to its integrity and, thereby, improve its fitness, a process often referred to as adaptation.

We postulate that the recent dramatic increase of immune-mediated diseases (e.g., inflammatory bowel diseases, allergies, multiple sclerosis, metabolic diseases) reflects unsuccessful adaptation of the immune system to the environment. The mission of the Institute is to establish a multidisciplinary center of excellence for research on host-microbe and host-environment interactions. The new insights gained should fundamentally change our scientific thinking and may substantially contribute to future medical practice to prevent infectious and immune-mediated diseases.

What we do

» Development and Function of the Innate Immune Sytem                                                        » Mucosal Immunology
» Crosstalk between the Nervous and the Immune System                  » Role of the Microbota in Health and Disease
» Gastrointestinal Microbiology                                                                                          » Reproductive Immunology
» Biofilm Formation                                                                                                                      » Molecular Mycology
» Infection Epidemiology                                                                                                                    » Host Septomics
                                                                                                                                                      »Immunometabolism

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3 ERC Grantees
1 Emmy-Noether-Program Recipient

DFG Priority Program
“SPP 1937 on Innate Lymphoid Cells”

Web of Science
Highly Cited Researcher

RESEARCH GROUPS

and Projects

Conrad Lab

Reproductive Immunology

Diefenbach Lab

Development and function of the innate immune system

Dürr Lab

Mucosal Immunity

Gräser Lab

Molecular Mycology

Heimesaat and Bereswill Lab

Gastrointestinal Microbiology

Hamann Lab

Genetic variance within the innate immune system

Jordan Lab

Laboratory of Microbiology, Metabolism & Inflammation (LoMMI)

Klose Lab

Neuro-immune Interactions

Moter Lab

Biofilmcenter

Neumann Lab

Lymphocyte Biology and Microenvironment

Stamatiades Lab

Tissue Monitoring by Macrophages

Triantafyllopoulou Lab

Innate Immunity in Rheumatic Diseases

Feldmeier Lab (affiliated)

Neglected Tropical Diseases

Schumann Lab (affiliated)

Host-Pathogen Interaction

Slevogt Lab (affiliated)

Host Septomics

NEWS and EVENTS

PRESS RELEASE

Berlin, 07.05.2020 The microbiome regulates the fitness of the immune system Working alongside colleagues in Mainz, Bern, Hannover and Bonn, researchers from Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, the Berlin Institute of[…]

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Joint CBF seminar series

Please find here the latest information on our internal and external speakers within the framework of our Joint CBF seminar series with a focus on immunology, usually taking place on[…]

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