Structure of the Department of Immune Modulation

In the Department of Immune Modulation, which is headed by Prof. Dr. Alexander Steinkasserer, more than 20 researchers are working. Five research groups concentrate on basic immunological questions, whereby the translation of basic results into clinically applicable therapeutic strategies is a major goal. Especially autoimmune disorders and the transplantation studies are in the focus of our research activities.

The interaction between viruses and dendritic cells (DC) represents the second major research area of the Department. The identification and characterisation of specific viral immune escape strategies will be exploited to develop new antiviral strategies.

This research work is mainly supported by research grants funded by the DFG, SFB, Graduate Schools and scientific foundations.