Department of Immunology

Procedures to stimulate or suppress the immune system are developed in the Department of Immunology. These include vaccines on innovative technology platforms, e.g. novel inactivation methods or plasmid DNA. As such, efficient vaccines can be produced quickly and inexpensively. A further topic is improving the problem-free healing of transplants by the induction of specific tolerance. Furthermore, procedures are being developed to monitor immunoreactivity and to control dysfunctions such as graft-versus-host disease (GvHD). Bacteriostatic peptides and peptide banks for the analysis of immune reactions in food allergies are a further focus. Novel imaging procedures help analyze immunological and cell biological processes.

 

Vaccine Technologies

The unit develops diagnostic assays and prevention strategies for infectious diseases, in human and veterinary medicine. A strong focus is on zoonoses and (re-)emerging viral infections.

 

Preclinical Validation

The center for animal experimentation is a preclinical development hub within the Fraunhofer IZI network. Our qualified members of staff, who are particularly experienced in the hygienic management of animals, have access to modern facilities which fulfil the highest standards in animal husbandry. 

 

Inflammation Models and Immunodiagnostics

Our team develops rapid and easy-to-handle systems for the analysis and modelling of immunological and genetic processes in the fields of transplantation, inflammation research, and tumor biology. 

 

Antimicrobial Agents

The goal of this unit is the development of a preventative and at least partially curative gene therapy for arthrosclerosis.

 

Biological Material Analytics

The Biological Material Analytics Unit supports the development of implants through research projects that are focused on defined immunologically effective, bioceramic materials and develops standardized, immunobiological test procedures for innovative (bioceramic) implant materials, especially in the field of dentistry but also endoprosthetics.