Welcome to the department Immunology and Environment headed by Prof. Dr. Irmgard Foerster.
The department constists of two work groups, one is lead by Prof. Förster, the other one by PD Dr. Weighardt.
The main expertise of Prof. Foerster's research group lies in the functional characterization of macrophages and dendritic cells using conditional gene targeting techniques. Its special interest is on cell migration and immune regulation in barrier organs. Moreover it has profound experience with pre-clinical models of atopic dermatitis, inflammatory bowel disease and bacterial infection.
Dr Weighardt's work group concentrates on the interaction between environmental influences and innate immunity, because the innate imune system is not only activated by pathogenes but also by sterile environmental danger signals, such as UV radiation.