Lab head

Prof. Irmgard Förster, Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer.nat.

26.07.1961, German, female, 1 Child, W3 Professor

Immunology and Environment
Life and Medical Sciences (LIMES) Institute of the University of Bonn

Research Expertise

Prof. Förster has special expertise in the functional characterization of macrophages and dendritic cells using conditional gene targeting techniques. She is interested in cell migration and immune regulation in barrier organs, and has profound experience with mouse models of atopic dermatitis, inflammatory bowel disease and bacterial infection.

Institution and LocationMajorDegree/Year
University of CologneGeneticsHabilitation, 1997
University of Cologne, Prof. RajewskyGeneticsPhD, 1988
University of Marburg, Prof. Schwick & Prof. HartmannHuman BiologyDiploma, 1985
Appointments/Positions held
2012 - present

W3 Professor of Immunology
and Environment

LIMES Institute, University of Bonn
2004 - 2012Laboratory Head of Moledcular ImmunologyIUF Leibniz Institute for Environmental Medicine at the Univ. of Düsseldorf, Germany
2004 - 2012C3 Professor of Molecular ImmunologyHeinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf
1998 - 2004C3 Professor of Mucosal Immunology/Head of the Volkswagen Foundation Research GroupInstitute for Medical Mircobiology, Immunology and Hygiene and the second Medical Clinic, Technical University of Munich
1993- 1997Group LeaderInstitute for Genetics, University of Cologne
1990 - 1993Postdoctoral Research FellowUniversity of California, San Francisco, USA
1988 - 1990Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Institute for Genetics, University of Cologne


Honors/Awards and Memberships
since 2021

Vice Rector for Equal Opportunities and Diversity of the University of Bonn


Faculty Board Member, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Bonn

2018-2020Speaker, ‘Bonner Forum Biomedizin’
since 2016Member of the Scientific Committee of the Helmholtz-Zentrum für Infektionsforschung (HZI)
since 2016Member of the DFG Immunology Committee
since 2015Steering Committee Member, Cluster of Excellence “ImmunoSensation/ ImmunoSensation2”, University of Bonn

Leader of the „Women in Science“ program of the Life and Medical Sciences (LIMES) Institute, University of Bonn

since 2013Member of the Editorial Board of the EuropeanJournal of Immunology
since 06/2012Leibniz Chair of the IUF  Leibniz Institute for Environmental Medicine at the Univ. of Düsseldorf, Germany
since 2002"Fachimmunologin" of the DGFI
1994Bennigsen Foerder Prize, Ministry of Science and Research of North Rhine-Westphalia
1991 - 1992Research grant from DFG
1985 - 1988Research Scholarship from the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung
1988Awarded Summa cum laude for thesis titled "Studies on the characterization of Ly1-B-cell population"