Deutsch Intern
    Institute for Virology and Immunobiology


    PhD Position AG Prusty








    Master thesis in Immunology/Immunogenetics AG Herrmann

    Studiengänge Biologie, Biochemie und Biomedizin

    We are seeking highly motivated Biology/Biochemistry/Biomedicine students with a background in immunology for MSc projects on Vγ9Vδ2 T cells.

    Vγ9Vδ2 T cells are so-called non-conventional T-cells. They massively expand in infectious diseases such as Malaria and exert anti-tumor effects upon activation by host or microbial metabolites (Phosphoantigens). The aim of our studies is to understand the molecular basis of their activation by phosphoantigens and the roles of butyrophilins (BTNs) in this activation aiming to harness these cells for therapeutic use. To this end we exploit methods in cellular, molecular immunology and genetics of Vγ9Vδ2 T cells in different species as recently published.


    Molecular basis of TCR-mediated stimulation by phosphoantigens. Methods: Gene-knock out and expression in cell lines, work with primary human cells and cell lines, FACS, protein expression and purification.

    Immune modulation by butyrophilins. Methods: Cellular immunology. Protein expression and purification. FACS, Generation and characterization of of monoclonal antibodies.

    Recent own work:
    Karunakaran MM..... Herrmann T. Butyrophilin-2A1 Directly Binds Germline-Encoded Regions of the Vγ9Vδ2 TCR and Is Essential for Phosphoantigen Sensing. Immunity, 2020 March 17 52, 1–12. doi.org/10.1016/j.immuni.2020.02.014
    Fichtner AS ..... Herrmann T. Alpaca (Vicugna pacos), the first nonprimate species with a phosphoantigen-reactive Vγ9Vδ2 T cell subset Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2020 Mar 5. pii: 201909474. doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1909474117
    An Update on the Molecular Basis of Phosphoantigen Recognition by Vγ9Vδ2 T Cells. Herrmann T, Fichtner AS, Karunakaran MM. Cells. 2020 Jun 9;9(6):E1433. doi: 10.3390/cells.9061433 (Review)

    For inquiries please contact me by e-mail herrmann-t@vim.uni-wuerzburg.de and leave a telephone number such that I can call you back.                                                                      

    Würzburg July 20th 2020