Deutsch Intern
Institute for Virology and Immunobiology


WS 20/21

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Michael Mühlebach, Langen

Measles virus and the immune system – risks and chance of close combat

Host: Sibylle Schneider-Schaulies


Paul Bieniasz, New York, USA

The neutralizing antibody response to SARS-CoV-2

Host: Lars Dölken


Burkhard Ludewig, St. Gallen/Zürich, CH

Immunostimulatory fibroblasts in tumors and inflamed tissues

Host:Mildred Scheel Nachwuchsgruppen: A. Riedel


Noam Stern-Ginossar, Rehovot, Israel

The translation landscape in SARS-CoV-2 infected cells

Host: Lars Dölken


Burkhard Becher, Zürich, CH

The T cell phagocyte interface in inflammation

Host: Manfred Lutz


Marco Colonna, St. Louis, USA

Harnessing innate immunity in the therapy of neurodegeneration and cancer

Host: Lars Dölken


Stephan Rosshart, Freiburg

Born to be wild – of mice and men and natural microbiota

Host: Niklas Beyersdorf


John Ziebuhr, Gießen

The complex and unique enzymology of coronavirus RNA synthesis – an update

Host: Sibylle Schneider-Schaulies


Chris Benedict, La Jolla, USA

Dissecting the CD4T cell response to cytomegalovirus

Host: Lars Dölken

WS 2019/20

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Caspar Ohnmacht, München

Regulating the Regulators: Microbiome, Tregs and dendritic cells

Host: Niklas Beyersdorf


Luka Cicin-Sain, Braunschweig

The latency of CMV in balance with the host immune system

Host: Lars Dölken


Bernhard Nieswandt, Würzburg

Ischaemic stroke: a thrombo-inflammatory disease?

Host: Manfred Lutz


Andreas Pichlmair, München

Intracellular organization of the innate immune response – and its disturbance by viruses

Host: Christine Krempl


12:00 c.t.

Sigrun Smola, Homburg/Saar

Immunopathogenesis of HPV-driven carcinogenesis and prospects for immunotherapy

Host: Sibylle Schneider-Schaulies/Lars Dölken


Tobias Lenz, Plön

Trade-offs between pathogen resistance and autoimmunity shape genomic variability of MHC immune genes

Host: Thomas Herrmann


Christian Drosten, Berlin

RNA virus diversity and emergence: insights from reservoir studies
Host: Sibylle Schneider-Schaulies

Mi, 29.01.20

17:00 s.t.

Frank Horling, Krems, Austria

Development strategies for therapeutic proteins: from early research to market authorization

Host: Niklas Beyersdorf


Burkhard Becher, Zürich, CH

The T cell phagocyte interface in inflammation

Host: Manfred Lutz


Jürgen Groll, Würzburg

Biofabrication: Status of the field and activities at FMZ

Host: Sibylle Schneider-Schaulies

SS 2019

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Percy Knolle, TU München

Metabolic activation of CD8 T cells in the liver causing tissue damage

Host: Wolfgang Kastenmüller


Elisa Monzon-Casanova, Babraham Institute, Cambridge

Essential roles for the RNA-binding proteins PTBPs during lymphocyte development and effector functions

Host: Thomas Herrmann

Wednesday, 22.05.19

Adam Grundhoff, Hamburg

Repressive chromatin states and herpesvirus latency establishment: Who is in the driving seat?

Host: Lars Dölken


Thomas Pietschmann, Hannover

Genetic determinants of severe respiratory syncytial virus infection in infants

Host: Sibylle Schneider-Schaulies


Nicola Gagliani, UKE Hamburg

CD4 T cell functional heterogeneity and plasticity: Understanding immune homeostasis and its underlying mechanisms

Host: Georg Gasteiger, Niklas Beyersdorf


Melanie Brinkmann, Braunschweig

Meticulous and multifaceted: How Herpesviruses fine tune the innate immune response

Host: Lars Dölken


Peter Murray, MPI für Biochemie Martinsried

Myeloid metabolism and immune control

Host: Manfred Lutz


Steeve Boulant, Heidelberg

Importance of type III interferon and cellular polarity on host/enteric pathogen interaction at intestinal epithelium

Host: Thomas Hennig


Ralf Bartenschlager, Heidelberg

Flaviviridae - host cell interactions: A tale of proteins, lipids and RNA

Host: Sibylle Schneider-Schaulies

WS 2018/19

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Stefan Jordan, New York

Metabolism, Microbiome and Immunity: Food energy regulates circulating monocytes.

Gastgeber: Lars Dölken/Georg Gasteiger


Pierre Vantorout, London  -  Vortrag fällt aus!


Oliver Kurzai, Würzburg

From Immune Recognition of Fungal Pathogens towards Personalized Medicine

Gastgeber: Lars Dölken/Sibylle Schneider-Schaulies


Adam Grundhoff, Hamburg

Vortrag fällt aus!


Susanne Stutte, München

Type-1-interferon suppresses appetite, induces malnutrition and alters immune cell composition by interfering with the endocrine system

Gastgeber: Wolfgang Kastenmüller


Loretta Tuosto, Rom

Human CD28 costimulatory molecule: pro-infammatory functions beyond a qualitative and quantitative support to TCR signals

Gastgeber: Niklas Beyersdorf


Neva Caliskan, Würzburg

Translating viral and cellular frameshift genes one codon at a time

Gastgeber: Lars Dölken


17:15 Uhr

Friedemann Weber, Giessen

Induction and suppression of the interferon response by segmented negative-sense RNA viruses

Gastgeber: Jürgen Schneider-Schaulies

SS 2018

Ort: Hörsaal des Instituts für Virologie und Immunbiologie


Zeit: Montag, 16:15 Uhr


Wolfgang Tüting, Magdeburg

Redirecting antiviral host defense against cancer

Gastgeber: Wolfgang Kastenmüller



Simone Becattini, New York

Host-microbe symbiosis in the gut: a two-sided story

Gastgeber: Georg Gasteiger


Jan Rohr, Freiburg

T cell cooperativity shapes antigen-specific immune responses Gastgeber: Niklas Beyersdorf


Klaus Osterrieder, Berlin

(Bi) codon deoptimization in herpes- and influenza viruses: a way to new modified live virus vaccines?

Gastgeber: Sibylle Schneider-Schaulies


Andrew MacDonald, Manchester

Dendritic cells and macrophages in promotion and regulation of type 2 inflammation

Gastgeber: Manfred Lutz


Frank Kirchhoff, Ulm

Relevance beyond HIV: novel antiretroviral restriction factors

Gastgeber: Lars Dölken


WS 2017/18

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Ort: Hörsaal des Instituts für Virologie und Immunbiologie


Zeit: Montag, 16:15 Uhr



Constanze Bonifer

Mechanistic insights into aberrant chromatin reprogramming in acute myeloid leukaemia

Gastgeber: Edgar Serfling (Pathologisches Institut)


Tobias Bald, Brisbane, Australia

Tumor immunoevasion by conversion of effector NK cells into type 1 innate lymphoid cells

Gastgeber: Georg Gasteiger


Kerstin Brinkmann

Loss of miR17~92 (onco-miR) causes BIM-dependent cell death of early haematopoietic stem cells

Gastgeber: Edgar Serfling (Pathologisches Institut)


Veit Buchholz, München

Studying adaptive immune responses by fate mapping of individual lymphocytes in vivo

Gastgeber: Georg Gasteiger


Christoph Scheiermann, München

Circadian rhythms in the immune system

Gastgeber: Niklas Beiersdorf


Markus Feuerer, Regensburg

Regulatory T cells in tissues

Gastgeber: Niklas Beyersdorf


Wolfgang Schamel, Freiburg

Mechanisms of abTCR and gdTCR activation: from signalling to new cancer immunotherapy concepts

Gastgeber: Thomas Herrmann


Stipan Jonjic, Rijeka, Croatia

Brain-resident memory CD8 T cells induced by congenital CMV infection prevent brain pathology and virus reactivation’’

Gastgeber: Lars Dölken



15:15 Uhr

Stephan Becker, Marburg                                   

Transcription and replication of filoviruses

Gastgeber: Sibylle Schneider-Schaulies


17:00 Uhr

Elvira Mass, Bonn

Is Neurodegenerative Disease a Kind of Cancer?

Gastgeber: Wolfgang Kastenmüller

SS 2017

[Translate to Englisch:] Virologisches und Immunologisches Kolloquium SS 2017

Ort: Hörsaal des Instituts

Zeit: 16:15 Uhr

Die, 16:15 Uhr


Roberto Cattaneo, Rochester, Minnesota, USA

New viruses as anticancer weapons: the measles paradigm

Gastgeber: Sibylle Schneider-Schaulies

Do, 16:15 Uhr


Julia Jellusowa, Freiburg

Integration of cell signaling with metabolism in B cells

Gastgeber: Edgar Serfling


Jochen Hühn, Braunschweig

Decision-making during T cell differentiation: epigenetics and more...

Gastgeber: Thomas Kerkau

Mi, 13:30 Uhr 10.05.17

Georg Nagel, Würzburg

Channelrhodopsin et al.: Microbial Optogenetic Actuators

Gastgeber: Sibylle Schneider-Schaulies


Utz Fischer, Würzburg

mRNA biology: lessions from viral infections and genetic diseases

Gastgeber: Lars Dölken


Immo Prinz, Hannover

Adaptive immune responses of human γδ T cells in response to CMV

Gastgeber: Thomas Herrmann

Do,16:00 Uhr HS Toxi


Nathaniel Landau, New York, USA

Innate host defenses against HIV

Gastgeber: Thomas Hünig


Frank van de Veerdonk, Nijmegen, Netherlands

Epigenetic reprogramming of monocytes during infection and inflammation

Gastgeber: Manfred Lutz


Britta Brügger, Heidelberg

Investigating protein-lipid interactions within membranes

Gastgeber: Sibylle Schneider-Schaulies


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Virologisches und Immunologisches Kolloquium WS 2016/2017

Ort: Hörsaal des Instituts

Zeit: 16:15 Uhr



Bryan Cullen, Durham, USA

Post-transcriptional regulation of viral gene expression

Gastgeber: Lars Dölken

Dienstag, 18.10.16

18:00 Uhr

Martin Turner, Cambridge, UK

Regulation of lymphocyte differentiation by RNA-binding proteins

Gastgeber: Lars Dölken

Ort: IMIB, Josef-Schneider-Str. 2, D15 Seminarraum D15.01.002-004


Matthias Eberl, Cardiff, UK

Local γδ T cell responses: protection versus tissue damage

Gastgeber: Thomas Herrmann


Paul Lehner, Cambridge, UK

Genetic and Proteomic Approaches to Viral Evasion

Gastgeber: Lars Dölken

Donnerstag, 24.11.16

Katrin Singethan, München

The experience of field work – working in the Ebola-torn country Guinea with the European mobile lab (Emlab) project

Gastgeber: Christiane Prifert


Thomas Blankenstein, Berlin

The power of adoptive T cell therapy

Gastgeber: Thomas Hünig


Gerd Sutter, München

Vector vaccination against emerging zoonotic infections: From animal models to clinical evaluation

Gastgeber: Lars Dölken


Armin Saalmüller, Wien, Österreich

Porcine CD4+ T lymphocytes

Gastgeber: Niklas Beyersdorf


Roland Martin, Zürich, Schweiz

Immune pathogenesis of multiple sclerosis

Gastgeber: Thomas Hünig


Oliver Fackler, Heidelberg

Actin dynamics in TCR signaling and HIV infection

Gastgeber: Sibylle Schneider-Schaulies


Jolanda de Vries, Nijmegen, Niederlande

Efficacy of dendritic cell vaccines in melanoma patients determined by tumor infiltrating T cells and inhibitory myeloid cells

Gastgeber: Manfred Lutz

Mittwoch, 22.02.17

Alessandra Cambi, Nijmegen, Netherlands

Cytoskeleton remodelling in dendritic cell migration: from nano to mesoscale

Gastgeber: Sibylle Schneider-Schaulies

SS 2016

25.04.2016     Axel Kallies, Melbourne

Molecular regulation of lymphocyte tissue residency


23.05.2016     Wolfram Brune, Hamburg

Manipulation of the DNA damage response by cytomegalovirus and consequences for host cell fitness


13.06.2016     John Sinclair, Cambridge

Latency of human cytomegalovirus in the myeloid lineage - can the latent reservoir be targeted therapeutically?


20.06.2016     Michelle Linterman, Cambridge

The cellular composition of the human immune system is shaped by age and



21.06.2016     Thomas Rudel, Würzburg

miRNA-mediated cell organelle integrity during Chlamydia infection


27.06.2016     Lucy Walker, London

Control of T cell dependent autoimmunity via the CTLA-4 pathway


12.07.2016     Marcus Altfeld, Hamburg

NK cell mediated recognition of HIV-1-infected cells


WS 2015/16


Andrew MacDonald, Manchester, GB
Dendritic cells: central players in coordination of Type 2 inflammation

Beate Sodeik, Hannover
Herpes Simplex Virus – A hitch hiker’s guide through the cell

Peter Friedl, Nijmegen, NL
Serial killing of cancer cells by cytotoxic T cells

Stephan Ehl, Freiburg
Immunopathology as a consequence of immunodeficiency: a paradox?

Elga de Vries, Amsterdam, NL
The neurovascular unit in heath and disease: the role of sphingolipids

Martin Ludlow, Hannover
Viral determinants of morbillivirus cross-species infections

Bruno Silva-Santos, Lissabon, PT
γδT cells in cancer immunology and immunotherapy

Eva Wolf, München
New-era in HIV infection: A cure in sight?

Hartmut Hengel, Freiburg
Cytomegalovirus (CMV)-encoded FcγReceptors: Novel Modulators at the Interface of Innate and Humoral Immunity

Claudia Kemper, London, GB
Unexpected roles for innate immunity in the regulation of human Th1 responses

SS 2015



Luis Graca, Lissabon, Portugal

Multiple regulatory pathways leading to immune tolerance



Klaus Dornmair, München

Disease-related B- and T-cells and their targets in multiple sclerosis



Andreas Villunger, Innsbruck, Österreich

Bcl2 family proteins in lymphocyte development


Ulrich Kalinke, Hannover

Anti-viral interferon responses in periphery and brain


Klaus Überla, Erlangen

Overcoming a bias in the quality of the HIV Env antibody response by intrastructural help


Nicholas Proudfoot, Oxford, UK

Coupling transcription to RNA processing in mammals: making mechanistic sense of genomic analysis


Bernard Vanhove, Nantes, France

Immunomodulation with CD28 antagonists



Karl-Sebastian Lang, Essen

Enforced viral replication in antiviral immune response


Peter O’ Hare, London, UK 

New insight into host responses to virus infection: 

Revising the single step growth cycle


WS 2014/2015


24.09.2014: Michaela Gack, Boston, USA

Mechanisms of RIG-I-like Receptor Activation and Manipulation by Paramyxoviruses


06.10.2014: Tim Hughes, Cardiff, UK

Complement and Atherosclerosis


03.11.2014: Andrea Ablasser, Lausanne, Switzerland

The role of intracellular DNA sensing mechanisms in pathogen-triggered innate immunity


01.12.2014: Georg Schett, Erlangen

Why does inflammation stop in gout? - A new mechanism for resolution of inflammation


08.12.2014: Oliver Fackler, Heidelberg

Host-Cell Interactions of HIV-1


09.03.2015: Brigitta Stockinger, London, UK

Fate decisions of IL-17 and IL-22 producing T cells

SS 2014

14.04.2014: Dietmar Zehn, Lausanne

T cell differentiation in chronic infection and autoimmunity


28.04.2014: Veronika von Messling, Langen

Morbillivirus-host interactions: Getting in, around, and out


12.05.2014: Friederike Berberich-Siebelt, Würzburg

The importance – and unimportance – of NFAT for CD4+ Treg cells


26.05.2014: Stéphane Emiliani, Paris

A novel LEDGF/p75-associated complex regulates HIV latency


02.06.2014: Nathaniel R. Landau, New York

SAMHD1 restriction of HIV-1: Starving the Virus


03.06.2014: Christopher S. Sullivan, Austin, Texas

RNAi: a tool for the enemy during viral infection of mammalian cells


16.06.2014: Alex Scheffold, Berlin

Human T cells sensing environmental antigens


30.06.2014: Christian Münz, Zürich

Human tumorvirus infection and immune control in vivo


08.07.2014: Alexander Steinkasserer, Erlangen

The CD83 molecule: A viral target for immune escape - its soluble form induces regulatory T cells

WS 2013/2014

14.10.2013: Onur Boyman, Zürich

Cytokine-based regulation of immune responses


04.11.2013: Marc Schmidt-Supprian, Martinsried

The role of TCR expression for identity, homeostasis and function of mature NKT and regulatory T cells


25.11.2013: Ildiko van Rhijn, Utrecht

T cell recognition of mycobacterial lipids


27.11.2013: Martin Röcken, Tübingen

Cancer immune control beyond killing: the strict requirement of immune-induced senescence for cancer control


02.12.2013: Andreas Pichlmair, München

Recognition of viral RNA by IFIT proteins


09.12.2013: Francesca Granucci, Milano

Mechanisms and consequences of NFAT signaling pathway activation downstream of PRRs in innate immune cells


20.01.2014: Thomas Dobner, Hamburg

Adenoviruses: dual model in virus-host interactions


27.01.2014: Kevin Maloy, Oxford

Innate immune receptor circuits in intestinal homeostasis


17.02.2014: Leo James, Cambridge

Intracellular antibodies - in the wrong place, at the right time


24.02.2014: Ben Berkhout, Amsterdam

HIV-1 studies: from the nucleotide composition of its RNA genome to establishment of the viral reservoir.


17.03.2014: Ulf Dittmer, Essen

The role of Tregs in chronic viral infections

SS 2013

18.03.2013:           Christian Kurts, Uni Bonn

"Role of dendritic cells in renal disease" 


22.04.2013:           Andrea Kreß, Erlangen

"Modulation of the host cell by HTLV-1/Tax"


13.05.2013:           Gülsah Gabriel, Hamburg

"Good and Bad Importins Provide a Driving Force for Interspecies Transmission of Avian Inflluenza Viruses" 


03.06.2013:           Günter Weiss, Innsbruck

"Linkage of iron homeostasis to anti-microbial immune response" 

17.06.2013:           Michael Lohoff, Marburg

"Interferon-Regulatory Factors and T-cell subset differentiation"


24.06.2013:           Olivier Schwartz, Paris 

"The Virology and Immunology of HIV cell-to-cell transmmission"


01.07.2013:           Matthias Gunzer, Essen

"Infection immunology in real time"


08.07.2013:           Max Löhning, Berlin

"Lymphocyte differentiation and immunological memory in viral infections"

WS 2012/2013


29.10.2012:           Jörg Wischhusen, Würzburg

"Interactions between natural killer and breast cancer cells: elimination, escape and enhanced tumorigenicity"


05.11.2012:           Heiner Schaal, Düsseldorf

„Regulation of HIV-1 gene expression“


12.11.2012:           Michael Sixt, Klosterneuburg (Austria)

"Mechanisms of Leukocyte Chemotaxis"


03.12.2012:           Immo Prinz, Hannover

"What IL-17 producing gd T cells can do for you"


10.12.2012:           Christian Kurts, Bonn

"Role of Dendritic Cells in Kidney Disease"


28.01.2012:           Max Löhning, Berlin    Fällt aus! Cancelled!

"Lymphocyte differentiation and immunological memory in viral infections"


SS 2012

11.04.2012 Hiroaki Azukizawa, Osaka (Japan)
Immature B cell-like circulating lymphoid cells express keratin 5 ectopically and present exogenous antigen comparable to plasmacytoid dendritic cells


16.04.2012 Kai-Michael Töllner, Birmingham (UK)
Differentiation of plasma cells and the role of antibodies for affinity maturation


23.04.201 Jan Münch, Ulm
Natural inhibitors and enhancer of HIV-1 infection


14.05.2012 David Sansom, Birmingham (UK)
The role of CTLA-4 in regulating T cell responses


04.06.2012 Alessandra Cambi, Nijmegen (NL)
Biophysics of virus binding and entry: nanoscale organization and dynamics of DC-SIGN 


11.06.2012 David Raulet, Berkley (USA)
Role of the NKG2D immunoreceptor in host defense and inflammation 


02.07.2012 Adrew Lever, Cambridge (UK)
Getting intimate with HIV - Structures and functions of lentiviral RNA genomes


09.07.2012 Martin Löchelt, HeidelbergFoamy viruses: ancient and unconventional retroviruses

WS 2011/12

07.11.2011 Adrian Liston, Leuven (B)
Quantitative and qualitative asymmetric control immune regulation by Foxp3+ regulatory T cells


14.11.2011 Claudia Berek, Berlin
Eosinophils are required for long-term survivial of plasma cells


28.11.2011 Thomas Boehm, Freiburg
The thymus: 500 million years in the making


05.12.2011 Stephan Becker, Marburg
Replication and morphogenesis of filoviruses


19.12.2011 Oliver Keppler, Heidelberg
Catch me if you can - HIV-1´s strategies to evade the intrinsic immune control


17.01.2012 Hanspeter Pircher, Freiburg
Anti-viral immunity analyzed in the LCMV infection model in mice


23.01.2012 Matthias Goebeler, Würzburg
Innate immunity and contact hypersensitivity


30.01.2012 Thomas Mertens, Ulm
Monitoring of CMV therapy and resistance


06.02.2012 Stephan Gadola, Southhampton (UK)
Lipid presenting CD1 proteins and the immune system: Jacks of all trades



SS 2011

Giulia Casorati, Mailand
Leukemia immunesurveillance by CD1-restricted T-cells specific for self-lipid antigens

25.07.2011, 14:00 Uhr, Seminarraum S 268
Paolo Dellabona, Mailand
Control of iNKT cell development and function by miRNAs and tonic CD1d stimulation

13.07.2011 - 17:00!!!
Ralph Nanan, Sydney
Transplacental immunology: Can mothers influence their child´s immune system during pregnancy?

Manfred Kopf, Zürich
Latest clues in the regulation of T and B cell responses by IL-21

Alexandra Trkola
, Zürich --15:00 Uhr !!
Shedding light on HIV neutralization

Philippe Plattet, Bern 
Insights into Morbillivirus cell entry

Hartmut Hengel
, Düsseldorf
New insights into strategies of cytomegalovirus persistency

Sigrun Smola
, Homburg/Saar
Innate Immunity in Human Papillomavirus-associated Carcinogenesis

Natalio Garbi,
Regulation of dendritic cell development 

Martina Deckert, Kassel
Cell type-specific immune reactions in autoimmune inflammatory diseases of the nervous system

between WS 2010/2011 and SS 2011

Goedele Maertens, London
Structural biology of retroviral integration (beginn at 16:00!)

WS 2010/2011

Christian Drosten, Bonn
Bats as reservoirs of emerging viruses

David Vöhringer, München
Regulation of allergic inflammation and protective immunity against hookworms

Jean-François Eléouët, INRA France
Respiratory syncytial virus RNA polymerase: structural and functional analysis and search for inhibitors

Thomas Wekerle, Wien
Transplantation tolerance through mixed chimerism: is the glass half full or half empty

Peter Collins, NIH USA
To be announced

Thomas Göbel
, München
The chicken leukocyte receptor complex, a gene family gone wild

Erich Gulbins, Düsseldorf    
Ceramide in molecular medicine

Ayalew Mergia
, Univ. of Florida, Gainsville
Caveolin-1: Does it have any role in HIV infection?

Gabriela Riemekasten, Berlin
Systemic lupus erythematosus: a prototypic disease of IL-2deficiency and possible therapeutic consequences