Head: Eva Untersmayr-Elsenhuber, MD, PhD Assoc. Prof.
The gastrointestinal tract is the largest immune organ of the human body and represents a vast surface to the external environment. Founded in 2007 the Gastrointestinal Immunology research group is dedicated to investigate this exciting immune organ. Specifically, we aim to identify mechanisms and risk factors in food allergy and other IgE mediated intestinal diseases.
Our current major research interests are:
- Evaluation of Sphingosine-1-phosphate as a biomarker of food allergy
- The role of food protein nitration in food allergy
- Development of a novel oral immunotherapy for type I food allergy using functionalized PLGA microparticles
- The impact of dietary compounds on the immune system with special regards to food allergy
- The expression pattern and function of the high affinity receptor FcεRI in intestinal epithelial cells