Adaptive Immunity; Allergy and Immunology; Basophils; Eosinophils; Immunoglobulin E; Innate Immunity; Mast Cells
Our research aims to increase the understanding of the mechanisms of adaptive type 2 immune responses and the biology and functions of innate type 2-related immune effector cells like mast cells, eosinophils and basophils in host defense, physiology and disease. We want to exploit the gained knowledge for the development of novel vaccination and therapeutic strategies against microbial pathogens and for the treatment of allergic diseases.
Techniques, methods & infrastructure
primary cellular models of murine and human mast cells; bacterial (S. aureus; C. rodentium) and viral (Influenza) infection models of lung, skin and gastrointestinal tract; cell-specific in vivo knockout models;
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