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Wilfried Ellmeier
Univ.Prof.Mag.Dr. Wilfried EllmeierHead, Division of Immunobiology

Center for Pathophysiology, Infectiology and Immunology (Institute of Immunology)
Position: Professor

ORCID: 0000-0001-8192-8481
T +43 1 40160 33293

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Antigens, Differentiation, T-Lymphocyte; CD4-Positive T-Lymphocytes; CD8-Positive T-Lymphocytes; Inflammation; T Cells; T-Lymphocyte Subsets

Research interests

My long-term research interest is to characterize molecular mechanisms that regulate the development and function of T cells. Together with my laboratory I made important contributions to the transcriptional control of Cd8 gene expression and identified that the transcription factor MAZR is an important regulator of CD8 expression as well as of CD4/CD8 lineage development. Moreover, I am interested in elucidating the roles of histone deacetylases (HDACs) in T cells and e.g. we recently identified that CD4+ T cell lineage integrity is regulated by HDAC1 and HDAC2. I have also a long-standing interest in revealing the role of Tec family kinases in the regulation of immune responses. In ongoing studies my team addresses topics like: (1) Transcriptional control of CD4/CD8 cell fate choice; (2) Transcription factor networks regulating peripheral T cell function; (3) Maintenance of T cell lineage identity, integrity and function; (4) Characterization of signaling pathways modulating Th differentiation.

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Techniques, methods & infrastructure

The experimental strategies to address our research interests include immunological tools, biochemical and molecular approaches, next generation sequencing, retroviral-mediated gene transduction into hematopoietic stem cells, and mouse molecular genetics tools.

Selected publications

  1. Ellmeier, W. & Seiser, C., 2018. Histone deacetylase function in CD4+ T cells. Nature Reviews Immunology. Available at:
  2. Göschl, L. et al., 2018. A T cell-specific deletion of HDAC1 protects against experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis. Journal of Autoimmunity, 86, pp.51-61. Available at:
  3. Boucheron, N. et al., 2014. CD4+ T cell lineage integrity is controlled by the histone deacetylases HDAC1 and HDAC2. Nature Immunology, 15(5), pp.439-448. Available at:
  4. Sakaguchi, S. et al., 2010. The zinc-finger protein MAZR is part of the transcription factor network that controls the CD4 versus CD8 lineage fate of double-positive thymocytes. Nat Immunol, 11(5), pp.442-448. Available at:
  5. Sakaguchi, S. et al., 2015. MAZR and Runx Factors Synergistically Repress ThPOK during CD8+T Cell Lineage Development. The Journal of Immunology, 195(6), pp.2879-2887. Available at: