Welcome at the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics

The Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics in Freiburg is an interdisciplinary research institution that conducts basic research in two key areas of modern biology.

Immunobiology is concerned with the ways multicellular organisms defend themselves against pathogens. Epigenetics is the study of inheritable traits that are not caused by changes in the underlying DNA sequence.
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The beginning is the end
How promoters predefine where genes end
Slow walkers

Slow walkers

April 20, 2023
Mast cells deploy adhesion receptors to move inside tissues

Mind the marks

Mind the marks

April 01, 2023
Epigenetic research reveals two subtypes of insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas
Janet Rowley Award to Nina Cabezas-Wallscheid
International Society for Experimental Hematology honours Max Planck Researcher

Thymic cancer

November 09, 2022

Origin of a rare disease identified
Max Planck researchers show the precise temporal protein orchestration for correct brain development
Researchers identify neuronal granules as guards of the adult nervous system
IMPRS-IEM PhD recruitment for 2023/2024
Join the PhD program in Freiburg

Seminars & Events

Seminar Series
Our seminar series bring regulary highly recognized scientists from across the globe to Freiburg. Seminars cover topics from the fields of Immunobiology, Epigenetics and other areas of biomedical science.

Upcoming Seminars

SGS: Karla Neugebauer - How co-transcriptional splicing efficiency determines gene output

New time
Jun 12, 2023 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
MPI-IE, Room: Main Lecture Hall


Excellent PhD training
We train the next generation of research scientists. Learn more about our PhD program – the International Max Planck Research School for Immunobiology, Epigenetics, and Metabolism (IMPRS-IEM)

Welcome Service
We welcome all new arrivals, assists in the onboarding procedure, help you to find a new place and get acquainted with your new colleagues. Learn more about our services.


Swarms & swarming immune cells
Podcast special by detektor.fm on swarms and swarm intelligence, including an interview with Max Planck scientist Tim Lämmermann on immune cell swarms and pathogen hunting in a collective.
How the immune system learns to defend itself
Thomas Boehm talks to detektor.fm editor Dominik Lenze about vaccinations. The Max Planck Director explains how an immune reaction actually takes place during vaccination.
Who sets the traffic rules in the immune system?
Immune cells patrol the blood vessels. Only in case of inflammation or infection of the tissue do they get the green light to leave the vessels abruptly. This is where the cells move cross-country - attracted by signals emitted by the damaged tissue.

Start-stop system of hunting immune cells
Max Planck researchers reveal how immune cells coordinate their swarming behavior to eliminate pathogens effectively together
Discussing X Chromosome Dosage Compensation
Asifa Akhtar talks about how the male-specific lethal (MSL) complex, and the histone acetyltransferase MOF in particular, contributes to the regulation of the dosage compensation process.
Virtual MPI-IE Escape Room
Do you enjoy puzzles and tricky quizzes? Would you like to get to know the research and the institute? Then our virtual Escape Room is the right challenge for you!

Sexual parasitism & immune system of deep-sea fish - Thomas Boehm
BBC Earth interview with Thomas Boehm on the anglerfish (AmazeMe, facebook)
2021 Heinrich Wieland Prize

2021 Heinrich Wieland Prize

November 18, 2021
Laureate video for Thomas Boehm on the occasion of the Heinrich Wieland Prize 2021
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