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.

Research Groups

Our current labs.

Core Facilities

World-class expertise.


Institute overview

Staff List

Contact us.


Thomas Boehm elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

April 30, 2021
One of the oldest learned societies in the United States honours German immunologist with an International Honorary Membership.

The architect of genome folding

April 14, 2021
Epigenetic regulator HP1a drives de novo genome reorganization in early Drosophila embryos

Freiburg researchers dissect COVID-19 immunity of recovered patients

Sulfur: the consequences

February 24, 2021

How sulfur metabolism may have paved the way for the evolution of multicellularity
Beyond the Borders: Equality in Science & Society

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.

2021 Freiburg Science Fair

The digital “Freiburg Science Fair” from June 7-26, 2021 shows with vivid and interactive activities what research in the Freiburg region contributes to significant social issues and challenges.

Upcoming Seminars

Wissenschaftsmarkt 2021

Jun 7, 2021
Freiburg, online


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.

Job Offers

Director (m/f/d)

April 15, 2021


How the immune system learns to defend itself

Video February 11, 2021
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.

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.

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