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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In memoriam David Allis (1951-2023)
“Father of histone modifications, king of chromatin”
A retrospective by Thomas Jenuwein
Thymic cancer

Thymic cancer

November 09, 2022
Origin of a rare disease identified

Mapping RNA signatures in neurons
Max Planck researchers show the precise temporal protein orchestration for correct brain development
Maintaining the brain’s maturity
Researchers identify neuronal granules as guards of the adult nervous system

Max Planck researchers identify epithelial stem cells that control the growth of the thymus at different stages of life
The Geiger Foundation awards Max Planck Director
The University of Freiburg awards Max Planck Director

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

Special Guest Seminar: Denis Duboule - tba.

Feb 23, 2023 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
MPI-IE, Room: Main Lecture Hall & Online

Max Planck Seminar: Johannes Gräf - Epigenetic editing of memory formation

Mar 8, 2023 01:00 PM - 02:00 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.

Job Offers

No further vacancies here. Please have a look at our German website, too.
April 15, 2021


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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