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

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In remembrance of Prof Gunther Neuhaus

July 14, 2021
Gunther Neuhaus, long-term member of the MPI-IE Board of Trustees, has passed away

Sensing “junk” RNA after chemotherapy enhances blood regeneration

July 12, 2021
Hematopoietic stem cells take advantage of RNA from pathogenic remnants integrated in the genome to replenish the blood system

Two researchers of the MPI of Immunobiology & Epigenetics receive the award for gifted young scientists within the Max Planck Society
Max Planck researchers reveal how immune cells coordinate their swarming behavior to eliminate pathogens effectively together
One of the oldest learned societies in the United States honours German immunologist with an International Honorary Membership.

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

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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.


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.

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.

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.

Sexual parasitism & immune system of deep-sea fish - Thomas Boehm

April 21, 2021
BBC Earth interview with Thomas Boehm on the anglerfish (AmazeMe, facebook)

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