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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Sukanya Guhathakurta receives MPG Minerva Fast Track Fellowship
Support for the launch of a new research group on ‘Mechanisms of metabolic and epigenetic control of cell fate decisions’
Thomas Boehm receives the Leopoldina Mendel Medal
Understanding the evolution of the immune system: Max Planck Director honoured by the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
Father’s gut microbes affect the next generation
Disrupting the gut microbiome of mice increases the risk of disease in their future offspring.
UV in the sunlight not only damages our DNA but also our RNA. After cell division, the DHX9 proteins from the mother cells assemble into stress granules to sequester the damaged RNA and shield the daughter cells
How DHX9 stress granules protect daughter cells from UV-induced RNA damage
A new lab to unravel the mystery of chromosome pairing
The Freiburg Cluster of Excellence honors the researcher’s contribution to understanding blood stem cell dormancy
The enzyme MOF regulates genes in the nucleus, but also modifies metabolic proteins in the mitochondria
The NSL complex is a key player in controlling intraciliary transport genes

Seminars & Events

Symposium: Epigenetics of early mouse development
June 13, 2024 with Azusa Inoue, Petra Hajkova, Antoine Peters & Nicola Iovino
2024 Max Planck Epigenetics Meeting
4 - 6 December 2024 – register now and submit your abstract.

Upcoming Seminars

Forschung höchstpersönlich mit Thomas Jenuwein: Wir sind mehr als die Summe unserer Gene

Jun 26, 2024 11:00 AM c.t. - 12:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
MPI-IE, Room: Main Lecture Hall

TriRhena Gene Regulation Club in Basel

Oct 15, 2024 02:00 PM - 06:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
Friedrich Miescher Institute, Basel, Switzerland

7th Max Planck Epigenetics Meeting

Dec 4, 2024 - Dec 6, 2024
MPI of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Freiburg, Germany


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)
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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.

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Watch: Can we hack our genes?

Watch: Can we hack our genes?

November 05, 2023
Epigenetics studies how certain parts of our genome can be switched on or off. Can epigenetics help us to become more musical, fitter, smarter, more beautiful? – Epigenetics TV documentary with Thomas Jenuwein on ARTE
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.
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!
The Department of Biological Physics

The Department of Biological Physics

Video February 06, 2024
The Cissé Department employs physical techniques to visualize biological interactions at the single-molecule level within living cells, uncovering phenomena like protein clustering & biophysical mechanisms in vivo.
Is it possible to inherit trauma – with Nicola Iovino
Can a trauma suffered by our ancestors affect our own lives? A ZDF documentary explores this question and meets with Max Planck researcher Nicola Iovino...
Sexual parasitism & immune system of deep-sea fish - Thomas Boehm
BBC Earth interview with Thomas Boehm on the anglerfish (AmazeMe, facebook)
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