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 Domino effect

December 01, 2021
How a maternal protein is required to activate the genome of the embryo

Freiburg stem cell research shows how a vitamin A waste product regulates cell functions in blood formation

Max Planck researcher honored for groundbreaking research
Ibrahim Cissé selected as Fellow of the American Physical Society
Max Planck scientist recognized for pushing the limits of imaging methods to investigate the subcellular processes underlying genetic regulation

Seminars & Events

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.

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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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)

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.

April 15, 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.
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.

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.
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!

BBC Earth interview with Thomas Boehm on the anglerfish (AmazeMe, facebook)
Chromatin is a complex of macromolecules in cells dedicated to package the long DNA into a smaller volume. In this video Thomas Jenuwein, Director of the MPI-IE, explains the principles of Epigenetics and how the changes in in the packaging of the DNA in the cells affects the gene output. This video is part of the Max Planck Cinema Series.

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