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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News

Women in Science
“Women in science attract more women in science”
Jumana AlHaj Abed newest Group Leader
A new lab to unravel the mystery of chromosome pairing
2023 CIBSS Award for Nina Cabezas-Wallscheid
The Freiburg Cluster of Excellence honors the researcher’s contribution to understanding blood stem cell dormancy
Revisiting gene dosage

Revisiting gene dosage

November 29, 2023
Max Planck research reveals clever dosage control mechanism of biallelic genes
The enzyme MOF regulates genes in the nucleus, but also modifies metabolic proteins in the mitochondria
Research group investigates gut microbiota-epigenetic interaction in early life programming
The NSL complex is a key player in controlling intraciliary transport genes
The Max Planck Society's Senate confirms a second term for the incumbent VP of the Biomedical Section

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.
2024 Max Planck Epigenetics Meeting
Save the date: 4 - 6 December 2024 and join our update mailing list.

Upcoming Seminars

SGS: Barbara Treutlein - tba.

Mar 7, 2024 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
MPI-IE, Room: Main Lecture Hall

SFB/CRC992 Symposium on Medical Epigenetics

Mar 18, 2024 - Mar 20, 2024
Freiburg, Room: Otto-Krayer-Haus

Career

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

Technical Assistant (m/f/d)

February 05, 2024
April 15, 2023

Multimedia

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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