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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New Group Leader: Ayele Argaw Denboba
Research group investigates gut microbiota-epigenetic interaction in early life programming
Unlocking the secrets of cell antennas
The NSL complex is a key player in controlling intraciliary transport genes
An evolutionary history of immune receptor diversity
How the immune system learned to distinguish self from non-self
Indispensable transporter of T cell biology
How a transport protein ensures maturation of signature mRNA of T-killer cells
The Max Planck Society's Senate confirms a second term for the incumbent VP of the Biomedical Section
Freiburg junior scientists honoured for outstanding research projects
Max Planck researcher reveal an unexpected functionality of key molecules in embryonic development
How promoters predefine where genes end

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

Max Planck Seminar: Hannah Uckelmann – Epigenetic regulation of self-renewal programs during cancer development

Sep 29, 2023 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
MPI-IE, Room: Main Lecture Hall

SGS: Erin Schuman - tba.

Oct 5, 2023 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
MPI-IE, Room: Main Lecture Hall

SGS: Kathrin Plath - tba.

Oct 19, 2023 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
MPI-IE, Room: Main Lecture Hall

Max Planck Seminar: A. Marieke Oudelaar – Regulation of gene expression in the three-dimensional genome

Nov 16, 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.


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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