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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Thomas Boehm receives the 2021 Heinrich Wieland Prize

October 18, 2021
Max Planck researcher honored for groundbreaking research

Max Planck Director elected 2021 APS Fellow

October 13, 2021
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
Biophysicist investigates the formation of enzyme clusters enabling gene transcription in living cells

2021 Trainee Award

September 06, 2021

The lab technician Kathrin Ganter at the Max Planck Institute in Freiburg receives the 2021 MPG trainee award

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.

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

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

Packaging art in the cell: Thomas Jenuwein

February 24, 2015
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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