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Group Leader Erika Pearce

Erika Pearce

Erika Pearce was born in the USA and studied biology at Cornell University (NY).  Erika Pearce obtained her Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology in 2005 at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where she studied the regulation of T cell responses during infection. Erika Pearce completed her postdoctoral research at the University of Pennsylvania, where she also began to study how cellular metabolic processes govern immune responses to infection and cancer. 

In 2009, she launched her independent career, and after holding faculty positions at the Trudeau Institute and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis (MO), she was appointed Max Planck Director at the MPI of Immunobiology and Epigenetics in Freiburg in 2015. In 2018, Erika Pearce received the Leibniz Preis by the German Research Foundation (DFG) for her work on immunometabolism and in 2020 the Biosciences Investigator Award by the American Association of Immunologists (AAI).

In 2021 she became a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at the Johns Hopkins University and Scientific Director of the Bloomberg-Kimmel Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy in Baltimore.

Qualifications and history

  • 1972 Born in East Marion (NY), undergraduate studies of biology at Cornell University, Ithaca, USA
  • 2001-2005 PhD studies in cellular and molecular biology at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA
  • 2006-2009 Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA
  • 2009-2011 Assistant Member at Trudeau Institute, Saranac Lake (NY), USA
  • 2011-2015 Professor of pathology and immunology at the Washington University School of Medicine, Saint Louis (MO), USA
  • 2015-2020 Senior Group Leader and Director at the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Freiburg, Germany
  • Since 2021 Senior Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Freiburg, Germany and Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at the Johns Hopkins University and Scientific Director of the Bloomberg-Kimmel Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy in Baltimore (MD), USA

Team

Name
Phone
Apostolova, Petya
Postdoc
  • 438
Azuma, Mai
Postdoc
  • 435
Baixauli Celda, Francesc
Postdoc
  • 435
Carrizo, Gustavo Ezequiel
PhD Student
  • 436
Cupovic, Jovana
Postdoc
  • 435
Edwards-Hicks, Joy
Postdoc
  • 438
Grzes, Katarzyna
Postdoc
  • 436
Hackl, Alexandra
Student Assistant
  • 436
Kabat, Agnieszka
Postdoc
  • 436
Mueller, Kimberly
Administrative Assistant
  • 450
Pearce, Erika
Group Leader
  • 713
Quintana de Blas, Andrea
Technical Assistant
  • 437
Sanin Pena, David Esteban
Postdoc
  • 434
Villa, Matteo
Postdoc
  • 438
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