Welcome to the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics (MPI-IE)

Profile of the Institute

The Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics (MPI-IE) 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. We study the evolutionary origins and the development of lymphoid organs and immune effector cells, the function of antigen receptors, and the genetic basis of host-pathogen interactions. This information underpins efforts to better diagnose and treat immunodeficiency and inflammatory diseases.
 
Epigenetics is the study of inheritable traits that are not caused by changes in the underlying DNA sequence. Epigenetic mechanisms are crucial for the organization and utilization of our genetic information. Since the susceptibility to diseases can be promoted by epigenetic dysfunction, epigenetic research has far-reaching implications for diagnosis and therapy of human disease.
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Research News & Press Releases

Deep-sea anglerfishes have evolved a new type of immune system

Immune functions traded in for reproductive success

July 30, 2020

Deep-sea anglerfishes have evolved a new type of immune system [more]
Senate of the Max Planck Society elects new Vice Presidents

Asifa Akhtar new Vice president of the MPG

July 01, 2020

Senate of the Max Planck Society elects new Vice Presidents [more]
Study shows how blood vessels sense the metabolic state of neuronal cells

A close relationship: the brain and its blood vessels

June 15, 2020

Study shows how blood vessels sense the metabolic state of neuronal cells [more]
Researchers discover that mother’s active epigenetic modifications drive gene activation in the offspring

Mothers ensure their offspring’s success through epigenetics

June 04, 2020

Researchers discover that mother’s active epigenetic modifications drive gene activation in the offspring [more]
Scientists investigate epigenetic mechanisms of blood cell differentiation

At the crossroads

May 20, 2020

Scientists investigate epigenetic mechanisms of blood cell differentiation [more]
Max Planck immunologist Tim Lämmermann receives funding by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) to study immune cell swarming

In the eye of the swarm

April 29, 2020

Max Planck immunologist Tim Lämmermann receives funding by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) to study immune cell swarming [more]
Max Planck Director honored for the discovery of cell adhesion molecules

Rolf Kemler receives 2020 Gairdner Award

March 31, 2020

Max Planck Director honored for the discovery of cell adhesion molecules [more]
Max Planck researchers investigate unifying principles of vertebrate adaptive immunity

Research on the fossil

March 13, 2020

Max Planck researchers investigate unifying principles of vertebrate adaptive immunity [more]
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Events
Career orientation at the Zukunftstag 2019 at the Max Planck Institute for Immunobiology and Epigenetics (MPI-IE) as part of the nationwide Girls' Day & Boys' Day initiative. On 28.03.2019, we again invite interested young people to get to know the exciting world of molecular biology as well as the profession of a researcher.

Zukunftstag 2019

March 28, 2019

Career orientation at the Zukunftstag 2019 at the Max Planck Institute for Immunobiology and Epigenetics (MPI-IE) as part of the nationwide Girls' Day & Boys' Day initiative. On 28.03.2019, we again invite interested young people to get to know the exciting world of molecular biology as well as the profession of a researcher. [more]
The international meeting on the broad area of epigenetics and chromatin took place in Freiburg on December 10th - 12th, 2020.

6. Max Planck Epigenetics Meeting

The international meeting on the broad area of epigenetics and chromatin took place in Freiburg on December 10th - 12th, 2020. [more]
The MPI of Immunobiology and Epigenetics Freiburg will organize a public event on the occasion of the MPG-wide “Max Planck Day”. Learn more about our Max Planck evening #wonachsuchstdu.

Max-Planck-Tag 2018

September 14, 2018

The MPI of Immunobiology and Epigenetics Freiburg will organize a public event on the occasion of the MPG-wide “Max Planck Day”. Learn more about our Max Planck evening #wonachsuchstdu.
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Two days on the Freiburg minster market packed full of science, DNA and exciting insights in modern molecular biology.

Retrospective: Science Fair 2017

Two days on the Freiburg minster market packed full of science, DNA and exciting insights in modern molecular biology. [more]
Zukunftstag 2017 at the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics (MPI-IE) as part of the nationwide Girls' Day & Boys' Day initiative. On April 27th, 2017 the MPI-IE will open its doors to young adults, which are interested to visit the institute and want to learn more about the exciting world of modern molecular biology and the profession of a scientist in this field of research.

Zukunftstag 2017

April 27, 2017

Zukunftstag 2017 at the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics (MPI-IE) as part of the nationwide Girls' Day & Boys' Day initiative. On April 27th, 2017 the MPI-IE will open its doors to young adults, which are interested to visit the institute and want to learn more about the exciting world of modern molecular biology and the profession of a scientist in this field of research. [more]
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