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

How genes are shut down during stress

Slow down of gene transcription

February 07, 2019

How genes are shut down during stress [more]
Researchers from Freiburg find new links between macrophage metabolism and function

New links between the mitochondria and the nucleus

December 18, 2018

Researchers from Freiburg find new links between macrophage metabolism and function [more]
For the 5th time the Max Planck Epigenetics Meeting on the broad area of epigenetics and chromatin takes place at the MPI-IE in Freiburg.

Max Planck Epigenetics Meeting 2018

December 04, 2018

For the 5th time the Max Planck Epigenetics Meeting on the broad area of epigenetics and chromatin takes place at the MPI-IE in Freiburg. [more]
Three researchers at the MPI for Immunobiology and Epigenetics receive millions in funding from the European Research Council

Hattrick in Freiburg

November 29, 2018

Three researchers at the MPI for Immunobiology and Epigenetics receive millions in funding from the European Research Council [more]
Member of the MPI-IE Scientific Advisory Board receives the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2018

Nobel Prize 2018 to Tasuku Honjo

October 02, 2018

Member of the MPI-IE Scientific Advisory Board receives the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2018 [more]
Mutations in the MSL3 gene lead to developmental disorders in children.

A new human syndrome affecting epigenetic landscape

September 17, 2018

Mutations in the MSL3 gene lead to developmental disorders in children. [more]
New study sheds light on the evolutionary origin of sex chromosome dosage

How flies got to the correct dose

September 07, 2018

New study sheds light on the evolutionary origin of sex chromosome dosage [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. In 2019, one month earlier due to the Easter holidays: 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

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. In 2019, one month earlier due to the Easter holidays: 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 5th - 7th, 2018.

5. Max Planck Epigenetics Meeting

The international meeting on the broad area of epigenetics and chromatin took place in Freiburg on December 5th - 7th, 2018. [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

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

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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