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

MPI-IE group leader receives ERC Starting Grant to investigate hematopoietic stem cell dormancy

ERC Grant for Nina Cabezas-Wallscheid 

September 22, 2017

MPI-IE group leader receives ERC Starting Grant to investigate hematopoietic stem cell dormancy [more]
How immune cells remain metabolically flexible over time

Well equipped

September 22, 2017

How immune cells remain metabolically flexible over time [more]
Theresa Cimentepe receives the MPG “Azubipreis” for her educational performance, personal development, and social commitment

Trainee Award by the Max Planck Society

August 21, 2017

Theresa Cimentepe receives the MPG “Azubipreis” for her educational performance, personal development, and social commitment [more]
Max Planck researchers prove that we inherit more than just genes

Epigenetics between the generations

July 13, 2017

Max Planck researchers prove that we inherit more than just genes

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Max Planck Freiburg participates in Science Fair 2017 at Freiburg Minster market from 14.-15. July 2017.

From the lab to the market

July 10, 2017

Max Planck Freiburg participates in Science Fair 2017 at Freiburg Minster market from 14.-15. July 2017. [more]
A small protein works as a tumor suppressor in B cells

Stopping tumors

June 23, 2017

A small protein works as a tumor suppressor in B cells

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Events

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]
On April 28th, 2016 more than 20 school children from Freiburg and surroundings visited the MPI-IE learned more about the exciting world of modern molecular biology and the profession of a scientist in this field of research.

Retrospective: Zukunftstag 2016

On April 28th, 2016 more than 20 school children from Freiburg and surroundings visited the MPI-IE learned more about the exciting world of modern molecular biology and the profession of a scientist in this field of research. [more]
The MPI-IE participated again in this year's Science Fair at the Münsterplatz on July 10/11.

Freiburg Science Fair 2015

The MPI-IE participated again in this year's Science Fair at the Münsterplatz on July 10/11. [more]
The international meeting on the broad area of epigenetics and chromatin takes place on November 30th - December 2nd, 2016, in Freiburg.

4. Max Planck Epigenetics Meeting

The international meeting on the broad area of epigenetics and chromatin takes place on November 30th - December 2nd, 2016, in Freiburg. [more]


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