Group Leader

Dr. Thomas Boehm
Dr. Thomas Boehm
Senior Group Leader & Managing Director
Phone:+49 761 5108-328

Lab Thomas Boehm

Assistant: Julia Rösner Phone: +49 761 5108 329 Email:

Selected Publications

Swann JB, Holland SJ, Petersen M, Pietsch TW, Boehm T (2020)
Immunogenetics of sexual parasitism
Morimoto R, O´Meara CP, Holland SJ, Trancoso I, Souissi A, Schorpp M, Vassaux D, Iwanami N, Giorgetti OB, Evanno G, Boehm T (2020)
Cytidine deaminase 2 is required for VLRB antibody gene assembly in lampreys
Lawir D-F,  Katarzyna Sikora K, Connor O´Meara C, Schorpp M, Boehm T (2020)
Pervasive changes of mRNA splicing in upf1 deficient zebrafish identify rpl10a as a regulator of T cell development
Trancoso I, Morimoto R, Boehm T (2020)
Co-evolution of mutagenic genome editors and vertebrate adaptve immunity

Laboratory Thomas Boehm

Laboratory Thomas Boehm

Our goal is to contribute to the understanding of the genetic basis of immune system function with a view to explaining human disease and to developing targeted therapies for correcting failing immune function.

Studying animals as diverse as lampreys and mice, we aim to understand the mechanism(s) by which adaptive immune systems achieve an effective quality control to eliminate and/or control the function of potentially self-reactive receptors that are generated by a somatic and essentially random assembly process. Because this selection process takes place in primary lymphoid organs such as the thymus, we are investigating the genetic basis of the development and function of these organs. In an iterative process, we combine forward genetic screens and methods of precise genetic interference in model systems to examine the role of single genes or combinations thereof in the formation of the epithelial thymic anlage and the development of T cells.

Our aim is to use this information to reconstruct ancient forms of thymopoietic tissue and to build artificial equivalents for potential therapeutic use.

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