RTG 1949: Innate and Adaptive Immunity

Full Ph.D. program title: 
DFG Research Training Group (RTG) Immune Response in Infectious Diseases – Regulation between Innate and Adaptive Immunity
Medical Faculty
Graduate School of Biomedical Science (BIOME)
University of Duisburg-Essen
University Hospital Essen

Infectious diseases are worldwide among the ten leading causes of mortality. Despite intensive research efforts effective therapies or prophylactic vaccines are available only for a limited number of pathogens. A detailed understanding of the pathomechanisms of infectious diseases is most important for the development of future therapeutic interventions. Traditionally, the host response to pathogens is divided into the innate and the adaptive immune response.

To date, research with a specific focus on the interaction between innate and adaptive immunity is still underrepresented. The scientific goal of the Research Training Group (RTG) on Immune Response in Infectious Diseases – Regulation between Innate and Adaptive Immunity is to fill this gap by bringing together highly qualified researchers working on different aspects of the immune response in various infectious diseases or in vaccine development against pathogens. The mutual scientific question is: How is the adaptive immune response against pathogens modulated by the innate immune response, and how does the adaptive immune response influence innate immunity? The educational goal of the RTG is the training of excellent young researchers in infection and immunity. To support this effort, the RTG provides and coordinates a structured 1-year program for MD students, and a regular 3-year PhD or MD/PhD program for young scientists from both natural sciences and medicine. Located in the Rhine-Ruhr Area, this RTG links the knowledge of distinguished scientists at the Universities of Bochum, Duisburg-Essen and Düsseldorf. This training will ensure long-term progress in this important research field in the Rhine-Ruhr Area and provide the PhD students with fundamental education in the science of infection and immunity.

All events

21.09.2016 - 12:30 In vivo imaging of the interplay between regulatory and effector T cells during a retroviral infection

ZMB Lunch Seminar

20.11.2015 - 08:00 Medical Faculty's Research Day 2015

Scientific Conference

09.05.2015 - 09:00 BIOME Workshop - The Process of Drug Discovery


28.04.2015 - 12:00 Innate immune cell dynamics at sites of inflammation and infection

Invited Lecture, UKE Tuesday Seminar

25.02.2015 - 15:00 BIOME Workshop - Data Analysis and Biostatistics


28.11.2014 - 14:00 BIOME Workshop - Career Opportunities for PhDs in the Pharmaceutical Industry


21.11.2014 - 09:00 Research Day 2014 at the Medical Faculty

Scientific Conference

03.07.2014 - 18:00 BIOME BBQ - CANCELLED

Annual Meeting