Institute of Infection Immunology, Twincore, Centre for Experimental and Clinical Infection Research
T cells, dendritic cells, infection
Vaccination is the most effective method of countering infectious diseases - and a major success of medical research. Although there are already highly effective vaccines against many pathogens, each year millions of people die from infections of the respiratory and gastrointestinal tract, tuberculosis, malaria and AIDS, where there has been so far a lack of suitable vaccination strategies. A major focus of our lab is to study how different infections impact on the function of specific immune cells and how these cells can be efficiently targeted to improve the outcome of vaccinations.