Distinguished lecturer series


Nationally and internationally renowned scientists present their research related to the IRTG topics. After the talk, the students have the possibility to present and discuss their work during a “poster-walk” with the distinguished lecturer.

The joint "Distinguished lecturer series" of the IRTG1911 together with the RTG1727 and the CRU303 takes place on Thursdays, 5pm, room AM S1 (Audimax).


Upcoming Dates 2022


21.04.2022 - Petra Arck, Department of Obstetrics and Fetal Medicine, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf


Past events


23.01.2020 - Simon Fillatreau, Institut Necker Enfants Malades, Paris 

20.02.2020 - Peter Zipfel, Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology, Jena



10.01.2019 - Thomas Bieber, Dermatology, University Hospital Bonn

24.01.2019 - Cesar Munoz-Fontela, Bernhard-Nocht-Institute for Tropical Medicine, Hamburg

31.01.2019 - Curdin Conrad, Deptartment of Dermatology - Lausanne

14.02.2019 - Tobias Schatton, Harvard, USA

21.03.2019 - John McGrath, London

02.05.2019 - Klaus Ley, LaJolla Institute, California, USA

20.06.2019 - Christian Kurts, Institute for Experimental Immunology, University Medical Center Bonn 

11.07.2019 - Alexander Enk, Department of Dermatology, University Hospital and Ruprecht Karls-University, Heidelberg

22.08.2019 - Tobias Schatton, Assistant Professor, Department of Dermatology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA/USA

26.09.2019 - Eliane J. Müller, Institute of Animal Pathology, University of Bern

24.10.2019 - Stephan Grabbe - Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

05.12.2019 - Kathrin de la Rosa - Max-Delbrück Center, Berlin

19.12.2019 - Barbara Bröker - Department of Imunology, University of Greifswald



15.11.2018 Tilo Biedermann, Klinik für Dermatologie und Allergologie, Technische Universität München, Title: “The diversity of immune consequences of cutaneous TLR2 sensing”

18.10.2018 - Michael Schön, Klinik für Dermatologie, Venerologie und Allergologie, Universitätsmedizin Göttingen, Title: “Beyond the plaque – the spectrum of psoriasis and a broader immunological horizon”

05.07.2018 Michael Holers Departments of Medicine and Immunology, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, CO, USA Title: "Studies of At-Risk Populations Provide Insights into the Pre-Clinical Pathogenesis and Prevention of Rheumatoid Arthritis"

14.06.2018 Zhi Liu, Chapel Hill, USA Department of Dermatology, School of Medicine, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA Title: “BP 180 in skin autoimmune and inflammatory diseases”

24.05.2018 - George Deepe Division of Infectious Diseases College of Medicine, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA Title: HIF-1a, Glycolysis, and Immune Control of Histoplasma capsulatum

26.04.2018 - Marina Botto, Centre for Inflammatory Disease, Division of Immunology and Inflammation Department of Medicine, Imperial College London, UK, Title: C1q in health and disease – roles outside the complement system

19.04.2018 - Berhane Ghebrehiwet, Departments of Medicine, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY, United States, Title: Looking at gC1qR Through a Different Prism: As a Potential Therapeutic Target for HIV-1, HCV and Cancer

12.04.2018 - Jason Weinberg, Microbiology & Immunology, Medical School, University of Michigan, USA, Title: D8 T Cells and the Immunoproteasome in Adenovirus Pathogenesis

15.03.2018 Brice Korkmaz, Centre d'Etude des Pathologies Respiratoires, Tours/France Title: Pharmacological cathepsin C inactivation eliminates proteinase 3, the antigen in autoimmune vasculitis

25.01.2018 - Marie-Dominique Filippi, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Title: Neutrophil transcellular migration: a new therapeutic target?



07.12.2017 - Mario Schubert, Salzburg, Austria; Title: "Structural basis for self-glycan recognition by the human immune-inhibitory receptor Siglec-8, a potential drug target for asthma"

09.11.2017 - Wataru Nishie, Sapporo, Japan, Title: "C-terminal processing of BP180 in blistering skin diseases"

19.10.2017 - Mark Berneburg, Regensburg, Title: "What can we learn clinically and scientifically from the rare disease Xeroderma pigmentosum?"

06.07.2017 - Véronique Witko-Sarsat, Paris, France, Title: "Neutrophils in Autoimmunity"

29.06.2017 - Hyun-Dong Chang, Berlin, Title: "Microbiota and adaptive immunity in health and inflammation"

22.06.2017 - Oliver Kurzai, Jena, Title: "Innate Immune Responses in Invasive Fungal Infections"

01.06.2017 - Zlatko Kopecki, Future Industries Institute University of South Australia, Adelaide; Australia; Title: "Novel therapeutic approaches for skin blistering diseases"

11.05.2017 - Florian Greten, Frankfurt, Institut für Tumorbiologie und experimentelle Therapie Frankfurt/Main, Title: "Cell Plasticity during intestinal tumorigenesis"

20.04.2017 - Susanne Brix-Pedersen, Technical University of Denmark, Copenhagen Department of Biotechnology and Biomedicine, Copenhagen, Denmark; Title: A Systems Biology approach to decipher biosynthesis of immunoregulatory components within the gut microbiota – and possible implications in relation to lifestyle diseases"

06.04.2017 - Richard Bucala, Yale University School of Medicine; Title: "Approaching the Gene-specific Therapy of Autoimmunity"

02.02.2017 - Gerd Geißlinger, Institute of Clinical Pharmacology, University of Frankfurt; Title: "Problems and recent advances in pain therapy"

26.01.2017 - Min Ae Lee-Kirsch, Department of Paediatrics University Hospital of Dresden; Title: "Genetic basis of type 1 interferonopathies"

19.01.2017 - Cristina Has, Department of Dermatology University Hospital of Freiburg; Title: "Mutations in KLHL24: a new cause for skin fragility"

12.01.2017 - Martin Glatz, Department of Dermatology University Hospital of Zurich, Switzerland; Title: "The role of the yeast Malassezia spp. in atopic dermatitis"




15.12.2016 - Christian Vestergaard, Department of DermatologyAarhus University Hospital, Denmark, Title: “Atopic dermatitis: Barrier function and co-mobidities”

08.12.2016 - Philipp Glaser; Evolution and Ecology of Resistance to Antibiotics Institut Pasteur, Paris/France; Title: "Genomic epidemiology of antibiotic resistance"

24.11.2016 - Heiko Mühl, Professor für PharmakologieUniversitätsklinikum Frankfurt Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main; Title: "Enviromental parameters cofactoring with IL-22"

17.11.2016 - Hans-Martin Jäck, Erlangen (within Retreat of the RTG1727, Bad Segeberg); Title:

10.11.2016 - Markus Lerch, Klinik für Innere MedizinUniversitätsmedizin der Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität Greifswald; Title: "What causes pancreatitis"

03.11.2016 - Bernhard Homey, Klinik für Dermatologie, Universität Düsseldorf; Title: “Insights into the pathogenesis of atopic skin inflammation”

15.09.2016 - Peter Koch, Professor of Dermatology, Cell & Developmental Biology, Director Bioengineering Core, University of Colorado School of Medicin; Title: "TP63-mediated control of stem cell fate in ectodermal dysplasias" 

02.06.2016 - Siamon Gordon, Oxford, UK; Title: "Macrophage receptors, activation and fusion"

02.06.2016 - Jenny Landsberg, Dermatology, University of Bonn; Title: "Interaction between the immune system and melanoma"

30.06.2016 - Attila Mócsai; Dr. Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary, Title: "Neutrophils and neutrophil signaling in inflammatory disease models"

12.05.2016 -Ari Waisman; Professor of Immunology, Institute for Molecular Medicine, University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Title: The role of IL-17 in autoimmunity"

21.04.2016 (within the Zellbiologisches Kolloquium) - Barbara Schraml, Walter-Brendel-Zentrum für Experimentelle MedizinKlinikum der Universität München, Title: "Putting Ontogeny at the Basis of defining Dendritic Cells and their Functions"

10.03.2016 - Karsten Kristiansen; University of Copenhagen, Denmark, Title: "The gut microbiota in health and disease"

11.02.2015 - Andreas Radbruch, DRFZ Berlin; Title: "The compartmentalisation of immunological memory"


17.12.2015 - Esther von Stebut-Borschitz; Department of Dermatology, University Medical Center, Johannes-Gutenberg-University Mainz. Title: "Dendritic cells as inducers of protection against cutaneous leishmaniasis"

19.11.2015 - Donald Gulberg, Department of Biomedicine, University of Bergen, Norway. Title: “Collagen-binding integrin receptors – static links or indicators of connective tissue dynamics” 

10.09.2015 - Sergio Arce, University of South Carolina, School of Medicine – Greenville, USA, Title: "Clinical and Immunological aspects of sarcoidosis"

16.07.15 - Frank Leypoldt, Neuroimmunologie, Klinische Chemie und Neuroimmunologische Ambulanz, Neurologie; UKSH Kiel; Title: "Anti-NMDAR Encephalitis - A new paradigm in neuroimmunology"

08.07.15 Prof. Dr. Manfred Wuhrer, Amsterdam Institute for Molecules, Medicines and Systems, Analytics of Biomolecular Interactions; NL; Title: "Glycomic changes of plasma proteins in autoimmunity and cancer: functional significance and diagnostic potential" 

02.07.15 Prof. Ron Taylor, PhD; University of Virgina, School of Medicine, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, Charlottesville, VA; Title: "Cytotoxic Mechanisms of Immunotherapy: Harnessing Complement in The Action of Anti-tumor Monoclonal Antibodies" 

04.06.15 Prof. Dr. Dirk Schlüter, Universität Magdeburg, Title: "Regulation of inflammation by deubiquitinating enzymes" 

07.05.2015 - Ina Koch, Department of Molecular Bioinformatics, Institute of Computer Science, GU Frankfurt a. M, Title: "Bioinformatics:  From Data Integration to Systems Biology"

12.02.2015 - George Hajishengallis, UPenn Philadelphia, Title: "Homeostasis and dysbiosis in inflammatory disease"

29.01.2015 - Triantafyllos Chavakis, University of Dresden, Title: "The contribution of Del-1 to inflammation"

15.01.2015 - Pascal Joly, Rouen, France, Title: "B cell targeting therapies in pemphigus"



11.12.2014 - Torsten Mempel, Massachusetts General Hospital, Title: "Cell migration and cell-cell communication in the immune system" 

27.11.2014 - Christian Münz, University of Zurich, Title: "Human tumorvirus infection and immune control in vivo"

13.11.2014 - Gestur Vidarsson, Sanquin, Amsterdam, Title: "IgG glycosylation in auto- and allo-immune diseases"

08.10.2014 - Andrea Tenner, UC Irvine, Title: "C1q Suppresses Human Macrophage and Dendritic Cell Mediated Th17 and Th1 cell proliferation"

16.07.2014 - Kai-Michael Töllner, University of Birmingham, Title: "Antibody and the regulation of directional evolution in germinal centres"

18.06.2014 - Andrey Kruglov, Berlin, Title: "Lymphotoxin-directed mechanisms of intestinal immunity and microbiota control"

14.05.2014 - Stefan Martin, University of Freiburg, Title: "Chemical-triggered innate inflammatory responses of the skin"

09.04.2014 - John Lambris, UPenn, Philadelphia, Title: "Innate Immunity: more than a guard against invading pathogens"

25.03.2014 - Julio Scharfstein, University Rio de Janeiro, Title: "Inflammatory edema propagated via the Kallikrein-Kinin System fuels intracardiac infectionby the parasitic protozoan Trypanosoma cruzi"

26.02.2014 - Markus Huber-Lang, University of Ulm, Title: "Sepsis and Complement: who tips the balance?"



20.11.2013 - Luisa Martinez-Pomares, University of Nottingham, Title: "The Mannose Receptor and immune modulation"

23.10.2013 - Alexander Flügel, University Göttingen, Title: "Live imaging of autoimmune T cells attacking the CNS"

25.09.2013 - Clarissa da Costa, TU München, Title: "Chronic helminth infection: Treg cells, their phenotype and beyond"

12.06.2013 - David Vöhringer, University Erlangen, Title: "Regulation of innate and adaptive immunity to helminths"

22.05.2013 - Magdalena Huber, University Marburg, Title: "Functional diversity of CD8+ T cells"

24.04.2013 - Phil Taylor, Cardiff University, Title: "Macrophage heterogeneity during inflammation"

13.03.2013 - Gudrun Debes, UPenn, Philadelphia, Title: "B and T cell recirculation through inflamed skin"