Graduate School

The HZI International Graduate School for Infection Research (GS-FIRE) provides an innovative structured PhD programme within the field of Infection Research. Implemented at the campus of the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research in Braunschweig together with its partner universities GS-FIRE has created an electrifying environment where young researchers are stimulated to exchange knowledge with their colleagues, peers and leading scientists from around the world. Besides intensive scientific training the young researchers have the possibility of improving their soft skills and advancing their interdisciplinary knowledge in preparation for the job market.


Dr. Sabine Kirchhoff

Management Graduate School

Curriculum Vitae

CV - Brief Overview:

  • PhD project on the "Function of the Interferon Regulatory Factor-1, GBF, Braunschweig
  • Doctorate at the Technische Universität Braunschweig
  • EMBO fellow at the Weizman Institute of Science, and Technion, Israel
  • Postdoc position at the Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum (DKFZ)
  • Group leader "T cells" at the DKFZ
  • Project leader in Biotec industry
  • Coordinator of the EU-funded project for the training of early stage Researchers (MIDITRAIN), HZI
  • Coordinator of the Helmholtz International Research School for Infection Biology, HZI
  • Head of the Helmholtz International Graduate School for Infection Biology, HZI


Education as a career consultant

Referee for various scientific journals, the Volkswagen Stiftung and the Helmholtz association.



Selected publications:

 - Schmitz, I., Weyd, H., Krüger, A., Baumann, S., Fas, SC., Krammer, PH., Kirchhoff, S. (2004),

 J. Immunol, 172, 2194.

- Schmitz, I., Krüger, A., Baumann. S., Schulze-Bergkamen, H., Krammer, PH., Kirchhoff, S. (2003),

 J. Immunol. 171, 2931.

- Lavrik, I., Krüger, A., Schmitz, I., Baumann, S., Weyd, H., Krammer. PH., Kirchhoff, S. (2003),

Cell Death Differ 10, 144.

- Kirchhoff, S., Sebens, T., Baumann, S., Krüeger, A., Zawatzky, R., Li-Weber, M., Meinl, E., Neipel, F., Fleckenstein, B., Krammer, PH. (2002), J. Immunol 186, 1226.

- Elser, B., Lohoff, M., Kock, S., Giasi, M., Kirchhoff, S., Krammer, PHJ., Li-Weber, M. (2002),

Immunity 17, 703.

- Krüger, A., Baumann, S., Krammer , PH., Kirchhoff, S. (2001), Mol Cell Biol. 21, 8247.

- Krüger, A., Schmitz, I., Baumann, S., Krammer , PH., Kirchhoff, S. (2001), J Biol Chem. 276, 20633


Dr. Sabine Kirchhoff

GS-FIRE (International Graduate School for Infection Research)

Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research
Inhoffenstraße 7
38124 Braunschweig


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