Cellular Proteome Research
Proteins are the functional building blocks in infection and immunity as well as the prime target in drug research. Our research is focusing on the characterization of primary immune cell responses by proteomics. Immune cells establish highly distinct protein networks to mediate protection against pathogens. For that, immune cells constitute signaling or secretory immunological synapses (IS). These synapses orchestrate all cell contact-dependent responses including antigen-recognition and cytokine releases.
Our research aims to complement missing information of how protein networks at synapses control the activity of immune cells (NK, MAIT, Treg). In particular, projects shall discover and characterize novel immune regulatory mechanism that have translational and clinical relevance.
Immune cell phenotyping combines modern technologies of proteomics with methods of molecular immunology and cell biology. Protein networks at synapses are mainly under the control of post-translational mechanisms (phosphorylation, ubiquitination, vesicle transport, ROS/metabolites) that we directly examine by mass spectrometry.
Central aspects of our research are:
Bachelor & Master
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