Experimental Immunology

Every day we are attacked by a large number of different pathogens that our immune system tries to repel by using various strategies. To combat these, cells of the immune system have learnt to distinguish between harmless self structures and potentially dangerous foreign ones. Sometimes, however, immune cells are generated, which are falsely programmed and can attack structures in their own body. Learn more about the body`s protection against these cells and how we can use this mechanism in therapy.


Prof Jochen Hühn

Immune cells have to be in balance. If they lose this balanced state, we become ill.

Jochen Hühn

Jochen Hühn recognized his interest in immunology early on. He studied biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Hamburg and also worked at the Cornell University (USA). During his time as a diploma and PhD student at the Bernhard-Nocht-Institute in Hamburg, he researched signal transduction in T-cells, a type of immune cell. After a further year as postdoc, he joined the research group "Experimental Rheumatology" of the Charité University of Medicine, Berlin. In 2006, he became a Junior Professor for Immune Regulation with a focus on rheumatology and clinical immunology. His successful research on regulatory T cells was rewarded with the Avrion Mitchison-Award for Rheumatism Research (2002), the Wolfgang Schulze Award for Rheumatism Research (2007) and the Langener Science Award (2007). Jochen Hühn has remained faithful to the investigation of regulatory T cells and currently heads the Department of Experimental Immunology at the HZI Braunschweig and holds a professorship at the Hannover Medical School (MHH) since August 2008.

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