Systems-Oriented Immunology and Inflammation Research

The idea that death can save lives is indeed a truism, but for complex organisms there is a significant protective mechanism in the background. Apoptosis is the name for the “suicide programme”, with which injured, old, mutated or dangerous cells can be deactivated in human tissue. But this suicide program can be misused by pathogens – or it can get out of control. You can read here how scientists are seeking to understand and make use of programmed cellular death in a cooperative research group within the Institute for Molecular and Clinical Immunology at the Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg and the HZI.



Prof Dr Ingo Schmitz

Research Group Leader

Curriculum Vitae

Education and scientific career

*1990 – 1996  
Studies in Biochemistry, Hannover University

*1995 – 1996  
Diploma thesis, Heidelberg University

*1998 – 2000  
Ph.D. thesis (supervisor Prof. Dr. Peter Krammer, DKFZ Heidelberg)

Scientific assistant/post-doc at the DKFZ, Heidelberg

*2001 – 2003  
Post-doc at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA

Guest scientist at the Medical Faculty, Essen University (Institute for Cell Biology)

*2003 – 2008  
Group leader at the Medical Faculty, Düsseldorf University (Institute of Molecular Medicine)

*2008 – 2009  
Group leader at the Medical Faculty, Düsseldorf University (Institute of Medical Microbiology and Hospital Hygiene)

*Since 2009    
Co-appointment as an Associate Professor (W2) at the Institute of Immunology of the Medical Faculty of the Otto-von-Guericke-University of Magdeburg, Germany, and the Helmholtz Center for Infection Research, Braunschweig, Germany

Honours, awards & activities in the scientific community

*2001 – 2002  
Emmy-Noether stipend by the Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft

Habilitation for Molecular Medicine (supervisor Prof. Dr. Klaus Schulze-Osthoff) and Venia legendi for Molecular Medicine, Düsseldorf University

W1-Professorship for Cellular Immunology at the Georg-August-University Göttingen, Germany; call turned down

*Since 2009
Deputy head of the Department Immune control at the Helmholtz-Center for Infection Research (HZI), Braunschweig

*2010 – 2011  
Helmholtz Academy for Junior Manager

STS/CCS Science Award by the Signal Transduction Society

*Since 2012    
Elected member of the scientific council of the Helmholtz Center for Infection Research, Braunschweig, Germany

*Since 2013    
Spokesman of the study group „Signaltransduction“ of the German Society for Immunology (DGfI)

*Since 2013    
Member of the scientific council of the Signal Transduction Society

*Since 2014    
Coordinator of the integrated research training group of the SFB854; together with Prof. Dr. Dunja Bruder

Supervisor of the year, Do-It (PhD student initiative of the HZI) 

Bachelor & Master
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Audio Podcast

  • Gas und Bremse für ImmunantwortenUnser Immunsystem ist geprägt durch ein kompliziertes Wechselspiel unterschiedlicher Immunzellen, das Wissenschaftler stückchenweise verstehen lernen. Um das Immunsystem daran zu hindern, dass es sich gegen uns selbst richtet oder um ihm auch mal einen Schubs geben zu können, müssen sie die molekularen Stellknöpfe finden – und beeinflussen. Einen dieser Stellknöpfe haben Ingo Schmitz und Marc Schuster entdeckt. Folgen Sie den beiden ins Labor...
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