Immune Regulation

Our immune system is a precisely balanced protective wall that recognizes and combats pathogenic intruders. Similar to ourselves the immune system sometimes can be led astray and, by mistake, attacks parts of the own body. Furthermore, parallel infections with different pathogens massively challenge our immune system. Learn more about how scientists investigate the balance of the immune system in those extreme situations.

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Prof Dunja Bruder

Immunology as a research field is close to life. It has a high relevance for everybody. And that is the reason why I am an immunologist.

Dunja Bruder

Prof Dunja Bruder

Dunja Bruder studied biotechnology at the Technical University of Braunschweig and passed her diploma in 1996. She already showed a high interest in immunology during her studies and analyzed immune responses against bacterial toxins during her PhD thesis at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (1996-1999).

In the following years, Dunja Bruder worked as a postdoc in the junior group “Mucosal Immunity” and established transgenic mouse models for the investigation of autoimmune diseases.

During several scientific stays abroad, for example at the Harvard Medical School in Boston and the Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, she deepened her immunological knowledge and tightened important cooperations. Her successful research activity was rewarded with the Young Investigator Award of the Society of Mucosal Immunology in 2005.

Since October 2006 Dunja Bruder leads the research group “Immune Regulation” at the HZI and was rewarded as the “Supervisor of the year 2008” for her exemplary education of PhD students. In December 2009 she completed her habilitation thesis for immunology at the Hanover Medical School. Since August 2011 Dunja Bruder has a professorship for infections immunology at the Otto-von-Guericke-University in Magdeburg.

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