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The Institute of Immunology was founded in 1967 as the first research institution in German-speaking countries solely dedicated to immunology research. Today, it offers an excellent international research and training environment with almost 50 members from more than 15 countries.

The Institute is structured into of 4 research divisions (Division of Immunobiology, Division of Immune Cell receptors and T-cell activation, Division of Immune Regulation, Division of Cellular Immunology and Immunohematology) with 7 research groups. Moreover, the Institute of Immunology runs a Laboratory for Immunodiagnostics.

COVID-19 research at the Institute of Immunology

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The importance of cellular metabolic adaptation in inducing robust T cell responses is well established. However, the mechanism by which T cells link information regarding nutrient supply to clonal expansion and effector function is still enigmatic.


CD4+ T cell trafficking is a fundamental property of adaptive immunity, thus mechanistic insight into T cell migration is key to understand T cell-mediated immune diseases.


SARS-CoV-2 has triggered a pandemic that is now claiming many lives. Several studies have investigated cellular immune responses in COVID-19-infected patients during disease but little is known regarding a possible protracted impact of COVID-19 on..


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January 18, 2022: The Sakaguchi Group is looking for a highly motivated PhD student who is interested to investigate epigenetic and transcriptional mechanisms controlling CD8+ T cell differentiation.


November 26, 2021: The Ellmeier laboratory is looking for a motivated and enthusiastic postdoctoral fellow who is interested to investigate transcriptional control mechanisms regulating murine and human Th cell differentiation.


October 4, 2021: In this new FWF project the Sakaguchi group will investigate the role of histone deacetylse in cytotoxic T cells.


September 2, 2021: Winfried Pickl of the Institute of Immunology (Center for Pathophysiology, Infectiology and Immunology) at the MedUni Vienna was re-elected treasurer of EFIS (European Federation of Immunological Societies) for the 2022-2024 term..


March 12, 2021: Auszeichnung für erfolgreiche Weiterentwicklung der Erfindung „Inhibition von Rhinovirusinfektionen“ im Rahmen der Ausgründung GST-Antivirals


The laboratory of Wilfried Ellmeier has an open PhD student position within the research network ENLIGHT-TEN+, which is a structured research & training network of European immunologists and bioinformaticians from academia and industry focused..


As part of the EFIS - Immunology Letters study group, members of the Institute are organizing an European-wide online immunology lecture series. The lectures take place every 1st and 3rd Tuesday @17:00 (CET) via Zoom. If you are interested to..


December 16, 2020: Narendra Dhele, PhD student in the laboratory of Wilfried Ellmeier, received a Lady Tata International Award. The Lady Tata Memorial Trust was founded in April 1932 by Sir Dorabji Tata in memory of his wife, Lady Meherbai, who had..