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Louis Pasteur

Welcome to the Institute of Immunology !

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

Science communication at the Institute of Immunology



(Vienna, 18-09-2023) Autoimmune diseases are complex illnesses, the causes of which are diverse and have not yet been fully explained. The team led by Nicole Boucheron and Ruth Herbst (Centre for Pathophysiology, Infectiology and Immunology at..


26. Juli 2023: T-Zell-Fitness: neuer Prognosemarker für das Ansprechen auf CAR-T-Zell-Therapien


January 2023: Chimeric antigen receptor T (CART) cell therapy targeting the B cell specific differentiation antigen CD19 has shown clinical efficacy in a subset of relapsed/refractory (r/r) diffuse large B cell lymphoma (DLBCL) patients. Despite..


August 2022: Worldwide, pollen of the weed mugwort (Artemisiavulgaris) is a major cause of severe respiratory allergy, with its major allergen, Art v 1, being the key pathogenic molecule for millions of patients. Humanized mice transgenic for a..


August 2022: Antibody-based tests are available for measuring SARS-CoV-2-specific immune responses but fast T-cell assays remain scarce. Robust T cell-based tests are needed to differentiate specific cellular immune responses after infection from..


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.


News & Events


Zwei hochtalentierte und wissenschaftsneugierige Schülerinnen, Anna Repka und Xiuyu Ji, haben im August 2023 ein FFG gefördertes Talente Praktikum in den Forschungs-gruppen von Dr. Nicole Boucheron am Institut für Immunologie und Prof. Karin..


We invite all groups interested in B cell research to join and share their project. We kindly ask you to register and write a title of your contribution.


03-05-2023: Die Kommunikation zu Grundlagen und Wirkungsweise des Immunsystems hat sich mit dem Auftreten des Coronavirus vervielfacht, ob durch Expert:innen direkt oder über die Medien und auf Social Media. Die Impf-Skepsis und die Verbreitung von..


02-05-2023: Winfried Pickl, Immunologe am Institut für Immunologie des Zentrums für Pathophysiologie, Infektiologie und Immunologie der MedUni Wien, hat mit Anfang Mai die Professur für Translationale Immunologie (§99 (1)) an der MedUni Wien..


Zum 80. Todestag von Karl Landsteiner hat Winfried Pickl vom Institut für Immunologie der MedUni Wien einen Immunologie-Forschungscluster-Vortrag zum Leben und Wirken des renommierten österreichischen Arztes, Immunologen und Humanisten gehalten.


Ornella Parolini Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Rome Venue: VCC seminar room, Lazarettgasse 19 (1st floor), 1090 Vienna Time: Friday, May 12, 2023, 2.00 pm Host: Johannes Stöckl, Institute of Immunology, CePII, Medical University of..


Eine der führenden Immunologinnen Österreichs und langjähriges Mitglied des Instituts für Immunologie ist im 92. Lebensjahr verstorben.


September 2022: Ci Ashley Zhu, the Karl Landsteiner Prize was presented to Ci Ashley Zhu, a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Immunology, Centre for Pathophysiology, Infectiology and Immunology at MedUni Vienna, by the Austrian Society for..


12.9.2022: Congratulation to Al Nasar Ahmed SEHGAL (PhD student in the lab of Winfried Pickl) who was awarded for his “Best Poster Presentation” at the joint annual meeting of DGfI and ÖGAI in Hannover (


August 2022: Dr. Maya Zabel (from the research group of Winfried Pickl) has received the Joachim Ganzer Award of Allergen Immunotherapy 2022 in the amount of 5,000 Euros for her original work "Art 1 IgE epitopes of patients and humanized mice are..