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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

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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.


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..


News & Events


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..


1. Juni 2022: Die Expertin für menschliche B-Zell-Lymphozyten kommt vom Universitätsklinikum Freiburg nach Wien.


20. Mai 2022: Great success at the “Lange Nacht der Forschung” (Long Night of Research event)!


May 23, 2022: 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.


Vortrags - und Diskussionsrunde für Fachpublikum und Interessierte


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.