Research of the Department of Molecular Immunology seeks to better understand the organisation and regulation of intracellular signalling pathways in normal and diseased lymphocytes. Research of the Department is traditionally focused on the B lymphocyte although recently we have extended our studies to signalling pathways in mast cells and to structure/function studies of the T cell antigen receptor. We have developed several model systems for studying protein-protein interactions between leukocyte receptors and their signalling components.
In collaboration with the University of Freiburg and the MPI, the Department organizes an advanced study of molecular immunology. This program started in 1997 and has become very popular, attracting students from Freiburg and other Universities.