Microbes (viruses, bacteria etc) and their hosts (complex multicellular organisms) co-exist for millions of years. This co-evolution led to the development of intimate interactions between both parties. Such interactions may be essential for the pathogen to replicate (e.g. recruitment of host factors) or for the host to limit spread of the pathogen (e.g. proteins of the innate immune system). Some pathogenic microorganisms, however, can evade the immune system and accellerate disease. Our group is interested in understanding the interactions between pathogenic viruses and their hosts on molecular and functional levels, focusing on RNA-protein and protein-protein interactions.

Molecular Biology of Innate Immunity and Virus Infections
Virus proteins interact with the host cell receptors on the membrane and signalling proteins in the cytoplasm.


Pietro wins MPI-B Junior Research award!

Congratulations to Pietro for winning a Max-Planck Institute of Biochemistry Junior Research award that honor the best publications published at the Max-Planck Institute of Biochemistry in the past year. First in our lab’s history to get this prestigious award! Well done, Pietro (and great talk at the ceremony)!

Meet our new instrument — incucyte S3!

The automatic live cell imaging microscope is now fully operational inside a shiny new incubator.

Antiviral Network of Proteins published in Nature Immunology

Philipp’s work on Interferon Stimulated Genes uncovered many unknown functions of the innate immune system

Andreas gets ERC Consolidator Grant!

Fantastic achievement that strengthens our positions at the front line of research

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