Where we work

Where we work

Institutes and facilities


Currently, we have students in 24 research groups in Berlin. A large proportion of our PhD candidates are based in research groups at the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, the others work in groups based on different campus locations of the Charité or Technical University Berlin, or work at the MPUSP or the DRFZ which share our building. We also have PhD candidates on the FU campus in the South of Berlin (Department for Veterinary Medicine) and at the Max Planck Institute for Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam.

Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology
34 (~55%)
Charité Universitätsmedizin - Berlin (Campus locations: Mitte, Virchow, Benjamin Franklin, BIH)
17 (~27%)
German Rheumatism Research Center (Deutsches Rheuma Forschungszentrum, DRFZ)
5 (~8%)
Institute of Virology, Department of Veterinary Medicine, FU Berlin
4 (~6%)
Institute for Biotechnology, Technical University Berlin
2 (~3%)
Research fields
Our understanding of infections and their interactions with other diseases such as cancer, neurological and metabolic disorders has progressed significantly over the last decades. However, many relevant infectious diseases are far from being eradicated. The opposite is the case: resistance to antimicrobials (in man and livestock), lack of efficient vaccines and therapies for major global health threats along with evolution of new pathogen variants has led to the emergence or re-emergence of infectious diseases of sometimes epidemic dimensions. On the other hand, our immune system is ever more likely to “go rogue” as autoimmune disorders and allergies which are associated with a modern lifestyle are on the rise.
The IMPRS-IDI sets out to train and support the next generation of researchers in addressing these important challenges. In their projects, the IMPRS-IDI doctoral students aim to explain the genetic, biochemical and organismal basis of infections and immune reactions. The projects are in the areas of pathogenicity mechanisms, pathogen-host interactions, pathogen-host co-evolution, chronic inflammation, autoimmune diseases, development and differentiation of immune cells.

Where we work


Cellular Microbiology

Group Leader: Arturo Zychlinsky

Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology


Visualisation of Immune Signalling

Group Leader: Marcus Taylor

Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology


Malaria parasite biology

Group Leader: Silvia Portugal

Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology

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Innate Immune Regulation

Group Leader: Olivia Majer

Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology


Vector Biology

Group Leader: Elena Levashina

Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology


In vivo cell biology of infection

Group Leader: Mark Cronan

Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology


Evolutionary Pathogenomics

Group Leader: Felix M. Key

Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology


Genetics of Host-Microbe Interactions

Group Leader: Igor Iatsenko

Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology


Infectious Diseases Epidemiology

Group Leader: Matthieu Domenech de Cellès

Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology

Quantitative Biology

Group Leader: Simone Reber

Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology

Biochemistry and Systems Biology of Metabolism

Group Leader: Markus Ralser

Institute for Biochemistry (Charité)

Location: Charité Campus Mitte

Development and function of the innate immune system

Group Leader: Andreas Diefenbach

Institute of Microbiology, Infectious Diseases and Immunology (Charité)

Location: Charité Campus Benjamin Franklin

Innate Immunity

Group Leader: Chiara Romagnani

Department of Gastroenterology, Infectious Diseases and Rheumatology, Deutsches Rheumaforschungszentrum (DRFZ)

Regenerative Immunology and Aging

Group Leader: Andreas Thiel

Berlin Institute Health @Charité


Group Leader: Julia Polansky-Biskup

Berlin Institute of Health Center for
Regenerative Therapies / DRFZ

Immunology of Infectious Diseases & Vaccinology

Group Leader: Leif Erik Sander

Department of Infectious Diseases and Respiratory Medicine (Charité)

Location: Charité Campus Virchow

Experimental Rheumatology

Group Leader: Eicke Latz

Scientific Director, Deutsches Rheuma Forschungszentrum Berlin (DRFZ)

Professor for Experimental Rheumatology (Charité Berlin)

Medical Biotechnology

Group Leader: Sina Bartfeld

Institute for Biotechnology,
Technische Universität Berlin

Viral Integration, Tumorigenesis and Virus Evolution

Group Leader: Benedikt Kaufer

Institute of Virology, Department for Veterinary Medicine, FU Berlin

Molecular Pathogenesis of Herpesviruses

Group Leader: Klaus Osterrieder (currently absent) / Jakob Tripmert

Institute of Virology, Department for Vererinary Medicine, FU Berlin

Contact IMPRS-IDI Office

+49 30 2084 60 140