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Nature paper by the Vorholt Lab and collaborators at MPI cologne: 

Functional overlap of the Arabidopsis leaf and root microbiota.

Yang Bai, Daniel B. Müller, Girish Srinivas, Ruben Garrido-Oter, Eva Potthoff, Matthias Rott, Nina Dombrowski, Philipp C. Münch, Stijn Spaepen, Mitja Remus-Emsermann, Bruno Hüttel, Alice C. McHardy, Julia A. Vorholt & Paul Schulze-Lefert.

Nature. 2015 doi:10.1038/nature16192.


ETH News Article >>

New paper by the Hardt Lab:

Autophagy Proteins Promote Repair of Endosomal Membranes Damaged by the Salmonella Type Three Secretion System 1.

Kreibich S, Emmenlauer M, Fredlund J, Rämö P, Münz C, Dehio C, Enninga J, Hardt WD.

Cell Host Microbe. 2015 Nov;18(5):527-37.

Comment by Owen KA and Casanova JE >>


New paper by the Oxenius Lab: 

The Salivary Gland Acts as a Sink for Tissue-Resident Memory CD8+ T Cells, Facilitating Protection from Local Cytomegalovirus Infection.

Thom JT, Weber TC, Walton SM, Torti N, Oxenius A.

Cell Rep. 2015 Oct 27. pii: S2211-1247(15)01136-5.

Seminars in Microbiology >>

Wednesdays, 17:15h, ETH Hoenggerberg, HCP E47.3


The next seminar series starts in the Spring Semester 2016.

Cutting Edge Topics: Immunology & Infection Biology >>

Tuesdays, 17:15h, ETH Hoenggerberg, HCI D8


The next seminar series starts in the Spring Semester 2016.


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Upcoming Events

XXVIII Meeting of the Swiss Immunology PhD students  >>

February 8-10, 2016
Schloss Wolfsberg, Switzerland

Phyllosphere 2015 Conference

10th International Symposium on Phyllosphere Microbiology  >>

July 19-23, 2015
Monte Verità, Ascona, Switzerland



The Research Labs

Annette Oxenius: Infection Immunology

The main research goal of Annette's group is the elucidation of molecular, cellular and systemic mechanisms of innate and adaptive immune defense against acute and persistent viral or bacterial infections in relation to the dynamics of the infecting pathogen.  >>

Julia Vorholt: Microbial Physiology

The group of Julia Vorholt works on the mechanisms of adaptation to life on plant surfaces using methylotrophic bacteria as model organisms. Of particular interest is the metabolism of these bacteria that is based on one-carbon compound conversion.  >>

Markus Aebi: Microbial Glycobiology

The group works on the N-linked glycosylation of proteins both in eukaryotes and in bacteria. Elegant genetic procedures have led to the isolation of different mutants that are defective in defined steps in the assembly of the lipid-linked core oligosaccharide and the transfer of the oligosaccharide to polypeptides.   >>

Wolf-Dietrich Hardt: Salmonella Pathogenesis

Salmonella spp. are pathogenic bacteria which can colonize the intestine of humans and animals. Wolf-Dietrich Hardt and his group analyze the molecular mechanisms of Salmonella enterocolitis. The SPI-1 Type III secretion system of Salmonella Typhimurium (TTSS-1) is of special interest.   >>

Antonio Lanzavecchia: Immune Regulation

Antonio Lanzavecchias' group is interested in understanding how signaling from antigen receptors, co-stimulatory molecules and cytokines determines lymphocyte fate. His working hypothesis is that lymphocyte differentiation is a progressive process determined by the cumulative strength of stimulation (i.e. intensity and duration) resulting from the stochastic exposure of T cells to antigen presenting cells and cytokines.   >>

Jörn Piel: Bacterial Natural Products

The Piel group uses biological and chemical methods to study bacterial metabolites that play important roles in microbial interactions, such as symbioses with marine invertebrates and other hosts. In addition to their ecological significance, these compounds often exhibit potent pharmacological activities and are therefore of considerable interest for drug discovery. A major research focus is the metabolism of uncultivated bacteria.  >>


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