Institute of Inflammation and Neurodegeneration
The focus of our research is the characterization of the innate immune cell subsets in the central nervous system, such as resident microglia, recruited monocytes and innate lymphoid cells. We study how particular immune cells cross the blood-brain-barrier and communicate with neurons during neuroinflammation. We are keen to understand the underlying mechanisms, how gut microbiota and peripheral infections modulate the course of Toxoplasma gondii infection induced inflammation of the brain. Moreover, the various effects of recruited immune cells on brain homeostasis and on the development of neurodegenerative diseases
is in our scope.