The Allergology-Immunology-Inflammation research unit within the Department of Infection and Immunity focusses on different aspects of immune-related disorders, such as allergies, autoimmune diseases or cancers. It regroups specialists from different fields in order to address fundamental scientific questions and unmet medical needs.


De-regulated immune responses are the main focus of the Allergology-Immunology-Inflammation research unit, which is composed of 6 research groups:

  • Allergy and Clinical Immunology, headed by Prof Markus Ollert;
  • Eco-Immunology and Microbiome, headed by Prof Mahesh Desai;
  • Molecular and Translational Allergology, headed by Dr Christiane Hilger and Dr Annette Kühn;
  • Innate Cellular Immunity and Chronic Inflammation, headed by Dr Jacques Zimmer and Dr Tatiana Michel;
  • Molecular and Experimental Immunology, headed by Prof Dirk Brenner;
  • Immune Systems Biology, headed by Dr Feng He
  • Immune Endocrine and Epigenetics, headed by Dr Jonathan Turner.

Strategic research goals

  • Common molecular mechanisms of immune activation and immune tolerance
  • Bridging basic, translational and clinical research
  • Shifting gears: combining hypothesis-driven with multilevel-omics research in an integrative approach
  • Applying computational and networking methodologies for target identification in immune-mediated diseases
  • Preclinical target evaluation and disease modelling for novel immunotherapies against allergy, autoimmunity and cancer

Head of research unit

Prof. Markus Ollert is head of the Allergology - Immunology - Inflammation research unit. He has long term expertise in the field of Allergy and Dermatology.

Deputy Heads of research unit

Dr. Christiane Hilger and Dr. Jonathan Turner are deputy heads of the Allergology - Immunology - Inflammation research unit.


Markus Ollert


29, rue Henri Koch
Tel. : +352 26970-829