Our research group focuses first on how inflammation, allergic and autoimmune responses are controlled in the body’s periphery, and second, on how the same factors contribute to the development of lymphoma.

Protein ubiquitination, signaling to NF-ĸB and metabolic adaptations have in particular emerged as key mechanisms regulating immune homeostasis. How the differing signals triggered under various inflammatory conditions are integrated to ensure a coordinated immune response and maintenance of homeostasis is still only poorly understood. In that respect, we analyse regulatory circuits of the innate and adaptive immune system.

A better understanding of how inflammatory reactions are balanced will yield novel insights into the initiation and potential treatment of inflammatory diseases and hematological malignancies.

Research projects

  • Role of Th1, Th2, Th17 and regulatory T (Treg) cell subsets in mediating and mitigating inflammation.
  • Control of anaphylaxis by Treg cells.
  • Examine common pathways bridging the fields of inflammation and cancer biology.

Featured Publications

The antioxidant glutathione as a regulator of natural killer cell immunity. (Doctoral thesis)

  • Experimental and Molecular Immunology
December 22, 2021
2021 Dec. Luxembourg: Université de Luxembourg, 2021. 168 p.
  • Guerra L.

A dangeROS liaison: the metabolism-dependent regulation of B lymphocytes. (Doctoral thesis)

  • Experimental and Molecular Immunology
September 28, 2021
2021 Sep. Luxembourg: Université du Luxembourg 2021. 211 p.
  • Franchina D.
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Dirk Brenner

M.S., PhD

29, rue Henri Koch
Tel. : +352 26970-319