Team PMI

Pathogen-Mediated Modulation of Innate Immunity

Preliminary evidence suggests that pathogenic microorganisms can exploit functional innate immunity networks of the host to aid immune evasion, and that de-regulation of those same networks might contribute to pathology in chronic inflammatory diseases. The team is interested in identifying key molecular and cellular mechanisms at the pathogen-host interface which could be exploited as potential targets for the treatment of multiple chronic inflammatory diseases.

  • Mentors
    • Dr. Lee Kim Swee
      Cancer Immunology and Immune Modulation at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma, Biberach, Germany (Industry mentor)
    • Prof. Dr. Adelheid Cerwenka
      Head of Immunobiochemsitry at Medical Faculty Mannheim, University of Heidelberg, Germany (Academic mentor)
The research of this team is kindly sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim.

Our Team Members

Dr. Bachir El Debs

Group Leader

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    • 2013-2017: Post-doc in pathogen-host interactions with Dr. Athanasios Typas at the EMBL-Heidelberg, Germany
    • 2011-2013: Post-doc in single-cell analysis and microfluidics with Dr. Christoph Merten at the EMBL-Heidelberg, Germany
    • 2008-2011: PhD in microfluidics with Dr.Christoph Merten in the Laboratory of Prof. Andrew Griffiths, University of Strasbourg, France
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Dr. Maria Nathalia de Lira

Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr. Eleni Chouri

Postdoctoral Researcher

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    • 2019-2020: Postdoc in single-cell analysis in autoimmune patients using droplets-based microfluidics in Immunoengineering group at Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
    • 2014-2019: PhD in Immunology and Autoimmune Diseases in the Laboratory of Translational Immunology at University Medical Center Utrecht (UMCU), The Netherlands
    • 2011-2014: Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences, Biology of Diseases, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
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Mathieu Gendarme

Computer vision & data scientist

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    • 2014-2017: Research Associate, Metabolism and Signaling in Cancer, BioMed X, Germany
    • 2010–2013: Master of Science in Biotechnology, European School of Biotechnology Strasbourg, France
    • 2008–2010: Bachelor degree in biology, mathematics, chemistry, University of Strasbourg, France
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Annika Lambert

Research Assistant

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    • 2017-2020: Master of Science in Molecular Cell Biology and Immunology, Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, Germany
    • 2013-2016: Bachelor of Science in Biosciences, TU Kaiserslautern, Germany
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Sneha Prabhakara Shastry

Research Assistant

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    • 2018 – 2021: Master of Science in Regenerative Biology and Medicine, TU Dresden, Germany
    • 2017 – 2018: Research Trainee at Department of Biochemistry,
      Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
    • 2013 – 2017: Bachelor of Engineering in Biotechnology,
      M.S Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore, India
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Team PMI Alumni

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Dr. Jamie Frankish

Anastasia Demshina

Dr. Benjamin Mielich-Süß

Katrin Strosack

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Kathrin Schultheiß

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