Immunology

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

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  • 2017 – 2020: PhD in Life Sciences with Dr. Elita Avota at the Institute for Virology and Immunobiology, University of Würzburg, Germany
  • 2014 – 2016: Master of Science in Immunology, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 2010 – 2013: Bachelor of Science Biotechnology, State University of West Zone, Brazil
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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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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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Kristina Krank

Master's Student

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  • 2020 – present: Master of Molecular Biotechnology, University of Heidelberg, Germany
  • 2017 – 2020: Bachelor of Molecular Biotechnology, University of Heidelberg, Germany
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Team PMI Alumni

At BioMed X we care for the people who work with us. Staying in touch with those who left but mainly contributed to BioMed X’s success is key. That’s why they have their designated place on our website. So let’s keep connected!

Dr. Jamie Frankish

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Dr. Benjamin Mielich-Süß

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