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Research Training Group

genes, environment, inflammation

Within this Research Training Group we will study the environmental influences responsible for the development of complex, chronic diseases. Moreover, we will systematically examine the previously understudied interplay between the (micro)-environment and predisposing genetic factors...

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The scientists in the Research Training Group (RTG) want to find out

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  • how the non-genetical schemes in the cell change during the development of chronic inflammatory diseases;
  • how diet influences the development of inflammatory diseases;
  • new statistical and bioinformatical ways to express research results.


a team of young and innovative scientists who are experts in the fields of:

  • molecular biology
  • human genetics
  • immunology
  • bioinformatics
  • biochemistry
  • microbiology
  • epidemiology
  • statistics.

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The purpose of the structured doctoral student programme is to:

  • enable young scientists to obtain their doctoral degree within three years;
  • qualify doctoral students for postdoctoral work;
  • impart interdisciplinary knowledge;
  • promote postgraduate students' transferrable skills.

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Latest News

21 Feb, 2017
Immunogenomics of disease: accelerating to patient benefit - an inspiring conference visit

I was very happy to be able to attend the conference “Immunogenomics of disease: accelerating to patient benefit”, which was hold at the Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre in Hinxton (UK) from 6th to 8th of February. The conference was divided in subtopics, in order to deal with different aspects of Immunogenomics, starting with “Systemic autoimmunity and autoinflammation”, “Gastrointestinal autoinflammation and microbiome” to continue with “Immunogenomic approaches and therapeutic advances” and “Genetic and genomic diversity of immune cells”.

Many talks were focused on the topic of expression quantitative trait loci (eQTLs), which are nowadays of great interest in the field. The conference was perfectly fitting my research topic as T  and B cells repertoires were among the discussed subjects. In particular one project concerning Mucosal Associated Invariant T cells (MAIT) was of direct interest for me and I had the opportunity to discuss the topic with an expert and get interesting ideas for my research. Of great interested was also a tool, in development, to distinguish different immune cells populations proportions from expression data. For example by taking expression profiles of immune blood cells, the software should be able to predict the proportions of the different subpopulations.

Overall I think it was a positive experience both for the networking possibilities but especially for the ideas and suggestions which I got from the talks and...