Thomas Boehm

Evolution of vertebrate adaptive immune systems

Max Planck Insitute for Biology
Adjunct Faculty in: IMPRS


  • 1975-1982 Study of Medicine at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany
  • 1982-1986 Fellow in Biological Chemistry and Pediatrics, University of Frankfurt Medical School University, New York, USA
  • 1987-1991 Staff Scientist at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, England
  • 1992-1994 Professor at the University of Freiburg Medical School, Germany
  • 1995-1997 Professor at the German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg, Germany
  • since 1998 Director at the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Freiburg, Germany

Research Interest

Our research focuses on the evolution of adaptive immune systems and their design principles. In particular, we study the development and function of the thymus and T cells. We take a comparative approach examining a number of species, ranging from basal vertebrates to humans, with special emphasis on vertebrates with life styles at the extreme ends of the phenotypic spectrum.

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