Research for the Environment

Department Environmental Immunology

Department Environmental Immunology and Core-Facility Studies

Head of the department:
Dr. Irina Lehmann


Foreign Language Assistant (german/english/french)
Alice Teipelke

Tel.: + 49 341 235-1265
Fax: +49 341 235-1787

Permoserstraße 15
04318 Leipzig

Building 6.0

office hours

monday, wednesday, thursday: 10am-3pm

tuesday: 9am-3pm and friday: 10am-2pm

The Department Environmental Immunology investigates the influence of environmental factors on the human immune system. Epidemiological studies are performed to study how immune responses are modulated by environmental pollutants and life style factors. In addition, in vitro models are used to ascertain the causal links between exposure and immunomodulation, and to characterise the basic molecular mechanisms.

Data gained in vivo from epidemiological studies and in vitro from experimental models are used to elucidate allergies and other diseases caused by environmental factors. Interest is focused on pollutants stemming from indoor sources.

Recent publications

Ali R, Trump S, Lehmann I, Hanke T Live cell imaging of the intracellular compartmentalization of the contaminate benzo[a]pyrene Biophotonics 8 2015 May,361-371 Abstract

Rösch C, Wissenbach DK, von Bergen M, Franck U, Wendisch M, Schlink U The lasting effect of limonene-induced particle formation on air quality in a genuine indoor environment Environ Sci Pollut Res Int. 2015 May 14 Abstract

Klümper C, Krämer U, Lehmann I, von Berg A, Berdel D, Herberth G, Beckmann C, Link E, Heinrich J, Hoffmann B, Schins RP; GINIplus and LISAplus study groups Air pollution and cytokine responsiveness in asthmatic and non-asthmatic children Environ Res. 2015 Apr;138:381-90 Abstract

Idler N, Teuner CM, Hunger M, Holle R, Ortlieb S, Schulz H, Bauer CP, Hoffmann U, Koletzko S, Lehmann I, von Berg A, Berdel D, Hoffmann B, Schaaf B, Heinrich J, Wolfenstetter SB; GINIplus and LISAplus Study Groups The association between physical activity and healthcare costs in children - results from the GINIplus and LISAplus cohort studies BMC Public Health 2015 Apr 29;15:437 Abstract

Casas L, Sunyer J, Tischer C, Gehring U, Wickman M, Garcia-Esteban R, Lehmann I, Kull I, Reich A, Lau S, Wijga A, Antó JM, Nawrot TS, Heinrich J, Keil T, Torrent M. Early-life house dust mite allergens, childhood mite sensitization, and respiratory outcomes Allergy 2015 Apr 8 Abstract

Tischer C, Standl M, Lehmann I, Schaaf B, von Berg A, Heinrich J Sleeping on animal fur is related to asthma outcomes in later childhood Eur Respir J. 2015 Apr 2 Abstract

Fuertes E, Standl M, von Berg A, Lehmann I, Hoffmann B, Bauer CP, Koletzko S, Berdel D, Heinrich J Parental allergic disease before and after child birth poses similar risk for childhood allergies Allergy 2015 Mar 13 Abstract

Tiesler CM, Thiering E, Tischer C, Lehmann I, Schaaf B, von Berg A, Heinrich J Exposure to visible mould or dampness at home and sleep problems in children: Results from the LISAplus study Environ Res. 2015 Feb;137:357-63 Abstract

Herberth G, Offenberg K, Rolle-Kampczyk U, Bauer M, Otto W, Röder S, Grützmann K, Sack E, Simon J-C, Borte M, von Bergen M, Lehmann I Endogenous metabolites and inflammasome activity in early childhood and links to respiratory diseases J. Allergy Clin. Immunol. 2015 Jan Abstract