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

Franck U, Weller A, Röder SW, Herberth G, Junge KM, Kohajda T, von Bergen M, Rolle-Kampczyk U, Diez U, Borte M, Lehmann I; LiNA Study Group. Prenatal VOC exposure and redecoration are related to wheezing in early infancy. Environ Int. 2014 Dec;73:393-401.Abstract

Petzold S, Averbeck M, Simon JC, Lehmann I, Polte T. Lifetime-dependent effects of bisphenol A on asthma development in an experimental mouse model. PLoS One. 2014 Jun 20;9(6) Abstract

Ali R1, Trump S, Lehmann I, Hanke T.J Live cell imaging of the intracellular compartmentalization of the contaminate benzo[a]pyrene. Biophotonics. 2014. Abstract

Gasch M, Goroll T, Bauer M, Hinz D, Schütze N, Polte T, Kesper D, Simon JC, Hackermüller J, Lehmann I, Herberth G. Generation of IL-8 and IL-9 producing CD4⁺ T cells is affected by Th17 polarizing conditions and AHR ligands. Mediators Inflamm. 2014;2014:182549. Abstract

Junge KM, Hörnig F, Herberth G, Röder S, Kohajda T, Rolle-Kampczyk U, von Bergen M, Borte M, Simon JC, Heroux D, Denburg JA, Lehmann I. The LINA cohort: Cord blood eosinophil/basophil progenitors predict respiratory outcomes in early infancy. Clin Immunol. 2014 May-Jun;152(1-2):68-76. Abstract