Dr. Florence Fischer


Dr. rer. nat. Florence Fischer


Helmholtz Centre for
Environmental Research – UFZ
Department of Environmental Immunology
Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig, Germany


Dr. Florence Fischer
Photo: Sebastian Wiedling/UFZ

Research Interests

  • Impact of endocrine disrupting chemicals on the function of innate immune cells in reproductive events
  • Influence of environmental chemicals on the intestinal microbiota

Curriculum vitae / Scientific career

Since 10/2020

Scientist, Department of Environmental Immunology, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Leipzig, Germany

2015 - 2020

PhD student, Institute of Medical Microbiology and Hospital Hygiene, Philipps University Marburg, Germany,
Thesis: Dietary cellulose attenuates intestinal inflammation by promoting microbiota maturation and gut barrier function, Degree: Dr. rer. nat. (summa cum laude)

2012 - 2015

Master of Science, nutritional science, Justus Liebig University Gießen, Germany

2009 - 2012

Bachelor of Science, ecotrophology, Justus Liebig University Gießen, Germany


since 2016

German Society of Immunology (DGfI)



Luminex Award, Spring School on Immunology Ettal, poster award


German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), travel grant


German Society of Immunology (DGfI), travel grant


Fischer F, Romero R, Hellhund A, Linne U, Bertrams W, Pinkenburg O, Shams Eldin H, Binder K, Jacob R, Walker A, Stecher B, Basic M, Luu M, Mahdavia R, Visekruna A, Steinhoff U
Dietary cellulose induces anti-inflammatory immunity and transcriptional programs via maturation of the intestinal microbiota
Gut Microbes, 2020, accepted

Luu M, Romero R, Bazant J, Abass E, Hartmann S, Leister H, Fischer F, Mahdavi R, Plaza-Sirvent C, Schmitz I, Steinhoff U, Visekruna A.
The NF-κB transcription factor c-Rel controls host defense against Citrobacter rodentium.
European Journal of Immunology, 2020, doi: 10.1002/eji.201948314

Visekruna A, Hartmann S, Sillke YR, Glauben R, Fischer F, Raifer H, Mollenkopf H, Bertrams W, Schmeck B, Klein M, Pagenstecher A, Lohoff M, Jacob R, Pabst O, Bland PW, Luu M, Romero R, Siegmund B, Rajalingam K, Steinhoff U.
Intestinal development and homeostasis require activation and apoptosis of diet-reactive T cells.
The Journal of Clinical Investigation, 2019, doi: 10.1172/JCI98929

Domann E, Fischer F, Glowatzki F, Fritzenwanker M, Hain T, Zechel-Gran S, Giffhorn-Katz S, Neubauer BA.
Draft genome sequence of Lactobacillus delbrueckii strain #22 isolated from a patient with short bowel syndrome and previous d-lactic acidosis and encephalopathy.
Genome Announcements, 2016, doi: 10.1128/genomeA.00747-16