Lab Members

Our Staff

Barbara Rehermann, chief, Immunology Section
Section Chief

The research program of the Immunology Section covers two areas: 1. We study innate and adaptive immune responses to viral infections, in particular infections of the liver, to better understand the pathogenesis of the disease and to develop vaccines and effective antiviral therapies. 2. We evaluate how hepatic and systemic immune responses are regulated by the gastrointestinal microbiome.

Our Fellows

Benedikt Hild 
Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Hild received his M.D. from the University of Münster, Germany in November 2015 with a dissertation on migration and chemotaxis of pancreatic stellate cells.  After clinical residency in the Department of Transplantation Medicine at the University of Muenster, Germany he joined the Immunology Section in 2018 to study the effect of the gut microbiome on disease activity and progression in inflammatory liver diseases.

Helenie Kefalakes
Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr. Kefalakes graduated from the University of Crete, Heraklion and received her doctoral degree from the University of Freiburg, Germany. After postgraduate training in both clinical medicine and virology at the University of Duisburg/Essen she joined the Immunology Section in 2016. Her work focusses on innate and adaptive immune responses in hepatitis D virus infection.
Akira Nishio
Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr. Nishio received his MD and PhD from Osaka University, Japan and joined the Immunology Section in 2017. In his postdoctoral fellowship he is studying the immunopathogenesis of hepatitis B virus and hepatitis C virus infection.

Our Alumni: Former Postdoctoral Fellows

Heiner Wedemeyer, M.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, 1998-2000
Current position: Professor and Chair, Dept. of Gastroenterology, University Clinic, Essen-Duisburg, Germany
Eishiro Mizukoshi, M.D., Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, 1999-2001
Current position: Associate Professor, Kanazawa University, Kanazawa, Japan
Michelina Nascimbeni, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, 1999–2005
Current position: Professeur des écoles, Académie de Paris, Paris, France
Fareed Rahman, M.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2000-2002
Current position: Academic physician scientist , lecturer, Department of Medicine, Johannes-Gutenberg-University, Mainz, Germany
Heiko Mix, M.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2001-2003 
Current position: Head, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Clinic Fallingbostel, Fallingbostel, Germany
Tobias Manigold, M.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2001-2003
Current position: Lecturer and attending (academic physician scientist), Rheumatology, University Hospital Basel, Basel, Switzerland
Vito Racanelli, M.D.
 Postdoctoral Fellow, 2001-2003
Current position: Associate Professor, Department of Oncology, University of Bari, Italy
Christina Weiler-Normann, M.D. 
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2004-2006
Current position: Attending (academic physician scientist), Internal Medicine, First Medical Clinic and Policlinic, University of Hamburg, Germany
Masaaki Shiina, M.D., Ph.D. 
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2004-2007
Current position: Attending physician, Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Shin-Yurigaoka General Hospital, Kawasaki, Japan
Joo-Chun Yoon, M.D. 
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2004-2007
Current position: Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology, Ewha Womans University School of Medicine, Seoul, Republic of Korea
Eui-Cheol Shin, M.D., Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2002-2008
Current position: Associate Professor and Director, BioMedical Research Center, Graduate School of Medical Science & Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Daejeon, Republic of Korea
Golo Ahlenstiel, M.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2004-2009
Current position: Associate Professor, Medicine, Westmead Clinical School, University of Sydney Australia
Maria Quasdorff, M.D., Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2008
Next position: Internist, University of Cologne, Germany
Naga Suresh Veerapu, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2006-2011
Current position: Assistant Professor, Department of Life Sciences, Shiv Nadar University, Uttar Pradesh, India
Sukanya Raghuraman, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2006-2011
Current position: Research Fellow, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Aintzane Zabaleta-Aspiroz, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2007-2010
Current position: Research Scientist, University de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain
Jens Werner, M.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2009-2013
Current position: Lecturer and Attending (academic physician scientist), Department of Surgery, University Hospital, Regensburg, Germany
Su-Hyung Park, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2008-2014
Current position: Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Medical Science & Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Seoul, Republic of Korea
Lauren Holz, Ph.D. 
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2009-2015
Current position: Research Associate, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Melbourne, The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, Melbourne, Australia
Elisavet Serti, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2011-2017
Current position: Associate Director of Biomarker Discovery and Research at the Immune Tolerance Network, Bethesda, MD, USA
Heiyoung Park, Ph.D.
Staff Scientist, 2009-2018
Current position: Program Director, Division of Skin and Rheumatic Diseases, NIAMS, NIH, Bethesda, MD, USA
Fabian Bolte, M.D. 
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2014-2018
Current position: Clinical Resident, Transplantation Medicine, University Clinc Münster, Germany
Stephan Rosshart
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2013-2019

Our Alumni: Former Students

Christoph Eisenbach
Research Student supported by Scholarship of the Biomedical Exchange Academic Year Program, 1999-2000
Current position: Professor, Head of the Department of Gastroenterology and Diabetology, GRN-Klinik Weinheim, Germany
Markus Bosmann
Research Student supported by Scholarship of the Biomedical Exchange Academic Year Program, 2001-2002
Current position: Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Boston University, Boston, MA
Petra Sander
Summer Student (Minority Access to Research Careers Program), 2002
Current position: Yerby Postdoctoral Fellow, Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA
Brittany Holmes
Postbaccalaureate Student, 2005-2006
Current position: Clinical Assistant Professor, Pathology, Stanford School of Medicine, CA
Nydiaris Hernandez-Santos
Postbaccalaureate Student, 2005-2006
Current position: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Madiscon-Wisconsin, WI
Rachel Titerence
Postbaccalaureate Student, 2007-2008
Current position: Instructor, Dept of Medicine, Duke University, Durham, NC
Jonathan Stoltzfus
Current position: Assistant Professor, Biology Department, Hollins University, Roanoke, VA
Birgit Edlich
Graduate Student from Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle, Germany., 2008-2010
Current position: Medical Advisor, Pierre Fabre Pharma, Freiburg, Germany
Leah Hogdal
Postbaccalaureate Student, 2009-2010
Current position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Onyinechi Eke
Postbaccalaureate Student, 2010-2011
Current position: Emergency Medicine Resident, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Warren Pan
Postbaccalaureate Student, 2011-2012
Current position: MD PhD Student, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Xenia Chepa-Lotrea
Postbaccalaureate Student, 2012-2014
Current position: Medical Student, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
Kathryn Bowman
Medical Research Scholar Program, 2012-2013
Current position: Internal Medicine Resident, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Meghan Keane
Postbaccalaureate Student, 2014-2015
Current position: Medical Student, Tufts University, Boston, MA
Ashley O’Keefe
Postbaccalaureate Student, 2015-2016
Current position: MD PhD Student, University of Virginia
Brian Vassallo
Postbaccalaureate Student, 2015-2017
Current position: PhD Student, MIT
Lauren Webb
Postbaccalaureate Student, 2016-2017
Current position: Medical Student, Mayo Clinic