Infection and Inflammation

Infections and inflammatory diseases represent major burdens to human health. We want to understand fundamental mechanisms through which infections and immune responses impact on health and disease.

What We Do

We work in different areas of infection biology, medicine and immunology studying a range of diseases. Examples are brain infection and inflammation, acute viral and bacterial infections, rheumatic disorders as well as cancer – noting that it has recently emerged that the immune system is also a player in several diseases not previously considered to be immune-related.

Who We Are

Our research theme hosts more than 15 groups and 50 PhD students and postdocs. Most groups collaborate with clinicians and the pharmaceutical sector.

Meet Professor
Trine Mogensen

Portrait of Trine Mogensen, Photo: Jann Thiele Zeiss, AU Health

How can we gain insight into biological mechanisms in human immunity against infections and at the same time develop and improve patient care?

Meet Associate Professor
Christian Kanstrup Holm

Portrait of Christian Kanstrup Holm, Photo: Ida Jensen, AU Photo

How do biochemical mechanisms such as glycolysis and the Kreb´s cycle affect the interaction between virus and host?”

Meet Søren Riis Paludan,
Research Theme Coordinator

Research Theme Contact

Meet all of us

T cell attacking a cancer tumor


Research Centres


Centre for Cellular Signal Patterns addresses fundamental biological questions to identify how cells ‘talk’ to each other and their surroundings, how our immune cells recognise the difference between external dangers and ourselves, and why this mechanism sometimes goes wrong.

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