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Dirk Brenner

Full professor/Chief scientist 1 in Immunology and Genetics

Faculty or Centre Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine
Department Immunology and Genetics
Postal Address Université du Luxembourg
6, avenue du Swing
L-4367 Belvaux
Campus Office BioTech II, 3.03
Telephone (+352) 46 66 44 6228
Fax (+352) 46 66 44 36228

Professor Dirk Brenner is an enthusiastic immunologist who connects molecular, metabolic principles with the regulation of inflammatory diseases and cancer.

Prof Brenner has a long-standing track record of high impact publications as first, as well as senior author, in the fields of immunology, metabolism and cancer. He and his lab are specialized in in vivo applications and have significantly contributed to our understanding of how metabolism controls immunity in the recent past.

Prof Brenner studied biochemistry at the Universities of Bonn (Germany), Witten/Herdecke (Germany), Stanford University (USA), and Harvard University (USA). He moved to Heidelberg for his PhD and his early postdoctoral studies. At the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ, Germany) he was a member of the internationally renowned group of Prof Dr Peter H Krammer, who pioneered research on cell death.

As an ‘Alexander von Humboldt’ fellow, he joined the laboratory of Prof Dr Tak W Mak at the Ontario Cancer Institute in Toronto (Canada), which is one of the world’s leading groups in biomedical research famous for the discovery of T cell receptor, the first physiological description of CTLA-4 and for reversed genetics. In that time, he was awarded with four postdoctoral fellowships including the competitive ‘Alexander von Humboldt foundation’ (Germany) and the ‘Cancer Research Institute’ (USA).

He received multiple national and international awards, e.g. the BD Lecture Prize (Canada), the Annual Award of the Signal Transduction Society (Germany) and an FNR-ATTRACT Consolidator Fellowship (Luxembourg), which brought him to Luxembourg.

Prof Brenner heads the ‘Experimental & Molecular Immunology’ lab (EMI) at the Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH) and is deputy chair of the Department of Infection and Immunity (DII). He is a member of the institute’s ‘Scientific Steering Committee’ and deputy-coordinator of the graduate program ‘NEXTIMMUNE’. Prof Brenner has been appointed ‘Full Professor of Immunology and Genetics’ and Principal Investigator of the Immunology & Genetics group , which is strategic position between the Luxembourg Center of Biomedicine (University of Luxembourg, LCSB) and the LIH. In addition, he is Professor of Allergology at the Southern University of Denmark.

Last updated on: Tuesday, 09 February 2021

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See detailGlutathione Restricts Serine Metabolism to Preserve Regulatory T Cell Function
Kurniawan, Henry; Franchina, Davide G.; Guerra, Luana; Bonetti, Lynn; - Baguet, Leticia Soriano; Grusdat, Melanie; Schlicker, Lisa; Hunewald, Oliver; Dostert, Catherine; Merz, Myriam P.; Binsfeld, Carole; Duncan, Gordon S.; Farinelle, Sophie; Nonnenmacher, Yannic; Haight, Jillian; Das Gupta, Dennis; Ewen, Anouk; Taskesen, Rabia; Halder, Rashi; Chen, Ying; Jäger, Christian; Ollert, Markus; Wilmes, Paul; Vasiliou, Vasilis; Harris, Isaac S.; Knobbe-Thomsen, Christiane B.; Turner, Jonathan; Mak, Tak W.; Lohoff, Michael; Meiser, Johannes; Hiller, Karsten; Brenner, Dirk

in Cell Metabolism (2020), 31(5), 920--9367

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