Dr. Maike Hofmann - Heinz Maier-Leibnitz-Prizewinner 2022

Gastroenterology, Medical Center – University of Freiburg

Dr. Maike Hofmann

Dr. Maike Hofmann

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Since completing her doctoral thesis, Maike Hofmann has also been conducting research into memory T cells in several DFG-funded projects and has been able to identify new populations of these cells, which have a key role to play in the defence against chronic viral infections. Most recently, her focus has been on cellular immunity in COVID-19 after infection and vaccination. One particularly impressive accomplishment is her development of groundbreaking concepts on the role of T cell reprogramming in viral hepatitis and the importance of antigen-specific T cells – also in connection with mild cases of COVID-19. Here, Hofmann not least demonstrated her ability to respond quickly and effectively to new challenges and questions such as COVID-19, and to come up with a successful response to important scientific and clinically relevant questions in new collaborations.



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