Birgit Sawitzki

Birgit Sawitzki

Birgit Sawitzki is Professor for Translational Immunology and Head of the Center of Immunomics at the Berlin Institute of Health @ Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin.

Birgit Sawitzki is actively engaged on activities of the German Society of Immunolgy (DGfI) and serves as a member of the “Consultant Immunologist” exam board. In addition she is part of the organising committee of the annual “Translational Immunology” and “Autum” schools of the DGfI. She has a long-standing interest in discovering the mode-of-action of innovative immunomodulatory therapies in inflammatory diseases such as organ transplantation. She was elected council member for the European Society of Transplantation (ESOT).

Currently Birgit Sawitzki, together with Wolfgang Kübler, is speaker of the new Excellence Cluster initiative INTERACT, which aims to provide mechanistic proof of dysregulated inter-organ communications as a cause of multimorbidity. Exploiting the potential of AI / machine learning modelling will play a central part by accelerating patient risk stratification and identification of novel therapeutic targets.

The research work of Birgit Sawitzki focusses on the investigation of the molecular mechanisms of immune cell activation and tolerance induction, in order to better understand why components of the immune response themselves become a trigger of destructive inflammatory reactions, like e.g. in the context of autoimmune diseases or COVID19 diseases. In particular multi-parametric technologies (cytometry, imaging, scRNAseq) are used to uncover pathological changes in the composition and function of immune cells (doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2021.12.040.).

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  • Organization
    Berlin Institute of Health (BIH)
  • Profession
    Professor for Translational Immunology and Head of the Center of Immunomics
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