We are the Laboratory for Food Immunology at ETH Zurich

Our lab is dedicated to understand the interactions between microbes and the host at mucosal surfaces. We are interested in applying this knowledge to prevent and treat human and veterinary diseases. We want to understand how diet, microbiota, metabolism and immunity interact in health and disease.

Have a look at our research projects here Research projects
Have a look at our Publications here Publications
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Mucosal immune system

The interactions between diet, the microbiota and the host immune system

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"Next-generation" vaccines

Safe and effective vaccines for application in livestock rearing.

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Microbiota metabolism

Mechanistic understanding of food-as-therapy for microbiota/immunity-related diseases.

Research Projects

Our current understanding of microbiota population dynamics in the gut is based on the sequencing data or the quantification of certain strains by culture.

Publications

Reproducible Colonization of Germ-Free Mice With the Oligo-Mouse-Microbiota in Different Animal Facilities

Claudia Eberl, Diana Ring, Philipp C. Münch, Markus Beutler, Marijana Basic, Emma C. Slack, Martin Schwarzer, Dagmar Srutkova, Anna Lange, Julia S. Frick, André Bleich and Bärbel Stecher

Frontiers in Microbiology, vol. 10, pp. 2999, Lausanne: Fontiers Research Foundation, 2020.

Reproducible Colonization of Germ-Free Mice With the Oligo-Mouse-Microbiota in Different Animal Facilities

Claudia Eberl, Diana Ring, Philipp C. Münch, Markus Beutler, Marijana Basic, Emma C. Slack, Martin Schwarzer, Dagmar Srutkova, Anna Lange, Julia S. Frick, André Bleich and Bärbel Stecher

Frontiers in Microbiology, vol. 10, pp. 2999, Lausanne: Fontiers Research Foundation, 2020.

IgA and the intestinal microbiota: the importance of being specific

Oliver Pabst and Emma Slack

"Mucosal Immunology, vol. 13: no. 1, pp. 12-21, New York, NY: Nature Publishing Group, 2020."

Growing, evolving and sticking in a flowing environment: understanding IgA interactions with bacteria in the gut

Daniel Hoces, Markus Arnoldini, Médéric Diard, Claude Loverdo and Emma Wetter Slack

"Immunology, vol. 159: no. 1, pp. 52-62, Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2020."

Meet the team

Alumni

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Dr. Kathrin Moor

PhD Student

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    Sara Berent

    Master Student

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    Naomi Dünki

    Master Student

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    Claudia Moresi

    Research Technician

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    Tobias Geiser

    Bachelor Student

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    Dr. Corina Matthew

    Postdoc

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    Basak Corak

    Master Student

    Media

    Botnar Research Centre for Child Health

    Have a look at the video of the BRCCH introducing itself and its mission. It also includes some insights into the different research projects that have received funding in their multi-investigator project call in 2019.

    SRF Puls on vaccine research

    Watch the SRF Puls coverage on our research on Corona virus vaccines.

    Impfung treibt Salmonellen in die Evolutions-Falle

    Schädliche Darmbakterien mutieren und machen uns so das Leben schwer. Doch die Mutationen könnten ihnen auch zum Verhängnis werden.

    A rationally designed oral vaccine induces immunoglobulin A in the murine gut that directs the evolution of attenuated Salmonella variants

    Intestinal antibodies (IgA) can exert selective pressure on intestinal bacteria. Via oral vaccines, we can manipulate these selective pressures to force evolution of Salmonella that are impaired in transmitting disease. This new vaccination strategy could be used to prevent disease caused by antibiotic-resistant intestinal bacteria.

    NCCR women: Emma Slack, Immunologin

    To celebrate the 50th anniversary of women's right to vote in Switzerland, the NCCR has launched a campagin introducing female researchers in Switzerland.

    Spark Award Nomination 2020

    Watch the video and learn more about evolutionary trap vaccines.