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Clinical Cooperation Unit Applied Tumor Immunity

Prof. Dr. Dirk Jäger

© Marten Meyer

The immune system influences the efficacy of many therapies and interventions. Thus, the identification of crucial immunological parameters, such as novel biomarkers, is of great importance. The aim of the Clinical Cooperation Unit (CCU) Applied Tumor Immunity is the characterization of immune responses directed against the tumor and the transfer of these findings into clinical applications. A particular focus of our research is the analysis of immunological interactions between tumor cells and host or immune cells in the tumor microenvironment and periphery to identify predictive biomarkers and develop novel immunotherapeutic approaches for solid tumors (e.g. TCR T cells, CAR T cells, bispecific antibodies and peptide vaccines).

In close collaboration with Prof. Jäger´s Department of Medical Oncology at the NCT Heidelberg and partners at the University Hospital (UKHD) and the Thoraxklinik Heidelberg we conduct innovative clinical trials and biomarker studies. Especially, the in-house development of cellular therapy approaches and various antibody formats, the clinical development of bispecific antibodies with pharmaceutical partners, and the application of organoid and tissue cultures as tumor model systems will lead to early clinical trials (phase I/II) evaluating novel (combination) therapies. The integration of research and clinic, in particular phase I/II clinical trials, is an explicit goal of our unit.

Research Groups within the Clinical Cooperation Unit Applied Tumor Immunity:


Prof. Dr. Dirk Jäger
Applied Tumor Immunity (D120)

German Cancer Research Center

National Center for Tumor Diseases (NCT) Heidelberg
Medical Oncology Department, Heidelberg University Hospital
Im Neuenheimer Feld 460
69120 Heidelberg
Phone: +49 6221 56 7228

Selected Publications

  • Warwas KM, Meyer M, Gonçalves M, Moldenhauer G, Bulbuc N, Knabe S, Luckner-Minden C, Ziegelmeier C, Heussel CP, Zörnig I, Jäger D, Momburg F. Co-Stimulatory Bispecific Antibodies Induce Enhanced T Cell Activation and Tumor Cell Killing in Breast Cancer Models. Front Immunol 12:719116 (2021).
  • Rölle A, Meyer M, Calderazzo S, Jäger D, Momburg F. Distinct HLA-E Peptide Complexes Modify Antibody-Driven Effector Functions of Adaptive NK Cells. Cell Rep 24:1967-76.e4 (2018).
  • Bozza, M, De Roia A, Correia MP, Berger A, Tuch A, Schmidt A, Zörnig I, Jäger D, Schmidt P, Harbottle RP. A nonviral, nonintegrating DNA nanovector platform for the safe, rapid, and persistent manufacture of recombinant T cells. Science Advances, 7(16):eabf1333 (2021).
  • Quiros-Fernandez I, Poorebrahim M, Fakhr E, Cid-Arregui A. Immunogenic T cell epitopes of SARS-CoV-2 are recognized by circulating memory and naïve CD8 T cells of unexposed individuals. EBioMedicine 72:103610 (2021).
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