News, Events and Results

July 2018

Arts exhibition: Arts Enlightening Immunology

ENLIGHT-TEN proudly announces the exhibition "Arts Enlightening Immunology" which will open on 30 August in Amsterdam. Three internationally renowned artists visited the ENLIGHT-TEN labs for immunology inspired artworks. Join for the opening on 30 August 20:00 when the artists Marta de Menezes, Herwig Turk and Andrew Carnie present their work. The exhibition will be accessible daily from 31 August until 5 September at the Waag - technology and society in Amsterdam.

June 2018

ENLIGHT-TEN PI featured women leader in UK healthcare

ENLIGHT-TEN PI Sarah Teichmann is featured as one of 30 women leaders in UK healthcare. see

May 2018

Visitors' day

ENLIGHT-TEN will be presented at today's HZI visitors' day. Our visitors will find out 3 things ENLIGH-TEN has in common with football. Curious what this is? We will let you know on twitter shortly.

April 2018

ENLIGHT-TEN Summer school on Translational Medicine was a big success

For the ENLIGHT-TEN Summer School on Translational Research and Medicine Development our 12 ESRs were joined by 18 external participants for an exciting week at the BAYER headquarter in Berlin in April. The participants enjoyed both the scientific workshops as well as the career related activities. After the course all 30 participants stated that they will recommend the course to their peers.
Click here for a more detailed report

March 2018

ENLIGHT-TENed by big data: advancing T cell Immunology

Register now for the ECI satellite symposium organised by the PhD students of ENLIGHT-TEN. We will explore how emerging -omics and bioinformatics technologies are shaping cutting edge T cell immunology. A unique opportunity to exchange ideas and network with like-minded peers. The perfect event to kick-off ECI2018!
Learn more

March 2018

Bridging the academia and industry gap in drug development

The webinar offered by MCAA on 23 March at 13:00 CET will introduce you to key aspects in the collaboration of industry and academia. Info and registration

February 2018

Open ENLIGHT-TEN PhD position at iMM in Lisbon

We are looking for a candidate with a strong immunology background for a project that aims to identify unique characteristics of T cell function related to different types of environments and tissues. You will work in the lab of Marc Veldhoen at the iMM in Lisbon and will be part of the ENLIGHT-TEN project which provides cross-disciplinary training in T cell immunology and big data analysis. Learn more

November 2017

Funding for networking activities in the field of T cell immunology

ENLIGHT-TEN members together with other key opinion leaders have received funding to establish an EFIS-Immunology Letters (IL) study group entitled T_CELL_CONNECT_EUROPE. This award will allow for yearly meetings to connect basic and clinical researchers in the field of T cell immunology to foster the development of interdisciplinary and collaborative translational approaches.

September 2017

Supervisor of the year

ENLIGHT-TEN coordinator Jochen Hühn has been awarded "Supervisor of the Year". Once a year the PhD students at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research vote the "Supervisor of the year". Congratulations to Jochen Hühn for winning this title for the third time after 2009 and 2014.

August 2017

Science Immunology article on human cTfr cells as indicators of humoral activity

ENLIGHT-TEN PIs Luis Graca, Ana Sousa, Michelle Linterman and colleagues published an interesting paper on human cTfr cells as indicators of humoral activity in Science Immunology" Have a look.

July 2017

Attractive ESR position as ENLIGHT-TEN PhD student available

Attractive ESR position as ENLIGHT-TEN PhD student available.
For details see

June 2017

ENLIGHT-TEN ESR Marisa co-author of cell report article

Our ESR Marisa Stebegg contributed to a cell report article. Brucklacher-Waldert et al. show how environmental conditions resulting in cellular stress, such as low metabolite levels, specifically enhance Th17 cell differentiation. Under inflammatory conditions, this stress can substitute for TGF-b signaling resulting in de novo Th17 cell differentiation.

June 2017

FameLab talk of our ESR Luis Almeida

Watch the FameLab talk of our ESR Luis Almeida on the immune system and autoimmune diseases. Have a look.

May 2017

Science Immunology article by ENLIGHT-TEN PI Lucy Walker

Great article by ENLIGHT-TEN PI Lucy Walker in Science Immunology "PD-1 and CTLA-4: Two checkpoints, one pathway?" Have a look.

April 2017

youtube video Thomas Faux explaining ChIP-Seq

Youtube video explaining ChIP-Seq

Our ESR Thomas Faux explains the basics of ChIP sequencing, a biochemical/bioinformatic technique to understand interactions between proteins and DNA on an epigenetic level.
➙ General Public

March 2017

Application for ENLIGHT-TEN summer school on bioinformatics welcome

Application is open for the ENLIGHT-TEN summer school "Data resources and bioinformatics tool for immunologists" which is run in collaboration with EMBL-EBI 12 - 16 June. The course will cover bioinformatics resources available to immunologists as well as analysis pipelines for next generation sequencing experiments, like e.g. ChIP-Seq and RNA-Seq. Application is open for all wet-lab immunologist wishing to learn more about bioinformatics tools and resources to improve their research.

March 2017

ESR position as ENLIGHT-TEN PhD student filled

The position for ESR4 at the Medical University Vienna has been filled. We are pleased to welcome Narendra Dhele to our consortium.

February 2017

Attractive ESR position as ENLIGHT-TEN PhD student available

Attractive ESR position as ENLIGHT-TEN PhD student available.
For details see

December 2016


2nd ENLIGHT-TEN newsletter published

2nd ENLIGHT-TEN newsletter no. 2 is published. It can be viewed under menue item ➙ General Public.

June 2016

Review article by ENLIGHT-TEN ESR

ENLIGHT-TEN ESR Luís Almeida published a review on Metabolic pathways in T cell activation and lineage differentiation.

May 2016

1st ENLIGHT-TEN summer school

Students meet in Turku to learn more about the immune system

From 6th - 9th of June the ENLIGHT-TEN ESRs (Early Stage Researchers) and external participants meet in Turku to learn more about the immune system. In addition to lectures, the summer school includes a communication workshop, presentations by the ESRs and a debate on a controversial topic. If you are an ENLIGHT-TEN partner you can access the programme and logistics information at our internal website.

Press release, October 2015

Immunologists for the 21st century

Big data analysis for immunologists - Kickoff meeting of the ENLIGHT-TEN programme

The new Marie Curie training network for immunologists called ENLIGHT-TEN (European Network Linking Informatics and Genomics of Helper T cells) commenced on October 9 with a kickoff meeting of 20 experts from seven European countries. The aim of the network is to develop an interdisciplinary training for young researchers in T cell immunology and big data analysis. The ENLIGHT-TEN programme is coordinated by the Helmholtz Center for Infection Research (HZI) in Braunschweig.

The immune system of our body is characterised by highly complex and extremely dynamic processes which are controlled, to a large extent, by the so-called T helper cells acting as the "conductors of the immune system". They play a central role in many disease processes, such as autoimmunity, chronic infections or tumours, and are therefore expedient targets for new therapies. However, the development of such novel therapeutic concepts requires a comprehensive and detailed understanding of the molecular processes that control the development and mode of action of T helper cells.

This knowledge can be obtained only through the application of modern -omics technologies that currently allow scientists to investigate the building blocks of life and vital processes at molecular detail. This type of investigation generates huge amounts of data, though, e.g. in the scope of sequence or proteome analyses. Special expertise in the area of bio-informatics is required to be able to analyse this vast quantity of data – the so-called big data.

"We need to train a new generation of scientists who feel equally at home in the very different worlds of molecular medicine and bioinformatics analysis of high throughput data", says Prof Jochen Hühn, who is the head of the Experimental Immunology department at the HZI and the coordinator of the ENLIGHT-TEN network. "We will use this interdisciplinary training programme to train young immunologists to not only generate large data resources, but to also independently analyse the data in detail. This will enable them to test their working hypotheses through big data analyses and to elucidate the development and function of T helper cells at molecular detail."

The ENLIGHT-TEN network offers 13 Marie-Skłodowska-Curie doctoral scholarships to highly motivated junior researchers. A total of 16 partners from eight European countries contribute to the project by integrating the young scientists into their research groups. The immunologists therefore from the very beginning establish networks and learn to find their way in various countries and surroundings, in universities and in industry.

For further information about the network and the partners in the consortium, please visit the website