The innate and acquired mechanisms of the immune system play central roles in the control of chronic infections. Many pathogens have developed their own mechanisms by which they can evade components of the immune system. Important aspects of this interplay between pathogen and host during the establishment of a chronic infection are being investigated in the section B projects. Particular emphasis is placed on persistent herpesviruses.
The infection research with regard to immunological aspects on viral and bacterial pathogens can display common features of these different agents.