Short CV/Education and training

  • 1982 – 1985
    Doctor of Natural Science (Dr. rer. nat.) from the University of Konstanz / Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology, Freiburg, Germany

  • 1986 – 1988
    Postdoc at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Melbourne, Australia

  • 1988 – 1993
    Academic Counsellor pro tempore, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany

  • 1993
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) in immunology (Dr. med. habil.) from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany

  • 1993 – 1998
    Director of an independent junior research group at the Centre for Infection Research, University of Würzburg, Germany

  • 1995
    Offer of a C3 professorship for medical parasitology, University of Tübingen, Germany (declined)

  • Since 1995
    C3 professor of infectious disease immunology, University of Würzburg

Selected publications

  • Masic, A. et al.: Dendritic cell-mediated vaccination relies on interleukin-4 receptor signaling to avoid tissue damage after Leishmania major infection of BALB/c mice. PLoS Negl. Trop. Dis. 6, 2012. e1721.

  • Schnitzer, J. K. et al.: Fragments of antigen-loaded dendritic cells (DC) and DC-derived exosomes induce protective immunity against Leishmania major. In: Vaccine 28, 2010. S. 5785–5793.

  • Ponte-Sucre, A. et al.: Alterations to the structure of Leishmania major induced by N arylisoquinolines correlate with compound accumulation and disposition. In: J. Med. Microbiol. 59, 2010. S. 69–75.

  • Ponte-Sucre, A. et al.: Structure-activity relationship and studies on the molecular mechanism of leishmanicidal N,C-coupled arylisoquinolinium salts. In: J. Med. Chem. 52, 2009. S. 626–636.

  • Remer, K.A. et al.: Vaccination with plasmacytoid dendritic cells induces protection against infection with Leishmania major in mice. In: Eur. J. Immunol. 37, 2007. S. 2463–2473.

  • Ponte-Sucre, A. et al.: Activities of naphthylisoquinoline alkaloids and synthetic analogs against Leishmania major. Antimicrob. In: Agents Chemother. 51, 2007. S. 188–194.

  • Ponte-Sucre, A. et al.: Aziridine-2,3-dicarboxylates, peptidomimetic cysteine protease inhibitors with antileishmanial activity. In: Antimicrob. Agents Chemother. 50, 2006. S. 2439–2447.

  • Ramirez-Pineda, J.R. et al.: Dendritic cells (DC) activated by CpG DNA ex vivo are potent inducers of host resistance to an intracellular pathogen that is independent of IL-12 derived from the immunizing DC. In: J. Immunol. 172, 2004. S. 6281–6289.

  • Berberich, C. et al.: Dendritic cell (DC)-based protection against an intracellular pathogen is dependent upon DC-derived IL-12 and can be mediated by molecularly defined antigens. In: J. Immunol. 170, 2003. S. 3171–3179.


Selected projects

  • German Research Foundation (DFG) International Research Training Group IGK 1522: HIV/AIDS and associated infectious diseases in southern Africa: from the bedside to the bench, 2008 – 2014

  • Deputy spokesperson for DFG Collaborative Research Centre SFB 630: Identification, collection, and functional analysis of agents for combatting infectious diseases, since 2003

  • DFG priority programme SPP 1131: Life inside cells, 2002 – 2008

  • Bavarian Research Foundation, New strategies for immunotherapy, 2002 – 2006

  • DFG Research Training Group GRK 520: Immunomodulation, 2000 – 2009

  • DFG priority programme SPP 1089: New vaccination strategies, 2000 – 2007

  • DFG Collaborative Research Centre SFB 479: Variability of microbial pathogens and host reaction in infectious disease processes, 1998 – 2004

  • DFG priority programme SPP 1004: Preconditions and molecular mechanisms governing the persistence of parasites in hosts, 1996 – 2002

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the scientific advisory board of the Robert Koch Foundation, since 2009

  • President of the German Society for Parasitology, 2009 – 2012

  • Member of the directorate, University of Würzburg Graduate Schools, since 2008

  • Vice dean, Graduate School of Life Sciences at the University of Würzburg, Germany (sponsored by the Excellence Initiative), since 2006

  • Member of the senate and the grants committee on Research Training Groups of the German Research Foundation (DFG), 2004 – 2011

  • Member of the advisory board of the German Society for Immunology, 2003 – 2012

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