Congratulations to Thomas Krausgruber, Senior Postdoctoral Fellow in Christoph Bock’s Group at CeMM, who has received the Karl Landsteiner Prize for Basic Research in Immunology 2020!
Every year the Karl Landsteiner and Eisler-Terramare Foudation Commemoration Trust and the Austrian Society for Allergology and Immunology (ÖGAI) offer a prize of 4,000 € to recognize excellent publications in the field of basic immunology research. The publications must have been published in the last two years and must have been carried out predominantly at an Austrian institution. This year, the ÖGAI award ceremony took place in an online format on 4 December 2020.
The prize recognizes Thomas’ outstanding research on structural cells in relation to the body’s immune function. In a recent paper published in the renowned scientific journal Nature (Nature. 2020 Jul;583(7815):296-302. doi: 10.1038/s41586-020-2424-4), Thomas and colleagues analyzed the epigenetic and transcriptional regulation in structural cells, including epithelium, endothelium, and fibroblasts. They found widespread activity of immune genes, suggesting that structural cells are deeply involved in the body’s response to pathogens. Moreover, the study uncovered an “epigenetic potential” that pre-programs structural cells to engage in the immune response against pathogens.