Welcome to Immuno-Epidemiology – a research group at the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM) at the University of Bern.

Our research group studies the dynamics of infectious diseases in response to changes in their environment, such as population structure, immune responses or drug treatment. To this end, we use a combination of mathematical modeling, microbiological experiments and data analyses.

Sexual contact network of young heterosexual adults over a period of one year.

Sexual contact network of young heterosexual adults over a period of one year.


‘Immunoepidemiology’ combines individual- and population-oriented approaches to create new perspectives. It examines how inter-individual differences in immune responses affect the population dynamics of micro- and macro-parasites to produce the epidemiological patterns of infection observed in heterogeneous host populations.

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