Microbial and Nutritional Immunology (MiNI)
We work in the following project areas:
Cellular mechanisms behind microbial stimulation of APCs
Dependent on specific molecular structures different microbes induce specific immune responses in antigen presenting cells (APCs).
Early immune development
The rapid development of the immune system during embryogenesis and in the early postnatal period is influenced by microbes and nutrition which may have long term effects.
Nutrition –gut microbiota – inflammation
Various food components may beneficially or adversely affect inflammatory states in the body. The effect may be direct or indirect through modulation of gut microbiota.
Structures of food compounds and the food matrix
Physical chemical properties of food compounds such as protein emulsions and fibres may affect their interaction with cells of the immune system.