Project Description

Z2: Immune monitoring and Bioinformatics

To unravel the mechanisms of hepatitis virus persistence, TRR179 will employ an interdisciplinary approach. Z2 will provide a central platform for validated, cutting edge immune monitoring and high-speed cell sorting as well as bioinformatics analyses. In addition, Z2 will also develop further these techniques and adapt them to the specific needs of TRR179. In these respects, Z2 will fill technological gaps, provide essential help to harmonize protocols and methods and improve the methods while avoiding parallel and repeated developments. Another major goal of Z2 is to ensure training and education in immune monitoring, cell sorting and bioinformatics for members of this consortium, thus critically contributing also to the IRTG of TRR179.
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