Bastian Opitz is head of the Pulmonary Innate Immunity research group at the Charité University Medicine Berlin, Germany. From 1995-2002 he studied medicine at the Charité University Medicine Berlin, Germany, and the Galway University, Ireland. From 1999-2001, he carried out his MD thesis in the laboratory of Professor Ralf Schumann and studied the function of Toll-like receptor members. From 2003-2005, Bastian Opitz was a post-doc at the Department of Internal Medicine/Infectious Diseases and Pulmonary Medicine, Charité University Medicine Berlin, Germany. Since 2006, he leads a research group. In 2008, he was a visiting scientist in the laboratory of Professor Craig Roy, Yale University School of Medicine, USA. The research group of Bastian Opitz is interested in the recognition of microbial pathogens by pattern recognition receptors and the initial innate immune response in general and in the respiratory tract in particular. They focus on infections with Streptococcus pneumoniae, Legionella pneumophila, Chlamydophila pneumoniae and Listeria monocytogenes.
Biography Updated on 27 June 2010