Systems Biology of Inflammation

Understanding the complex relationships among immune cells with mathematical tools

Kevin Thurley Thurley group
Dr Kevin Thurley and the Systems Biology of Inflammation group


The Systems Biology of Inflammation group is located at the German Rheumatism Research Center (DRFZ) and funded by the Leibniz Association. We develop and apply mathematical modeling and data analysis techniques to investigate the regulation of immune responses, in close collaboration with physicians and immunobiologists at the DRFZ. An initial research focus is the study of T helper cell centered intercellular interaction networks, and their role in chronic autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthrits.

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Dr. Kevin Thurley (PI)
Philipp Burt (PhD student, Msc. Biophysics)
Sebastian Serve (MD student, Bsc. Mathematics)
Gustav Geißler (Master student, Bsc. Physics)


We seek highly motivated students with a background in (bio-)physics, mathematics or systems biology. Bachelor and master students are always welcome, please contact Available projects include spatial and stochastic modeling techniques as well as ordinary differential equation models and biological data analysis, in particular image analysis and high-dimensional gene expression analysis.