Group Luka Cicin-Sain


Individualised Medicine for Viral Infections

The department "Viral Immunology" (VIRI) of Prof Luka Cicin-Sain is located at the HZI and deals with the question of how pathogens influence our immune system. Read more on our HZI website.

In March 2019, Luka Cicin-Sain was appointed to the joint professorship of the MHH and the HZI on "Individualised Medicine for Viral Infections", which is assigned to the CiiM. The work related to this will be housed at CiiM in the future. You will find further information on these pages shortly.

Luka Cicin-Sain

Born in Croatia, Luka Cicin-Sain studied medicine at the University of Rijeka, his hometown. In 1996, he received his M.D. After that he studied biomedicine and spent a year as a research fellow at the Lund university in Sweden. In 2001, he passed the Croatian state exam in human medicine in Zagreb.

While working as a physician he was fascinated with biology. Until 2004 he worked at the Max von Pettenkofer Institute for Hygiene and Medical Microbiology in Munich. In 2004, he finished his Master of Science in biomedicine at the University of Rijeka, followed by his Ph.D. in 2006.

After a five year stay as a postdoctoral fellow and subsequently a research assistant professor at the Vaccine and Gene Therapy Insitute of the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, USA he came to HZI in 2010 to work as a young investigator, leading the junior research group "Immune senescence and Chronic Infections". Since July 2016, he headed the group "Immune Aging and Chronic Infections" (IMCI). Currently, he is leading the department "Viral Immunology" (VIRI). Since 2019, Cicin-Sain holds the CiiM W2 professorship "Individualised Medicine for Viral Infections" at Hannover Medical School (MHH).

The current team list can be found on the group's page on the HZI website.