Research Interests

Stromal cell populations within secondary lymphoid organs (SLOs) guide immune cell migration and play a complex immunoregulatory role in an arising immune response. Stromal cells have emerged as a novel field in immunology and gained enormous interest during the last decade. It is increasingly evident that the immune response cannot be fully understood without the stromal aspect since the stromal network exhibit complex interactions and cross talks with immune cells necessary for immunity and tolerance. Importantly, these stromal circuits also operate outside of the SLOs such as within the tumor microenvironment. 

The research aims to understand the immunoregulatory role of stromal cells during arising T cell responses, how this is affected by danger signals and how we can influence stromal-T cell cross-talk for a more efficient immune response within SLOs and in the tumor microenvironment.

Grant support

  • German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG)
  • Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
  • Maria von Linden Programm
  • Cluster of Excellence ImmunoSensation, University of Bonn
  • SFB1454

Academic achievements (Prof Lukacs-Kornek)

  • 2010-2011 Benacerraf Fellowship (Postdoctoral Fellowship), Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, Boston USA
  • 2012 Trainee Award, American Association of Immunologists (AAI), 99th Annual Meeting, Boston
  • 2012 Alexander von Humboldt Foundation/ Sofja Kovalevskaja Award
  • 2016 EASL (European Association for the Study of the Liver) Emerging Leader Award

Group achievements

  • Selected talk for Sophia Rottmann on the joint conference of the Société Francaise d'Immunologie (SFI) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Immunologie (DGfI) Strasbourg, France, September 26-29, 2023
  • Cluster Immunosensation Travel Award for Sophia Rottmann and for Ramona Reichelt


Prof. Dr. Veronika Lukacs-Kornek

Tel.: +49 228 287 - 11040
Fax: +49 228 287 - 11052

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