Dr. Franziska Petermann received her diploma degree in human biology from the Philipps University of Marburg, Germany, in 2008, studying mouse models of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. She moved on to the Technical University of Munich, Germany, to work with Dr. Thomas Korn on IL-17 producing gamma delta T cells in autoimmunity, earning her doctoral degree in neuroimmunology in 2014. She came to the NIH that same year, where she joined the Molecular Immunology and Inflammation Branch as a postdoctoral fellow.
Dr. Petermann’s overall research goal has been to understand how dysregulation of T cell function contribute to the pathogenesis of chronic diseases and autoimmunity. She has a keen interest to elucidate molecular mechanisms that are required for the initiation and maintenance of inflammation. Her current focus is to analyze how the expression of cytokine gene loci is regulated.