Department Head, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research-UFZ, Leipzig, Germany

Irina Lehmann received her PhD degree in Immunology from Leipzig University, Germany, in 1991.


Irina Lehmann is currently the Head of the Department of Environmental Immunolgy at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research in Leipzig, Germany. Research at the Lehmann group is focused on the impact of environmental exposure on immune regulatory pathways and resulting consequences for disease risk. Prospective birth cohort studies are used to investigate the impact of environmental exposure on the development of the immune system in the fetal and early postnatal period and the consequences for disease risks later in children’s life. Epigenome, transcriptome, and metabolome data are generated within these cohort to unravel the link between the individual genetic background, environmental exposure and perturbed immunregulatory & metabolic pathways.


Irina Lehmann is the PI of two birth cohorts focussing on asthma & allergy development in children (the LINA mother-child-study and the LISA cohort).