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Esther Leenen

Research Interests

Supervisor: Dr. Matthias Zilbauer

Research interest lies in epigenetic mechanisms involved in intestinal health and disease. I am particularly interested in regulatory epigenetic modifications (e.g. DNA methylation) in intestinal epithelial cells that might contribute to an altered immune response.


epigenetics ; gastroenterology ; epithelial cells ; host-microbe-interactions ; epigenetics and environment ; immune homeostasis ; mucosal immunology ; paediatric gastroenterology ; innate immune defence


  • inflammatory bowel disease
  • chronic inflammation