Prof. Dr. med. Leif Erik Sander
Leif Erik Sander is an associate Professor and senior consultant at the Department of Infectious Diseases and Respiratory Medicine at Charité – Universitätsmedizin in Berlin, Germany. He studied medicine at Hannover Medical School and underwent clinical training as an internist and pulmonologist at RWTH Aachen University Hospital and at the Charité in Berlin. From 2008 to 2011, he trained as a postdoctoral fellow at the Immunology Institute at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, NY. In 2012, he received the Theodor Frerichs-Award of the German Society for Internal Medicine (DGIM) for his work on immune recognition of microbial viability, and he was awarded an Emmy Noether-Fellowship of the German Research Foundation (DFG). His lab studies human immunity to respiratory infections and mechanisms of vaccination, with a current focus on SARS-CoV-2- and vaccine-induced immune responses. He leads several clinical studies investigating the pathophysiology of COVID-19, immunogenicity of COVID-19 vaccines, and he is co-coordinator of a Germany-wide research network ‘COVIM’ investigating SARS-CoV-2 immunity.