About the department

Panum, University of Copenhagen

Panum, University of Copenhagen

The Department of Immunology and Microbiology (ISIM) is part of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen and is physically located in the Panum Building and at the Maersk Tower.

170 scientific and administrative staff members are employed at the Department (2018). ISIM has a revenue of DKK 105 million (2017) of which the majority, 77%, is funding from private partners. Read more about allocation of funding.


ISIM organogram

ISIM organogram (PDF).

Research at the department ranges from basic to applied research and is contained within the four research areas: Bacteriology, Immunology, Virology and Medical Parasitology (malaria research).

Within the Department you will find centres such as The Costerton Biofilm Center, CO-HEP and Centre for Medical Parasitology. Read more about research at ISIM.


The Department hosts a broad portfolio of courses in immunology, microbiology, basic human biology, cell biology and molecular biology. We also offer online courses and e-learning modules, Eg. Bacterial Biofilm. Read more about teaching at ISIM.

Partners from across the world

Many of our activities are initiated and conducted in collaboration with other departments, universities and institutions. We cooperate closely with Statens Serum Institut, Copenhagen University Hospital, UCPH's Department of Public Health, as well as many partners across the world, such as the Bandim Health Project in Guinea-Bissau, KCMC in Tanzania and Singapore Centre for Environmental Engineering and Life Science.

Collaborate with us

We welcome inquiries from the press and are always seeking to advance our cooperation with private companies, international organizations, public institutions and other stakeholders. Feel free to contact us, and we will do our best to answer your enquiry.

If you are interested in working at ISIM, please have a look at the UCPH Job Bank.