About the Department

Welcome to the Department of Immunology and Microbiology (ISIM). We are part of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen. ISIM is physically located in the Maersk Tower, the Panum Building and Copenhagen University Hospital at Hvidovre, Herlev and Rigshospitalet.

163 scientific, 46 lab technicians and 9 administrative staff members are employed at the Department (2022). The vast majority of our activities is funded by external sources. In 2022, the ISIM revenue was 165 million DKK of which 76% was from external sources.





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

Within the Department you will find individual research groups as well as five centres:

  • Centre for translational Medicine and Parasitology (CMP)
  • Copenhagen Hepatitis C Program (CO-HEP)
  • Costerton Biofilm Center
  • LEO Foundation Skin Immunology Research Center (SIC)
  • Novo Nordisk Foundation Initiative for Vaccines and Immunity (NIVI)

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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








Many of our activities are initiated and conducted in collaboration with other departments, universities and institutions, both national and international.

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

Singapore Centre for Environmental Engineering and Life Science














Leadership Team ISIM 2024-2026

Charlotte M. Bonefeld
Head of Department, Professor

Nils Erik Samdal
Department Administrator

Thor Grundtvig Theander 

Oana Ciofu

Jens Bukh

University - and faculty management