Experimental Virology

Experimental Virology

Viruses are vehicles which transmit biological information, reprogramming the function of human, animal or plant cells to produce progeny virions. Viral pathogens are very small, often with a very simple structure. Indeed, enveloped viruses are composed only of a protein shell filled with genetic material, surrounded by a lipid envelope decorated with viral proteins. Nevertheless, viral pathogens like HIV or the hepatitis C virus (HCV) threaten the health of many millions of individuals. Important human pathogens among the group of RNA viruses include hepatitis C virus (HCV) and the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

The institute comprises three research groups that focus on hepatitis viruses (HCV, HEV), HIV-1, respiratory syncytial virus (hRSV) and Chikungunya virus (CHIKV).


New treatment approach for hepatitis E infections in pregnant women

Hepatitis E virus infections are usually subclinical and are considered as an underrated disease by physicians. The number of infections worldwide is estimated at 20 million infected people per year. In our latitudes, primarily...

Robert Koch Foundation Postdoctoral Award for Virology 2017 for Gisa Gerold

Dr. Gisa Gerold received the Robert Koch Foundation Postdoctoral Awards  for Virology 2017 on 3 November  in recognition of her studies on the biology of Hepatitis C-Virus-Infections. The 5000 Euro endowed prize...

PhD Prize 2017 of the DGI and DZIF for Shuting Xu

Dr. Shuting Xu was awarded the Dissertation Prize 2017 of the German Center for Infection Research (DZIF)/German Society of Infectious Diseases (DGI). She obtained the award for her excellent achievements during her doctoral...

31. July 2017

16th Workshop „Immunobiology of Viral Infections“ (GfV)

Dear friends and colleagues,It is our pleasure to announce the 16th workshop of the study group “Immunobiology of Viral Infections” of the Society for Virology (GfV). This year´s workshop will be held for the second time at...