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).

News

23. July 2018

Protein complex for hepatitis C-virusentry in liver cells is characterised

Hepatitis C virus chronically infects 70 million individuals worldwide. Although the infection can be cured with antiviral drugs, this therapy does not protect from a second infection with the same virus. Moreover, in patients...


02. July 2018

TWINCORE trauert um Harald von Boehmer

Das TWINCORE trauert um Professor emeritus Dr. med. Dr. phil. Dr. h.c. Harald von Boehmer. Harald von Boehmer war ein international hoch angesehener Pionier der T-Zell Immunologie und über viele Jahre Mitglied unseres...


02. July 2018

Common disinfectants reliably kill Chikungunya viruses

Unser Klima verändert sich und damit auch die Verbreitungsgebiete von Infektionskrankheiten. Erkrankungen, die noch bis vor wenigen Jahren als reine Tropenkrankheiten galten, dringen inzwischen bis nach Europa vor. Einer dieser...


17. May 2018

Doctoral awards of the HZI and MHH for Daniel Todt

Daniel Todt, scientist at the Research Group Virus Transmission at the Institute for Experimental Virology, received the Doctoral award of the Hannover Medical School for his research on the hepatitis E virus on May 8, 2018....


09. February 2018

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...