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).


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...

06. November 2017

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...

02. October 2017

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...