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 besides HCV alsothe respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and Chikunguna virus (CHIKV).

The institute comprises two research groups that focus on hepatitis viruses (HCV, HEV), RSV and CHIKV. 

Due to increasing travel restrictions the ACHIEVE Academy Workshop "Stepping stone to an academic career in virology" cannot take place as planned and unfortunately has to be cancelled. Furthermore, the networking event during the GfV Annual Meeting is cancelled.

We are currently evaluating whether the workshop can take place at a later timepoint.

News

31. March 2020

Research projects on SARS-CoV-2 at TWINCORE

Activities concerning novel coronavirus have begun



13. January 2020

First robust cell culture model for the hepatitis E virus

A mutation switches the turbo on during virus replication. This is a blessing for research.


10. December 2019

TWINCORE Seminar

Prof. Gregory Towers Division of Infection and Immunity, University College London "Catch me if you can! Cyclosporines cause innate immune sensing of both HIV and HCV" When: Tuesday 10 December 2019, 5 pm Where:...


25. March 2019

Eliminating hepatitis C viruses effectively

TWINCORE researchers identify target on the viral envelope and develop customised agents. The treatment of hepatitis C has been based on specific effective antiviral medications for a number of years. Since future...