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Infection Research

Research on infectious diseases in primates mainly focusses on virus infections like HIV/SIV-infections, herpes virus infections and diseases induced by hepatitis viruses. Pox virus infections and other antigens like malaria appear on the agenda and new emerging diseases for example transmissible encephalopathies (BSE, CJD, vCJD) are studied in primates, too. General aims of the research in infectious diseases are the investigation of pathogenetic mechanisms in close-to-human animal models and the development of effective therapeutical and prophylactic concepts.

Primates are ideal animal models for these studies as various human pathogens can be transmitted experimentally due to their close phylogenetic relationship. The evolutionary relationship allows us to draw conclusions to the corresponding physiological mechanisms in humans.

Das Labor der Abteilung Infektionsbiologie

Infection Biology Unit

The Infection Biology Unit analyzes virus-host interactions at the molecular, cellular and organismic level. The research is focused on viral entry into host cells and on control of viral infections by the interferon system. We are studying human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and emerging viruses, particularly Influenza, Ebola and SARS-coronavirus.
Infection Biology Unit

The laboratory of the Infection Pathology Unit

Pathology Unit

Research projects of the Pathology Unit include pathogenetic investigations on spontaneous and experimentally induced infectious diseases in non-human primates using morphological techniques and molecular methods. Moreover, interesting cases from the from the diagnostic routine are scientifically worked up.
Pathology Unit

Ein Labor der Abteilung Infektionsmodelle

Unit of Infection Models

The main task of the department is the application of existing and establishment of new models for the study of viral infectious diseases of humans.
Unit of Infection Models

Section's Speaker

Prof. Dr. Stefan Pöhlmann

Prof. Dr. Stefan Pöhlmann Infection Biology Unit +49 551 3851-150 +49 551 3851-184 Contact