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PhD students and their projects

Madeleine de le Roi (project 1)

Investigation of potential viral etiology and associated pathogenesis in disease syndromes of unknown cause.

Sonja Jesse (project 2)

Identification and characterization of novel avian metapneumoviruses from wild birds that pose a threat to domestic poultry and mammals.

Franziska Kaiser (project 3)

Characterization of selected viruses identified in wildlife reservoirs, evaluating their risk to domestic animals and humans.

Alina Schadenhofer (project 4)

In vitro and ex vivo characterization of newly discovered and emerging respiratory viruses of humans and animals.

Eva Barbara Gregersen (project 5)

Wild boar and wild and zoo ruminant reservoirs for virus infections: virus detection and surveillance of viruses recently identified in domestic animals.

Babak Saremi (project 6)

Robust algorithms for bioinformatics in virus research.

Alexandra Herbst (project 7)

Role of cellular importin-α isoforms in cross-species transmission of emerging viruses.

Mareike Heinig (project 8)


Frederik Bexter (project 9)

Pathogen-host interactions at the interface of the reproductive tract - Differences in avian metapneumovirus infections between chickens and turkeys.

 (project 10)

Infection of differentiated bovine respiratory epithelial cells by bovine viral diarrhea virus, paramyxoviruses, and other respiratory pathogens.

Jana Breitfeld (project 11)

Bovine hepacivirus diversity and determinants of virus replication and translation.

Tom Schreiner (project 12)


Franziska Geiselhardt (project 13)

Identification of host and viral determinants of canine distemper virus interspecies transmission.

Elisa Chludzinski (project 14)

Ex vivo and in vitro analyses of invasion strategies and pulmonary pathology in canine distemper virus infection.

Frederic Gusmag (project 15)

Influence of genetic adaptation to vector populations on arbovirus emergence and spread.

Antonio Camarao (project 16)

The role of flavivirus NS1 proteins in viral pathogenesis.

Veronika Breitkopf (project 17)

Identification of host requirements and restrictions of flavivirus entry and replication.

Kathleen Schön (project 18)

Influence of genome reassortment of mosquito-borne Peribunyaviridae on the interaction with host innate immune responses.

André Gömer (project 19)

Hepatitis C virus-related equine hepacivirus cell entry and receptor usage.

Nele Gremmel (project 20)

Hepatitis E virus: importance of viral factors for infection and replication

Michael Wißing (project 21)

Role of host determinants in the replication cycle of hepatitis E virus.

Zeinab Kanso (project 22)

Viral sensing mechanisms within the central nervous system.

Magdalena Kircher (project 23)

Robust Learning Algorithms using High-Throughput Sequencing Data from Infection Research.

Mareike Kubinski (project 24)

Recombinant Modified Vaccinia virus Ankara vaccines delivering Tick-borne encephalitis virus antigens – search for correlates of protection against severe neurological disease.

Jana Beicht (project 25)

Influenza vectored flavivirus vaccines: candidate equine hepacivirus (EqHV) vaccine testing in its natural host.

Janina Jansen (project 26)

Immune evasion of influenza viruses from recognition by T cells

Lucas Wilken (project 27)

Use of influenza viral vector system for the induction of immunity to various flaviruses.

Olivia Luise Gern (project 28)

New strategies for the therapy of viral neuroinflammation.

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