Research Center for Emerging Infections and Zoonoses

Labwork with samples

About the RIZ

The Research Center for Emerging Infections and Zoonoses (RIZ) is a state-of-the-art research center for health, embedded in the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover. The mission of the RIZ is to create a healthier world for people, animals and the environment. The RIZ will act as a research center for the “One Health” concept to establish a cross-sectoral and collaborative approach to improving the health and well-being of people, animals and their environment.

The unique concept of the RIZ enables quick access to the best scientists in their field. In close cooperation with the founding director of the RIZ, the world's leading scientist in virology, Prof. A.D.M.E. Osterhaus, PhD, DVM, new RIZ researchers can cross borders and work together in an institute to develop “One Health” research on a higher platform.

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Research Interest

Virology Group (Professor Dr. Paul Becher)

  • Investigation of pestiviruses and other veterinary relevant RNA viruses and zoonotic pathogens
  • Identification and characterization of cellular receptors and determinants of virus entry
  • EU & OIE reference laboratory for Classical Swine Fever

Becher Group

Parasitology Group (Professor Dr. Stefanie Becker)

  • The role of mosquitoes as vectors, their distribution and ecology in terms of the spread of vector-borne diseases
  • Interactions and spread of arboviruses and their vectors

Becker Group

Molecular and Clinical Infection Biology Group (Professor Dr. Gisa Gerold)

  • Molecular basis of zoonotic RNA viruses and species-specific RNA virus-infections
  • Investigations of host proteins and protein networks related to host changes and respective antiviral therapeutic approaches

Gerold Group

Infection Immunology Group (Professor Dr. Bernd Lepenies)

  • Identification of novel C-type lectin receptor (CLR) ligands on pathogens by glycan/glycoprotein array
  • Targeting of CLRs on antigen-presenting cells using carbohydrate ligands
  • Investigation of CLR functions in animal models of infection and autoimmunity

Lepenies Group

Infection Biology Group (Professor Dr. Albert D.M.E. Osterhaus)

  • Identify emerging and possibly zoonotic infectious diseases in host reservoirs
  • Develop and improve therapeutic measures for infectious diseases
  • Identifying immune mechanisms and developing vaccines

Osterhaus Group

Immunovirology Group (Professor Dr. Guus Rimmelzwaan)

  • Effect of adaptive immunity on infections with zoonotic viruses and correlates of protection
  • Viral evasion strategies and immunity to viruses
  • Intervention strategies, vaccines and treatment (antiviral and host response modifiers)

Rimmelzwaan Group

Zoonotic Virology Group (Professorin Dr. Asisa Volz)

  • Prevalence of viruses (e.g. West Nile virus) in animal hosts
  • Chronic viral infections in mammals
  • Immunogenicity and immunoprophylaxis in mammals

Volz Group

Infection Biochemistry Group (Professorin Dr. Maren von Köckritz-Blickwede)

  • Importance of extracellular networks in the innate immune response to zoonotic infections
  • Research into new therapeutic approaches that strengthen the immune system against infections
  • Role of neutrophils in pathogen-host interaction
  • Hypoxia and oxygen as immune modulators

von Köckritz-Blickwede Group

Host-Virus Interactions Junior Research Group (Dr. Imke Steffen)

  • New RNA viruses and their interaction with the human and animal host
  • The role of flavivirus NS1 proteins in viral pathogenesis
  • The role of MAVS in CNS-resident cells

Steffen Group

Contact

University of Veterinary Medicine Foundation, Hannover
Research Center for Emerging Infections and Zoonoses

Bünteweg 17, Building 231 and 238
30559 Hannover
Tel.: +49 511 953-6130
Research Center for Emerging Infections and Zoonoses

Location Map

Directions

Address for navigational systems:

Bünteweg 17, 30559 Hannover

 

By Public Transport

From the main station with the underground lines 1 (direction Laatzen / Sarstedt), 2 (direction Rethen) or 8 (direction Messe / Nord) go two stops to Aegidientorplatz. Change at Aegidientorplatz and take line 6 (direction Messe / Ost) to the Bünteweg / Tierärztliche Hochschule stop. The stop is right in front of the administration building (TiHo Tower, Bünteweg 2) of the university. The entrance to Bünteweg 17 is about 600 meters from the TiHo Tower on the right-hand side of the street.

By Car

From North/East/West

Drive south on the Messeschnellweg (A37) (Messe) and leave the Schnellweg at the Bult exit. Then turn left and follow the road towards Bemerode. The Bünteweg branches off to the left behind the railway underpass. The TiHo-Tower is located on the corner of Bemeroder Straße / Bünteweg. The entrance to Bünteweg 17 is about 600 meters from the TiHo Tower on the right-hand side of the street.

From the South

On the Messeschnellweg (A37) towards Celle, turn right at the Bult exit towards Bemerode. The Bünteweg branches off to the left behind the railway underpass. The TiHo-Tower is located on the corner of Bemeroder Straße / Bünteweg. The entrance to Bünteweg 17 is about 600 meters from the TiHo Tower on the right-hand side of the street.