Projects of second cohort (01.04.2022 - 31.03.2025)

Georg Beythien (project 1)
Comparative analysis of canine distemper virus cell tropism, replication and translation in canine 2D and 3D neuronal ex vivo culture systems as well as detection of new viruses

Bianca Kühl (project 2)
Investigation of potential viral etiology and associated pathogenesis in disease syndromes of unknown cause in wildlife and marine mammals

Josefin Säurich (project 3)
Automated unsupervised clustering of viral meta-genomes derived from sequence read archives

Project 4
Virus discovery and characterization platform

Laura Heydemann (project 5)
Long term consequences of SARS-CoV-2 infection in the lung and the CNS in the golden Syrian hamster model

Tom Schreiner (project 6)
Morphologic examination of ciliated epithelia in upper respiratory tract with special consideration of olfactory epithelium after SARS-CoV-2 infection

Anna Reiß (project 7)
Investigation of pathogenesis, virulence and immunoreaction following infection with a genetically modified OVA-Theilervirus in a murine model of multiple sclerosis

Lars Söder (project 8)
Characterization of recently identified novel viruses from wild boar and other wild animal species

Malte Pitters (project 9)
Overcoming the airway epithelium barrier in the early phase of bovine viral diarrhea  virus (BVDV) infection

David Zöller (project 10)
The role of Card-9 regulated pathways in orthobunyavirus infection

Susann Dornbusch (project 11)
The role of Anti-RVFV immunity in Germlone infection and behavior modulation in insects

Pauline Pöpperl (project 12)
Identification of intracellular host range restriction factors of canine distemper virus

Muhammad Ameen (project 13)
Investigations upon the role of C-type lection receptors in the pathogenesis of Theiler´s murine encephalomyelitis virus-induced hippocampal damage

Mara Duven (project 14)
The role of tetraspanins in cross-species transmission of re-emerging alphaviruses

Belén Carriqui (project 15)
Host factor interactions during early steps of hepatitis C virus cell entry and their interindividual modulation by genetic and pharmacological perturbations alphaviruses

Franz Leonhard Böge (project 16)
Prediction of miRNAs involved during viral infections using gene-set tests on expression data of mRNA targets

Felix Schweitzer (project 17)
Tick-borne encephalitis neuro-pathogenesis

Sophie Kolbe (project 18)
In vitro systems to study antibody escape and antiviral resistance mechanisms during RSV and Sars-CoV-2 infections

Nunzio Sarnino (project 19)
Investigations of virulence factors and host-pathogen-interaction of newly emerging Avian Influenza viruses in chickens

Lea Blank (project 20)
Modulation of cellular stress responses in RNA virus infections

Project 22
Host restriction factors in hepatitis E virus replication

Project 23
Propagation of hepatitis E virus in human neuronal cells as infection model system for extrahepatic manifestations

Sana Adam (project 24)
Coronavirus infections of the reproductive tract in mammals and birds: interplay of hormones and innate immunity

Aparna Shandheep (project 25)
RNA-based in vivo expression of monoclonal antibodies

Project 27
Exploitation of the TiHo Sars-CoV-2 hamster model under BSL-3 conditions for testing of novel intervention strategies for COVID-19

Project 28
Immunity to CNS infection caused by Rift Valley Fever Virus (RVFV)

Ayse Agac (project 29)
Towards a better understanding of cell-mediated immunity to Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)

Sandra Runft (project 30)
Biodistribution and reactogenicity of Sars-CoV-2 antigens delivered by MVA candidate vector vaccines against COVID-19

Project 31
Evaluation of innovative MVA-WNV candidate vaccines to overcome immunosenescence in old mice

Sonja Ohrnberger (project 32)
MVA-based therapeutic approaches against equine hepacivirus infections in horses