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I am interested in researching human pathogenic viruses, including HIV-1 and arboviruses and their interplay with the human immune system, especially by applying single cell RNA sequencing technologies.
I am interested in the genetic and phenotypic diversity of arboviruses in mosquito species that have been neglected so far. The studies are based on mosquitoes that I sampled in primary rainforest and savannah regions in Uganda.
I am studying the diversity of mosquito-associated viruses originating from the New World. Currently, I am interested in insect-specific flaviviruses and the integration of flavivirus-derived endogenous elements in mosquito genomes.
I try to understand how the development of the world’s largest transboundary conservation area, the KAZA park, affects vector-borne disease dynamics. I conduct my research in the Caprivi strip in Northern Namibia.
Rabies virus is a major public health threat in Western Africa. My aim is to analyse circulating rabies virus strains and to assess antibody titres in dogs from three different ecozones in Ghana.
Acute encephalitis can be caused by over 100 viruses, making clinical diagnostics extremely challenging. I aim to develop an HTS framework to address this challenge and also to understand within-host diversity of these viruses
My research focuses on the detection and characterization of previously unknown bunyaviruses and on the identification of the most important arboviroses in Kenya. I am involved in the development of diagnostic methods and in capacity building in Kenya.
I study the effect of community composition on viral infection rates in mosquitoes using mesoniviruses as an example. To perform these analyses, I sampled mosquitoes along anthropogenic disturbance gradients in rainforest and savannah regions in Uganda.
I am coordinating a collaborative research project between the Institute of virology, Charite׳ and partners in Ghana under the auspices of the PANDORA-ID-NET consortium. The study is looking at the outcomes of encephalitis in a resource-limited setting.
Arthropod-borne viruses (arboviruses) have spread rapidly in recent years and infect hundreds of millions of people yearly. I aim to gain more insights into the spread of arboviruses and to improve the laboratory diagnostics of arbovirus infections.
I analyze the diversity and prevalence of RNA viruses in mosquitoes with a special focus on novel alphaviruses. Furthermore, I am interested in direct and indirect interactions between mosquito-associated viruses.
Ich untersuche die zell-intrinsischen Immunmediatoren in HIV-1-infizierten T-Zellen und versuche zu verstehen, wie HIV-1 es schafft, zelluläre Verteidigungsstrategien auszuhebeln.
In addition to the nucleic acid based methods for pathogen detection, detection of antibodies is an important method for epidemiological studies and virus diagnostics. I’m in charge for development and application of these methods for new and zoonotic v
I work on the development of advanced antibody-based diagnostics (point of care tests, immunofluorescence assays, Luminex) to characterize virus epidemiology and rare diseases in humans.
I am interested in the epidemiology and evolution of hepatitis and arthropod-borne viruses, specifically concerning the role of animal reservoirs in the emergence of viral diseases of humans.
My work focuses on computational models and software for sequence analyses employed in the in silico identification of evolutionary distant forms of RNA viruses in insects and mammals, contributing to a more integrated understanding of virus evolution.
My research is focused on the molecular epidemiology of different human pathogens such as the Ebola virus or the hepatitis C virus. I aim to characterize past outbreaks and to develop suitable tools to conduct genomic surveillance.
Many viruses infecting humans originate from animal reservoirs. I investigate animal viruses with genetic similarities to human pathogenic hepatitis viruses and paramyxoviruses to elucidate the evolutionary origins of these viruses.
I am particularly interested in the evolutionary biology of paramyxoviruses and hepatitis A virus. Trying to elucidate functional and genomic properties of closely related viruses from small mammals may help us understand how these viruses evolved.