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Director and substitutes

Prof. Dr. Jörg Hofmann

Lead Scientist Diagnostics, Department of Virology at Labor Berlin

Administrative Staff

Scientific staff

Jackson Emanuel

I study the differences between bat and human innate immunity in the context of viral infection to understand the virus tolerance in bats.

Jörn Beheim-Schwarzbach

Ich unterstütze die AG Jones als Technischer Assistent (TA).

Agnieszka Krawczyk

student assistant (Labor Berlin)

Nadine Krüger

student assistant (National Consultant Laboratory for Coronaviruses)

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Christiane Elise Schüler

I identify and characterize cellular antiviral restriction factors, aiming to establish novel strategies against Chikungunya virus infection.

Matthias Fendt

I test biting migdes, which I collected in the KAZA-Park in Namibia, for infections with arboviruses.

Bengisu Akbil

I am characterizing the biogenesis of viral glycoproteins and mechanisms of HIV-1 transmission using live-cell imaging techniques.

PhD Baxolele Mhlekude

Ich untersuche antivirale Restriktionsfaktoren der HIV-1 Infektion mit dem Ziel, neue Ansätze für die Entwicklung antiviraler Strategien zu liefern.

Jenny Jansen

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.

Selina Graff

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.

Anne Kopp

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.

Heiko Guggemos

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.

Talitha Veith

I am interested in virus discovery and exploring viral diversity in mammals, particularly in humans, bats and primates, using high throughput sequencing methods.

William Tasiame

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.

Simon Schröder

My research focuses on the identification of phenotypic differences between MERS-Coronavirus strains to facilitate virus sequence-based risk assessment and outbreak predictions.

Julia Schneider

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

Institute of Virology Charité: Janine Theiß
M.Sc. Janine Theiß

I am interested in the packaging mechanism of human cytomegalovirus (HCMV). Especially I am trying to characterize the functional motifs of the terminase subunit pUL89.

Institute of Virology Charité: Fabian Pirzer
M.Sc. Fabian Pirzer

I’m interested in analyzing the influences of landscape changes - using the example of the construction of the Panama Canal- on RNA virus evolution in tropical rodent species.

Dr. Marco Marklewitz

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.

M. Sc. Beate Tenner

I develop and validate Luminex-based antibody detection assays to characterize the ecology and epidemiology of hantaviruses.

Tobias Bleicker

I am particularly interested in the validation and further development of new diagnostic methods, with focus on PCR and high-throughput sequencing techniques.

Georg Eibner

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.

Philip El-Duah

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.

Carlo Fischer

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.

Lina Gottula

I perform molecular genetic experiments with common cold coronaviruses to understand how viruses manipulate infected cells to ensure propagation.

Nicolas Heinemann

I am interested in the development of cell biological and molecular genetics-based methods to investigate the innate immune response of bats.

Kyra Hermanns

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.

M.Sc. Julia Kazmierski

Ich untersuche die zell-intrinsischen Immunmediatoren in HIV-1-infizierten T-Zellen und versuche zu verstehen, wie HIV-1 es schafft, zelluläre Verteidigungsstrategien auszuhebeln.

Petra Mackeldanz

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

Elisabeth Möncke-Buchner

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.

Barbara Mühlemann

I’m studying virus evolution using ancient DNA.

Dr. Edmilson Oliveira

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.

Jan Patrick Papies

I investigate stress-dependent transcription factors of the innate immune response to understand the bat-specific tolerance towards virus infections.

Sofia Paraskevopoulou

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.

Ignacio Postigo

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.

M.Sc. Fabian Pott

Ich etabliere ein ex vivo-Primärzellmodell der Chikungunyavirus-Infektion mit dem Ziel, die Pathogenese dieses Virus und die antivirale Antwort in vivo zu beleuchten.

Andrea Rasche

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.

Anna-Lena Sander

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.

M.Sc. Andres Moreira-Soto

My research focuses on Arboviruses, molecular epidemiology, natural reservoirs, and the interface between wildlife and diseases. Evolutionary virology.

Sandy Ayash

student assistant

Morris Baumgardt

student assistent

Marie Luisa Schmidt

Using reverse genetics and NGS I want to improve the understanding of chronic disease caused by Hepatitis E virus infection.

Wendy Karen Jo Lei

I am interested in the evolutionary history and the evolutionary mechanisms influencing cross-species transmission of different viral families.