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Laboratory of Virus Research

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The laboratory of virus research works on the pathogenesis (processes leading to disease) of viral infections and on the interactions between viruses and their host cells. The hepatitis A virus serves as a model (for a survey see Dotzauer, 2014, publications books), as it is suitable for the investigation of both general viral and virus specific principles and also for the investigation of the viral replication. Although vaccines are available, the hepatitis A virus infection is one of the most common infectious diseases, with clearly more than 10 million cases per year of which some take a very serious course.  There is no specific therapy for this very heterogenous infectious disease, as important details of the virus/host interaction are not known. The research work is presented in publications and graduation theses.

Our university courses are part of the bachelor studies in biology, focus „Molecular Biological Sciences“ and the master programmes „Biochemistry and Molecular Biology“ and „Marine Microbiology“. So far, 73 diploma theses, 31 bachelor theses, 7 master theses and 17 PhD theses were written at the laboratory of virus research and its precursor institute.

In addition to the scientific work, the laboratory of virus research also offers advanced training courses, with the main focus on teachers‘ training courses in practical genetics.

The Department of Virology was founded in 1990 and led until 2014 by Prof. Dr. Angelika Vallbracht. Since then, the laboratory is headed by Prof. Dr. Andreas Dotzauer.

The laboratory of virus research offers the whole range of virological and immunological techniques. Safety level 2 and safety level 3 laboratories are available which have the equipment for all common molucular biological and virological methods.