Drosten

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Work

Our research is dedicated to the ecology of viruses in their host- and dead end host contexts. We look for novel viruses in humans and animals and try to obtain estimates on their clinical relevance. We are interested in mechanisms of virus maintenance in reservoir hosts and in functional correlates of species barriers. We currently conduct field work in Ghana, Brazil, and several places in Europe. The search for new viruses requires a strong repertoire in molecular diagnostics, which is why we invest considerably in assay technologies. Here we have a strong interaction with our diagnostics section. In molecular biology we focus on coronavirus models. Our ongoing projects try to address mechanisms that determine the capability of viruses to switch hosts, and the prediction of the pathogenic potential of reservoir-borne coronaviruses.

 

People

Head
Prof. Dr. Christian Drosten

Postdocs

Dr. Sebastian Hauka
Dr. Doreen Muth
Victor Corman (Arzt)
Dr. Jan Felix Drexler
Dr. Marcel A. Müller

External and affiliated scientists
Dipl. Biol. Florian Gloza-Rausch
(Noctalis, Bad Segeberg)
Dr. Alexander Lukashev
(visiting Professor, Chumakov Institute Moscow)

PhD students
M. Sc. Andrea Rasche
Dipl. Biochem. Tabea Binger
Dipl. Biol. Adriana Fumie Tateno
Dipl. Molmed. Benjamin Meyer
M.Sc. Eva Neugebauer
Dipl. Biol. Daniela Niemeyer

M. Sc. Jan Papies
Dipl. Biol. Daniel Ritz
M.Sc. Tasnim Suliman
M.Sc. Rodrigo Melim Zerbinati

Alumni
Dr. Susanne Pfefferle (Postdoc)
Dipl. Biol. Petra Herzog (PhD Student)
Dipl. Biol. Susanne Biesold (PhD Student)

 

MD students
Brit Häcker  
Robert Wollny
Sarah Nörtemann

Technicians
Tobias Bleicker
Monika Eschbach-Bludau
Sebastian Brünink
Monika Frank
Stephan Kallies
Ute Winke

Guests
Alexander Lukashev (temporal), Chumakov Institute, Moscow