Research Group Zoonoses

Research Group Zoonoses

Indirekte Immunfluoreszenz zur Darstellung von Anti-Bornavirus-Antikörpern in Serum und Liquor (links) sowie Immunhistologie für Virus-Antigen (rechts oben) und in situ-Hybridisierung für Virus-RNA (rechts unten).
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The research group is associated with the National Reference Centre for Tropical Pathogens and the Consiliary Laboratory for Bornaviruses and focuses on the diagnosis, epidemiology, and immunology of emerging zoonotic diseases.

We investigate zoonotic bornavirus encephalitis (BoDV-1 and VSBV-1 infections), arthropod-borne bacterial infections (rickettsioses, Q fever, tularemia), and neglected tissue-invasive parasitic infections (muscular sarcocystosis, visceral pentastomiasis, larval tapeworm infections). Laboratory tests are developed and validated for pathogen detection and subtyping from bodily fluids and tissues. Biomarker analyses are conducted in patient cohorts.

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Research Group Leader

Prof. Dr Dennis Tappe

phone: +49 40 285380-499

fax: +49 40 42818-252


RG Zoonoses