Epidemiology and immunology of arthropod-borne bacterial infections
The research group investigates the epidemiology and immunology (antibody, cytokine and cellular responses) of arthropod-borne bacterial pathogens such as Rickettsia typhi and R. prowazekii, Orientia tsutsugamushi, Coxiella burnetii, Francisella tularensis, and Yersinia pestis.
With a focus on rickettsioses, we conduct studies in Malaysia, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Madagascar together with our international partners. Moreover, cohorts of returning travellers with various forms of rickettsioses, scrub typhus, as well as patients with autochthonously acquired tularemia and Q fever are analyzed.
For a list of the group's publications about rickettsioses, click here. More information (in German) about ticks and their respective pathogens which are diagnosed at our National Reference Center can be found here.