We are interested in the impact of anthropogenic habitat changes on emerging viruses at the interface of pristine rainforests and disturbed landscapes. Our work focuses on viruses transmitted by mosquitoes (arthropod-borne viruses). We investigate variations in mosquito abundance and concomitant viral infections along anthropogenic disturbance gradients throughout the tropics. Using various screening techniques, we are looking for variant and novel viruses in order to assess zoonotic risks induced by environmental change.




Group Leader (staff scientist)
Dr. Sandra Junglen

Dr. Florian Zirkel

PhD students
Ahmad Ghiffari 
Kyra Hermanns
Simon Käfer
Anne Kopp
Marco Marklewitz
Sofia Paraskevopoulou
Ramesh Pun

Technical Assistant
Pascal Trippner

Diploma/Master students
Lisa Baum
Marilene Sonja Frey
Saba Motthaginia


External collaborators
Dr. Benon Assiimwe, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
Dr. Dennis A. Bente, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas, USA
Prof. Christian Borgemeister, Centre for Development Research (ZEF), Bonn, Germany
Dr. Thomas Gillespie, Emory University, Atlanta, USA
Dr. Fabian Leendertz, Robert Koch Institut, Berlin, Germany
Prof. Bernhard Misof, Centre for Molecular Biodiversity Research (ZMB), Bonn, Germany
PD Dr. Lars Podsiadlowski, Institut für Evolutionsbiologie und Zooökologie, Universität Bonn, Bonn, Germany
Prof. Dr. Stefan Pöhlmann, German Primate Center, Göttingen, Germany
Dr. Innocent Rwego, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
Prof. Rosemary Sang, Kenya Medical Research Insitute (KEMRI), Nairobi, Kenya
Dr. David Tchouassi, International Centre of Insect Phsyiology and Ecology (icipe), Nairobi, Kenya
Prof. Baldwyn Torto, International Centre of Insect Phsyiology and Ecology (icipe), Nairobi, Kenya
Prof. Dr. Ronald Van Rij, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, the Netherlands
Prof. Dr. John Ziebuhr, Justus-Liebig University, Gießen, Germany

Supplemental Material (Supplementary dataset S5) for "Provenance and geographic spread of St. Louis encephalitis virus"

Supplementary dataset S5