We are interested in airway epithelial cells of bats and rodents as well as in human primary cells for the study of emerging zoonotic viruses. So far, most wildlife-derived viruses remain uncultured and there is a gross lack of suitable in vitro models for most reservoir host species. We believe that our cell culture models can serve as a novel tool for virus isolation as well as for comparative investigation of virus replication in wildlife vs. humans.





Group Leader
Dr. med. Isabella Eckerle

MD students
Lukas Ehlen
Luisa Osang

Dagmar Hensel
Jan Tödtmann

External collaborators
Dr. Veronika Cottontail, Institute of Experimental Ecology, University of Ulm, Germany
PD Dr. Rainer Ulrich, Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Greifswald-Insel Riems, Germany
Dr. Boris Klempa, Institute of Virology (IVSAS), Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovakia
Dipl. Biol. Florian Gloza-Rausch, Noctalis, Bad Segeberg, Germany
Boyan Petrov, MSc, National Museum of Natural History, Sofia, Bulgaria
Dipl. Biol. Matthias Lenk, Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Bundesforschungsinstitut für Tiergesundheit, Abteilung für experimentelle Tierhaltung und Biosicherheit, Collection of Cell Lines in Veterinary Medicine, Greifswald - Insel Riems, Germany
Prof. Dr. med. vet. Christian Menge, Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Bundesforschungsinstitut für Tiergesundheit, Institut für molekulare Pathogenese, Jena, Germany
PD Dr. rer. nat. Andreas Rang, Institut für Virologie, Universitätsklinikum Charité, Berlin, Germany