Christian Drosten
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 focus on Coronavirus models.

Anna-Maria Eis-Hübinger
Our research is focused on parvovirus genetics and phylogeny. In the clinical field we are most interested in aspects of DNA virus infections (herpes, parvo, boca) and respiratory tract disease.


Jan Felix Drexler
We work on the sourcing of emerging viruses from animal reservoirs with a focus on the evolutionary biology of hepatitis viruses. Our work is executed within the German Centre of Infection Research (DZIF) and strongly related to field work in Europe, Latin America and Africa. We count on long-standing scientific cooperation with German and international partners.


Sandra Junglen
We are interested in arboviruses from an ecological point of view. We ask whether habitat changes are reflected in vector- and virus abundance. We look for ecological parameters that can influence the propensity of arboviruses to leave their original amplification cycles. Starting from virus isolates, we try to identify determinants on the molecular level that limit host and vector range.

Beate Kümmerer
Our research is focused on viruses that can be transmitted to humans by an insect vector (arthropod-borne viruses). We mainly work on Flaviviruses (yellow fever virus, dengue virus) and Alphaviruses (Chikungunya virus). Our major tools are reverse genetic systems to study the functions of viral proteins, mechanisms involved in viral replication and virus-host interaction.

Marcel Müller

Our research is dedicated to emerging zoonotic viruses (mainly corona- and lyssaviruses) and their interactions with variable hosts. We use cell culture models to investigate mechanisms that determine the capability of viruses to switch hosts with a focus on the species-specific intracellular defence mechanisms (e.g. the interferon response).