Zoonotic virus infections

Emerging and re-emerging viral zoonoses pose a particular threat to both, animals and human. The frequency of emergence of new and re-emergence of known viruses is constantly increasing due to higher animal densities in farming, growing areas with high density of human population, globalization with increased travelling and trading activities, and least but not last climate changes resulting in expansion or change of arthropod vector distribution. With a focus on flaviviruses, we are investigating the interaction of viruses with the innate immune system to identify factors favoring transmission within and between species.

Funding:

  • European Community’s 7th Framework Program: Preparedness, Prediction and Prevention of Emerging Zoonotic Viruses with Pandemic Potential using Multidisciplinary Approaches (PREDEMICS)
  • European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme. ZIKAlliance. A Global Alliance for Zika Virus Control and Prevention. (ZIKAAlliance)