Viruses are small obligate intracellular parasites that consist of genetic material (RNA or DNA), protein, and sometimes lipids. Virology, the science of viruses, deals with structural and functional aspects of viruses, their relationship with the host, their evolution, and their effect on health and disease. Strategies for antiviral treatment, vaccination and even the use of viruses for therapeutic interventions are also in scope. With two main groups, the Experimental Virology group and the Molecular and Clinical Veterinary Virology group, we are interested in several of these aspects of virus research both on molecular and clinical levels.
Complex interactions of viruses and microbes with their host determine the outcome of health versus disease. Understanding the defense strategies of the host against pathogenic viruses and microbes is key for improving diagnostic, therapeutic and preventive measures against infectious diseases. The Section of Immunology investigates innate and adaptive immune mechanisms that benefit of human and animal health. Our specific focus is on host defense mechanisms that protect from fungal pathogens.