Virology is an interdisciplinary field, as reflected by the diverse activities at our Institute. Research projects range from fundamental questions of virus-virus, virus-cell and virus-host interactions to the global analysis of virome and host-transcriptome relationships. For example, the Experimental Virology group investigates the molecular mechanisms of interaction between competing viruses and the co-infected cell, as a model for more complex biosocial processes of health and disease. The section Molecular and Clinical Veterinary Virology comprises three laboratories with a special focus in viruses of farm animals but also in viruses of wild and exotic animals. Specifically, the Virome Analysis laboratory investigates virus-virus and virus-host interactions on a omics level, with emphasis on swine and cattle as the hosts. The Papillomavirus- and Herpesvirus Pathogenesis laboratories explore virus-host interactions on all levels and in several different host species, including horse, turtle and elephant. The interdisciplinary group of Environmental Virology addresses questions concerning the effect of changing environmental factors on the distribution of viruses in reservoir hosts, vectors and the environment.
There are strong links between the different laboratories both scientifically and technically. Together, we are commited to implement the knowledge gained from our research in the classroom and, through the development of novel diagnostic tools and therapeutic interventions, also for the benefit of animal and human health.
Cover Illustration: Rotavirus particles