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We study pathogens that are the causative agents of human diseases like HIV, tuberculosis, hepatitis, encephalomyelitis, anthrax, flu, pneumonia and tooth decay.

Research in the department is multidisciplinary and spans structural and molecular virology, microbial and viral pathogenesis, microbial genetics, pathogen evolution, host-pathogen interactions, cellular and molecular immunology, molecular biology, autoimmunity and cancer.

We examine how the immune system controls or – as is often the case – fails to control infections with these pathogens and we design and test vaccines against these pathogens.

We study fundamental mechanisms of cell biology, structural biology, transcription, translation, replication and genetics and determine how processes affect the development and progression of infectious disease as well as chronic diseases.