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Peter Reuther & Team

Research Topics

Long-term consequences of respiratory RNA virus infections

Respiratory RNA viruses such as Influenza A viruses (IAV) and SARS-CoV-2 represent a major burden on public health. Besides life-threatening disease progression during the acute phase of viral replication, infection with both IAV and SARS-CoV-2 can have long-term sequelae, which persist or manifest beyond viral clearance (post-viral syndromes). Importantly, the etiology of these post-viral syndromes remains vastly elusive. We are interested in virus-induced transcriptional and epigenetic changes, which persist beyond infection and their impact on post-viral disease.

Entry of bat-borne Influenza A Viruses

Zoonotic transmission of viruses from bat reservoirs to humans poses a constant threat to global health and therefore a better understanding of the biology of bat viruses as well as their zoonotic potential is of utmost importance. Recently, two novel Influenza A virus (IAV) subtypes (H17N10 and H18N11) were identified in New World bats. Unlike classical IAV, these bat-borne viruses use MHC-II molecules as a receptor to enter the host cell. Using high-resolution microscopy and biochemical assays, we study the entry process of H17N10 and H18N11.



Team Leader

Peter Reuther

Phone: +49 761 203 6639




PhD Student

Maria Kaukab Osman

Phone: +49 761 203 6591

PhD Student

Jonathan Robert

Phone: +49 761 203 6591

PhD Student

Lisa Kern

Phone: +49 761 203 6591

Master Student

Selene Franchini

Phone: +49 761 203 6591


Lana McCaslin

Phone: +49 761 203 6591

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Prof. Dr. med. Hartmut Hengel


Kristina Gendrisch
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Telefax: 0761 203-6626
E-Mail: kristina.gendrisch@uniklinik-freiburg.de

Gudrun Simpson
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Telefax: 0761 203-6562
E-Mail: gudrun.simpson@uniklinik-freiburg.de

Information Desk:
Jutta Schneeberger
Telefon: 0761 203-6510
Telefax: 0761 203-6562
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