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Institute of Virology


Emerging viruses


Emerging viruses pose a continuous threat to public health worldwide. Rapid and reliable diagnosis of emerging viruses is crucial for cases detection, patient management and prognostic appreciation. Our research is dedicated to the development and evaluation of rapid diagnostic tools to facilitate the diagnosis of emerging infections. In addition, we aim to search for new viruses in different tick populations.

Figure: Phylogenetic analysis of a novel ZIKV sequence found in North Central Nigeria, 2016. (Mathé et al., 2018, J Clin Virol)

Selected publications from our group:

  1. Mathe P, Egah DZ, Muller JA, Shehu NY, Obishakin ET, Shwe DD, Pam VC, Okolo MO, Yilgwan C, Gomerep SS, Fuchs J, Abok I, Onyedibe KI, Olugbo EJ, Isa SE, Machunga-Mambula SS, Attah CJ, Munch J, Oguche S, Panning M. (2018) Low Zika virus seroprevalence among pregnant women in North Central Nigeria, 2016. J Clin Virol 105:35-40.
  2. Prinz M, Fuchs J, Ehrmann S, Scherer-Lorenzen M, Kochs G, Panning M. (2017). Molecular identification of novel phlebovirus sequences in European ticks. Ticks Tick Borne Dis 8:795-798.
  3. Panning M. (2017). Zika Virus Serology: More Diagnostic Targets, more Reliable Answers? EBioMedicine 16:12-13.
  4. Huzly, D., I. Hanselmann, J. Schmidt-Chanasit and M. Panning (2016). "High specificity of a novel Zika virus ELISA in European patients after exposure to different flaviviruses." Euro Surveill 21(16).
  5. Eibach, D., R. Krumkamp, A. Hahn, N. Sarpong, Y. Adu-Sarkodie, A. Leva, J. Kasmaier, M. Panning, J. May and E. Tannich (2016). "Application of a multiplex PCR assay for the detection of gastrointestinal pathogens in a rural African setting." BMC Infect Dis 16(1): 150.



  • Bernhard-Nocht-Institute for Tropical Medicine, Hamburg, Germany
  • Geobotany, Faculty of Biology, Freiburg, Germany
  • Jos University, Nigeri

    Institute of Virology

    Hermann-Herder-Strasse 11
    D-79104 Freiburg


    Prof. Dr. med. Hartmut Hengel

    Team Leader:

    Marcus Panning
    (Dr. med., Professor)
    Phone: +49 761 203 6610
    Fax: +49 761 203 6603