Institute for Medical Virology and Epidemiology of Viral Diseases


Address: Elfriede-Aulhorn-Str. 6
72076 Tübingen

Phone number: +49 7071 29-80247

Fax number: 07071 29-5790

E-mail address: sekretariat.​iftner@​med.​uni-​tuebingen.​de

About us

The Institute of Virology and Epidemiology of Viral Diseases headed by Prof. Dr. Thomas Iftner is an independent division within the Department of Diagnostic Laboratory Medicine at the University Hospital Tübingen.

Our institute represents the subject Virology

  • in basic and clinical research
  • in teaching for students of human and dental medicine, molecular medicine, midwifery and nursing science and biochemistry as well as biology and bioinformatics
  • in patient care in the form of comprehensive diagnostics of human pathogenic viruses, expert advice to physicians, and training of medical specialists and specialist virologists.
  • It is also home to the Cytomegalovirus Consiliary Laboratory.
  • and the research section Molecular Virology (Prof. Dr. Michael Schindler).

RKI Consultant Laboratory Cytomegalovirus

The Institute of Medical Virology and Epidemiology of Viral Diseases was appointed by the Robert Koch Institute as a consultant laboratory for neonatal and Tx-related CMV diseases on the basis of its diagnostic expertise and research activities and carries out most extensive diagnostics and research in this field.

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Research Section Molecular Virology

The section headed by Prof. Dr. Michael Schindler investigates viral immune evasion mechanisms and the cell biology of viral infections.

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Research Group Papillomaviruses

The research group investigates mechanisms of HPV-driven carcinogenesis at the molecular, cellular and systemic level, and performs epidemiological studies.

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Research Group “Mechanisms of innate antiviral immunity”

The research group, headed by Prof. Dr. Daniel Sauter, investigates the interactions of HIV, SARS-CoV-2 and other (zoonotic) viral pathogens with the immune responses of their respective hosts.

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Virologisch-Wissenschaftliches Kolloquium

Aktuelle Termine des Wochenkolloquiums in der Übersicht


Übersicht respiratorischer Viren

Erstnachweisstatistik viraler respiratorischer Infektionserreger

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The Institute of Medical Virology and Epidemiology of Viral Diseases offers a broad spectrum of DAKKS-certified ISO 15180 diagnostic procedures for the laboratory diagnosis of all relevant viral infections.

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Referring physicians

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The Institute's research focuses on basic research in the fields of HPV, HIV, HCV, SARS-CoV-2 and CMV, clinical virology, and epidemiological research.

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As part of the education of students of Human Medicine, Dentistry, Molecular Medicine, as well as Biology and Biochemistry, various lectures, practical courses, internships and seminars are offered in the subject of Medical Virology.

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The primary goal of the association is to promote the field of Medical Virology with the areas of research, diagnostics, further education and teaching.

In particular, the promotion of laboratory work and the scientific exchange of experience in the fields of Medical and Molecular Virology shall be encouraged.

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