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

Research focus

Research Section Molecular Virology

  • Immune evasion mechanisms and cell biology of chronic and emerging infections such as HIV, HCMV, flaviviruses and filoviruses
  • HIV-induced generalized immune activation
  • virus morphogenesis; release of hepatitis C virus particles
  • Translational research projects from our basic research

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Human papillomaviruses

  • Identification of high-risk and low-risk HPV types for the development of skin carcinomas
  • Determination of concordance between HPV-DNA detection or cytological PAP smear and the presence of cervical precancerous lesions by colposcopic control
  • Evaluation of the Long-Term Predictive Value of HPV Testing

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  • Postnatal HCMV infection ( breast milk, newborn infections )
  • Congenital HCMV infection ( National Consiliary Laboratory, RKI since 10 years )
  • Antivirals and antiviral resistance ( HSV, HCMV )

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Innate antiviral immunity

  • Identification and characterization of cellular antiviral proteins
  • Immune evasion mechanisms of retro- and coronaviruses
  • Coevolution of (zoonotic) viral pathogens with their respective host
  • Role of endogenous retroviruses in the antiviral immune response

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