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COVID-19 research

New study identifies mechanism of immune evasion of SARS-CoV-2 and variants. Findings could lead to new therapies against COVID-19.


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New junior research group leader position

Do you have experience as a postdoctoral researcher with a proven track record in experimental virology and want to focus on human pathogenic viruses?


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Science City Day 2024

At the Science City Hamburg Bahrenfeld open day on June 1, 2024, you can get to know the world of viruses, among other things, with various hands-on activities and a science slam.


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New Leibniz Lab

The Leibniz Lab “Pandemic Preparedness: One Health, One Future” connects excellent inter- and transdisciplinary research in preparation for the next pandemic.


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Our research

We are studying viruses that cause disease in humans with the aim of finding new targets and therapies for viral diseases.


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We are also taking part and, together with around 500 companies, foundations and associations, are setting an example against right-wing extremism and committing ourselves to freedom, diversity and a welcoming culture! 


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Career at LIV

At our institute we offer various positions in the scientific and science-supporting field.


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About the
Leibniz Institute
of Virology

The LIV research focuses on human pathogenic viruses with the aim of understanding virus-related diseases and creating new therapeutic approaches. Based on basic experimental research, new approaches are being developed for improved methods of treating viral diseases such as AIDS, influenza and hepatitis, as well as emerging viral infections such as COVID-19. With its research focus, the LIV covers a wide range of the world's most important viral pathogens.

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