Institute's mission

The LIV investigates the biology of viruses that cause disease in humans. Our goal is to decipher the molecular mechanisms of viral life cycles and disease development in order to find new targets and therapies for viral diseases.

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November 2023: Feature

Head of the department Virus Immunology Prof. Dr. Marcus Altfeld explained in an interview with Bayrischer Rundfunk on November 7 that the "man's cold" is not just a myth. He has found an answer in the genes.

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September 2023: Lecture

"Which came first, the virus or the cell?" - Professor Félix A. Rey from the Institut Pasteur in Paris on September 14 as part of the Leibniz Virology Lecture.

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April 2023: Corona

Hamburg surveillance platform for analysis of Corona variants is terminated.

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May 2022: Renaming

The former Heinrich Pette Institute was renamed Leibniz Institute of Virology.

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October 6, 2023: LIV Career Day 2023

Friday, 06. October 2023

Career opportunities for our young scientists

September 14, 2023: Leibniz Virology Lecture 2023

First guest of honor after Corona break and renaming of the institute


SPIDoc’s - The next generation MS SPIDoc’s

New doctoral network funded within the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Novel therapeutic approach against severe COVID-19 in males

Monday, 14. August 2023

Enzyme in hormone metabolism identified as a potential therapeutic target


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