New Junior Research Group "Systems Arbovirology" at the Heinrich Pette Institute

Dr. Pietro Scaturro (©photo: private)
Dr. Pietro Scaturro (©photo: private)

Hamburg. The Junior Research Group "Systems Arbovirology" headed by Dr. Pietro Scaturro will start its work at HPI on May 1, 2020.

The independent HPI Junior Research Groups give young scientists the opportunity to address current issues in virology. As of May 1, 2020, Dr. Pietro Scaturro and his new Junior Research Group "Systems Arbovirology" will start their research at the HPI, expanding the spectrum of viruses studied at the institute.

With his research, Dr. Pietro Scaturro concentrates on the molecular biology of arboviruses, with a special focus on virus-host interactions in flavivirus infections. Arboviruses are viruses that are transmitted by arthropods such as mosquitoes, sand flies or ticks. These include Dengue and Zika viruses, on which Scaturro has already conducted extensive research in the past.

At the HPI, his research team will now focus on the question of how pathogenic arboviruses manipulate their host for their own benefit. "The overall goal of my laboratory will be to better understand the molecular basis of arboviral pathogenesis studying how these viruses manipulates their hosts and hence, to identify new antiviral therapeutic approaches", explains Dr. Pietro Scaturro.

Scaturro is happy to be doing research at the HPI: "I believe that the Heinrich Pette Institute is an ideal research environment for me and my Junior Research Group: The mission of the institute, the existing infrastructure and the broad expertise in the field of virus research of the different research groups will certainly contribute positively to my research and provide us with an excellent scientific environment."

"We're happy to welcome Pietro Scaturro to our institute. His research approach creates a clear added value that will further strengthen the research profile of the HPI", says Prof. Thomas Dobner, Scientific Director of the HPI.


Dr. Pietro Scaturro

Dr. Pietro Scaturro was born in 1985 in Palermo (Italy). After a bachelor's degree in Biotechnology and a master's degree in Molecular Biotechnology, he received his doctorate in Molecular Virology from the University of Heidelberg in 2015.

From 2015 to 2018, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Munich-Martinsried in the department "Proteomics and Signal Transduction" headed by Prof. Matthias Mann. Since 2018 he has been working as a senior scientist at the Technical University of Munich, in the group "Immunopathology of Virus infections", headed by Prof. Andreas Pichlmair.



Dr. Franziska Ahnert

Heinrich Pette Institute, Leibniz Institute for Experimental Virology,