Heinrich Pette Institute (HPI)

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Heinrich Pette Institute, Leibniz Institute for Experimental Virology (HPI)


The aim of the HPI is to pave the way for improved therapeutic approaches and diagnostic procedures by conducting basic experimental research. The focus is on viral infections such as AIDS, influenza and hepatitis but also on emerging viral diseases.

Many of the viruses investigated at the HPI are closely associated with the development of tumors in humans and are very useful tools to discover and understand basic cell biological and viral processes. Thus, the potential of the HPI’s basic research in virology reaches far beyond the character of the diseases studied.

The HPI’s scientific investigations are organized into overarching subject areas encompassed by two programs and structured in departments, research groups and junior research groups.

Scientists conduct comprehensive studies of infection processes using the institute’s state-of-the-art technology platforms, such as high-throughput sequencing, bioinformatics, BSL2/BSL3-small animal infection models and sophisticated imaging technology.

“The HPI investigates human pathogenic viruses. The aim of our research is to understand virus-induced diseases and to develop new therapeutic approaches.”

Contact Information:

Martinistraße 52
20251 Hamburg

+49 (0)40 480 51-0