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Institute of Virology

Prof. Dr. med. Ulf Dittmer


Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Ulf Dittmer




Katrin Palupsky


+49 (0) 201-723-35 50


+49 (0) 201-723-68 50



Deputy Director:

Prof. Dr. med. Sebastian Voigt



The Institute for Virology offers a comprehensive range of diagnostic tests for viral infections. It services not only Essen University Hospital but also numerous other institutes supplying samples by mail.


Focus areas

  • Reactivation of viral infections under immune suppression (e.g., following organ and bone marrow transplants)
  • Viral hepatitis (hepatitis A, B, C, and D)
  • Respiratory infection and rabies

Another important field involves consultations on diagnostics, epidemiology and prevention of infections.

The Institute supplies reference viral strains for the evaluation of typing methods on a molecular basis (HCV genotyping panel). A more detailed characterization of HCV isolates is provided by the German National Reference Center for Hepatitis C.


Special consultations

Vaccination counseling for travelers by prior appointment: Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.


Fields of Research

Pathogenesis and prevention of viral hepatitis and retroviral infections:

  • Development of therapeutic vaccines for chronic hepatitis B and C
  • Elucidation of basic mechanisms of immune response in retroviral infections



The Institute employs 7 scientists including 5 physicians (2 laboratory medicine specialists, 1 specialist each in microbiology, virology, infection epidemiology).

Advanced specialized medical expertise at the Institute is in laboratory medicine, microbiology, virology, infection epidemiology, clinical chemistry, molecular biology, and immunology.