Universitäts Klinikum Bonn (UKB)

The UKB is a University teaching hospital with approximately 1,200 beds and several outpatient clinics. The Institute of Virology provides diagnostic service to UKB, covering all human viruses and producing over 80,000 diagnostic records annually. The Institute of Virology has major expertise in the investigation of emerging pathogens. The Institute of Virology contains BSL-2 and BSL-3 laboratory space. BSL-3 installations include an animal facility for experiments with mice, hamsters and guinea pigs and an insect barrier. Platforms for Sanger sequencing and next generation sequencing (MiSeq) are available.

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Key publications

  • Drexler JF, et al. Bats host major mammalian paramyxoviruses. Nat Commun. 2012;3:796.
  • Drexler JF, et al. Evidence for novel hepaciviruses in rodents. PLoS Pathog. 2013;9(6):e1003438.
  • Drexler JF, et al. Bats carry pathogenic hepadnaviruses antigenically related to hepatitis B virus and capable of infecting human hepatocytes. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013 Oct 1;110(40):16151-6.
  • Drexler JF, et al. Evolutionary origins of hepatitis A virus in small mammals. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2015 Dec 8;112(49):15190-5.
  • Drexler JF, et al. Robustness against serum neutralization of a poliovirus type 1 from a lethal epidemic of poliomyelitis in the Republic of Congo in 2010. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2014 Sep 2;111(35):12889-94.

Staff involved in HONOURs

Prof dr. Jan Felix Drexler, MD


Prof dr. Jan Felix Drexler, MD (WP5-Leader) is an expert in virus discovery, PCR diagnostics, and viral ecology. Jan Felix Drexler will supervise ESR-4.


Host switching pathogens, infectious outbreaks and zoonosis; a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network.

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 721367.