Dr. rer. physiol.

Ottmar Herchenröder

Virologist
herchen@med.uni-rostock.de
(+49) 381 494-4944

About me

As a virologist by training, I am interested in combatting transmissible diseases as well as conditions such as cancer and cardiac failure. Early on, I concentrated on the pathogenesis after infections with HIV or other retroviruses. To understand disease development, it is vital to uncover the interplay between physiologically relevant organs, tissues and cells with factors that provoke illness. Be it an intruding pathogen such as a virus or an aberrant mutation in a cell causing malfunction or eventually leading to cancer, uncovering the molecular mechanisms underlying adverse medical conditions is the first step towards cure. Therefore, I develop experimental procedures for instance virus-derived vectors as tools for basic research and possibly, future application in patients. My lectures and courses in Virology, Molecular Medicine and Didactics for Vocational Preparationfocus on in-depth provision of knowledge and skills to make students fit for a career in biology, biotechnology or medicine. For me, IEGT with its interdisciplinary and multilingual staff is the right place to successfully achieve my research and educational goals.

Curriculum Vitae

2010-present
Senior Scientist at IEGT, University Medicine Rostock
2003-2010
Virology Diagnostics Lab, Dept. of Virology, University Medicine Rostock
1999-2003
Head of the Virology Research lab at Technical University of Dresden
1996-1999
Research Fellow at the Heinrich-Pette-Institute Hamburg
1993-1996
Postdoc at University of Freiburg
1991-1993
Postdoctoral Fellow at University of California Davis, CA, USA
1986-1990
PhD thesis at the German Primate Center, Göttingen
1985
Diploma Thesis at the Weizmann-Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel
1980-1985
Human Biology at University of Marburg

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