The institute's mission statement: „The HPI investigates the biology of human pathogenic viruses. It is our aim to unravel the molecular mechanisms that control viral life cycles and virus induced pathogenesis. This research will provide novel targets and therapeutic approaches for established and emerging viral disease.Learn more about the HPI.

Research Units

The Heinrich Pette Institute's research teams currently consist of five research units, two research groups and three independent junior research groups.

For more information visit the RESEARCH Teams.

Leibniz Year 2016

Leibniz Year 2016 -  the 370. birthday and 300. anniversary of death of the polymath Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz: Reason for a Theme Year by the Leibniz Association.


Award honors Ebola research performed by HPI junior group head Dr. Cesar Munoz-Fontela

Wednesday, 23. November 2016

Dr. Cesar Munoz-Fontela from the Heinrich Pette Institute, Leibniz Institute for Experimental Virology receives award by the "Stifterverband Gesellschaft braucht Wissenschaft"

Dr. Jens Bosse receives PostDo Awardby the Robert Koch Foundation

Friday, 04. November 2016

Award for young scientists by the Robert Koch Foundation honors the outstanding work of Dr. Jens Bosse from the Heinrich Pette Institute, Leibniz Institute for Experimental Virology


November 25, 2016: A book about the hiddin life within us: "Wilde Gene" (wild genes)

Friday, 25. November 2016

November 25, 2016: HPI scientist Helga Hofmann-Sieber and her husband and HPI alumni Timo Sieber published popular scientific book about the topic 'genes'

November 10, 2016: Opening of the Nikon Center of Excellence at Heinrich Pette Institute

Thursday, 10. November 2016

November 10, 2016: The Heinrich Pette Institute celebrates the opening of the Nikon Center of Excellence with an Imaging Symposium


Perinuclear Ecology in DNA-Virus Entry // The enigmatic interactions of small DNA viruses with the nuclear envelope barrier

Tuesday, 13. December 2016 - 10:00

Prof. Urs Greber

Institute of Molecular Life Sciences, University of Zürich, Switzerland

Prof. Michael Kann

Laboratoire de Microbiologie Fondamentale et Pathogénicité,…