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.

Save the Date: Heinrich Pette Lecture

The next Heinrich Pette Lecture will take place on June 30, 2017. Our guest will be the virologist Charles M. Rice (Rockefeller University).

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Hector Award HIV 2017

Thursday, 15. June 2017

Hector Award honors Prof. Marcus Altfeld and Dr. Angelique Hölzemer for their work on the field of HIV research

Dampened Immunity During Pregnancy Promotes Evolution of More Virulent Flu

Wednesday, 08. March 2017

Pregnancy-related immune adaptation promotes the emergence of highly virulent H1N1 influenza strains in allogenically pregnant mice


June 19, 2017: Renowned Virologist Prof. Charles M. Rice at the Heinrich Pette Lecture 2017

Monday, 19. June 2017

June 19, 2017: The Heinrich Pette Institute, Leibniz Institute for Experimental Virology honors renowned Hepatitis C Expert with Heinrich Pette Lecture 2017

June 15, 2017: Federal Minister of Health Hermann Gröhe visits HPI

Thursday, 15. June 2017

June 15, 2017: The HPI updated the Federal Minister of Health about the institute's research and technologies


heinrich-pette-lecture 2017: New insights into cell-specific innate antiviral immunity

Friday, 30. June 2017 - 11:00

Prof. Charles M. Rice

Rockefeller University, New York, USA

im Ferdinand-Bergen-Auditorium des HPI

Living, Death and Iron Addiction of Human Cytomegalovirus Infected Cells

Thursday, 27. July 2017 - 15:15

Prof. Zhikang Qian

Institut Pasteur of Shanghai, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, China

im Ferdinand-Bergen-Auditorium des HPI