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 diseases.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.


January 25, 2018: New insights into clathrin-mediated endocytosis

Thursday, 25. January 2018

January 25, 2018: New paper in journal "Nature Communications" published

January 22, 2018: LCI-Symposium "Structural Biology of Infection"

Monday, 22. January 2018

January 22, 2018: International Symposium of the Leibniz Center Infection had this year's focus on the structure infectious pathogens


January 10, 2018: Spotlight on the Structural Biology of Infection

Wednesday, 10. January 2018

January 10, 2018: International Leibniz Center Infection symposium 2018 with focal point „Structural Biology of Infection“

Exciting activities and interesting talks during the "Nacht des Wissens" at the Heinrich Pette Institute

Thursday, 26. October 2017

The Heinrich Pette Institute, Leibniz Institute for Experimental Virology invites to the public event "Nacht des Wissens" on November 4, 2017 between 5 p.m. and midnight


Replication of HIV and ZIKA virus, and innate immune countermeasures

Thursday, 22. February 2018 - 13:00

Prof. Olivier Schwartz

Director of Virus & Immunity Unit, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France

im Ferdinand-Bergen-Auditorium des HPI

Of insects and mammals: Deciphering molecular mechanisms of arbovirus replication cycles

Thursday, 08. March 2018 - 13:00

Prof. Stefanie Becker

Leibniz Universität Hannover, Tierärztliche Hochschule, Hannover

im Ferdinand-Bergen-Auditorium des HPI