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 Teams

The Heinrich Pette Institute's research teams currently consist of six research departments, one research unit and two independent junior research groups.

For more information visit the RESEARCH Teams.


March 8, 2019: HPI Day of Honor 2019

Friday, 08. March 2019

March 8, 2019: HPI honors PhD and Postdoc Awardees & Mobility Grants

February 4, 2019: Preparing for the next influenza pandemic - Stakeholder conference in London with HPI participation

Monday, 04. February 2019

February 4, 2019: HPI Influenza expert Prof. Gülsah Gabriel presents Keynote Lecture to international stakeholders on pandemic preparedness and response


Infant infections: Development of the immune system in the gut of children

Thursday, 28. February 2019

Immune cells equipped to eliminate cells infected with viruses are present in the guts of children already at birth

Zika virus infection: Clinically inapparent newborns can also suffer from long-term health impairments

Monday, 10. September 2018

Male offspring born to mildly ZIKV-infected mice are at risk of developing neurocognitive disorders in adulthood


Single-cell analysis reveals stochastic regulation of type I IFN production by human plasmacytoid dendritic cells and identifies host-derived environmental cues as amplifier of type I IFN production

Thursday, 28. March 2019 - 09:30

Dr. Jurjen Tel

Eindhoven Unversity of Technoloy, Dept. Biomedical Engineering - Soft Tissue Engineering & Mechanobiology, Institute of Complex Molecular Systems, Eindhoven, The…

Host interactions of O-antigen specific bacteriophages: Linking tailspike glycan recognition to particle opening

Thursday, 09. May 2019 - 09:30

PD Dr. Stefanie Barbirz

Universität Potsdam, Physikalische Biochemie - Institut für Biochemie und
Biologie, Potsdam

im Ferdinand-Bergen-Auditorium des HPI