The Immunology Department is responsible for teaching in Immunology at the Vetsuisse Faculty Bern and consists of four research groups concerned with the interaction of the immune system with infectious agents, especially viruses. We investigate how the immune system responds to infections and why certain viruses cause disease. To this end we use complex cell culture systems, consisting of phagocytes (scavenger cells), antigen-presenting cells (dendritic cells), epithelial cells and stem cells. Where possible, we use the resulting knowledge in the development of novel vaccines.
The diseases studied at present are foot-and-mouth disease, classical swine fever, porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome, influenza, diseases of small ruminants caused by lentiviruses, and enzootic pneumonia in pigs. In Immunology we also have a focus on zoonoses caused by flaviviruses such as Japanese encephalitis virus and Zika virus.
Last modification 03.05.2021