Göttinger Graduiertenschule für Neurowissenschaften, Biophysik und Molekulare Biowissenschaften
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Pöhlmann, Stefan, Prof. Dr.

Professor, Head of the Infection Biology Unit, German Primate Center

  • 2000: Ph.D., Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

  • 2000-2003: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania

  • 2003-2007: Head of a SFB Junior Research Group, Institute of Clinical and Molecular Virology, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg

  • 2007-2010: Professor for Experimental Virology, Hannover Medical School

  • 2010: Professor and Head of the Infection Biology Unit of the German Primate Center

Major Research Interests

The Infection Biology Unit investigates virus host cell interactions with a focus on the first step of the infection process, viral entry into target cells.
Emerging viruses, like the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus, can pose a serious threat to public health. Activation by host cell proteases is essential for infectivity of many emerging viruses. We are elucidating which proteolytic systems are hijacked by emerging corona-, filo-, bunya- and influenza viruses for activation. On the basis of this information we will identify inhibitors and evaluate their antiviral activity in cell culture and animal models. Moreover, we are interested in defining which host cell receptors are used by emerging viruses for cellular entry. Finally, we are investigating how interferon-induced antiviral effector molecules inhibit infection by emerging viruses.
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is the causative agent of the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), a major global health crisis, and constitutes the second research focus of the Infection Biology Unit. We seek to understand how the composition of the glycan coat of the HIV envelope protein modulates viral spread in and between individuals. This question will be addressed by employing simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) infection of macaques as model system for HIV infection of humans.

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Selected Recent Publications

  • Heurich A, Hofmann-Winkler H, Gierer S, Liepold T, Jahn O, Pöhlmann S (2014). TMPRSS2 and ADAM17 Cleave ACE2 Differentially and Only Proteolysis by TMPRSS2 Augments Entry Driven by the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus Spike Protein. J Virol 88:1293-307

  • Hatesuer B, Bertram S, Mehnert N, Bahgat MM, Nelson PS, Pöhlmann S, Schughart K (2013). Tmprss2 is essential for influenza H1N1 virus pathogenesis in mice. PLoS Pathog. 9(12):e1003774

  • Solomon Tsegaye T, Gnirß K, Rahe-Meyer N, Kiene M, Krämer-Kühl A, Behrens G, Münch J, Pöhlmann S (2013) Platelet activation suppresses HIV-1 infection of T cells. Retrovirology 10, 48

  • Hofmann H, Li X, Zhang X, Liu W, Kühl A, Kaup F, Soldan SS, González-Scarano F, Weber F, He X, Pöhlmann S (2013) Severe Fever with Thrombocytopenia Virus Glycoproteins Are Targeted by Neutralizing Antibodies and Can Use DC-SIGN as a Receptor for pH-Dependent Entry into Human and Animal Cell Lines. J Virol 87, 4384-94

  • Kühl A, Münch J, Sauter D, Bertram S, Glowacka I, Steffen I, Specht A, Hofmann H, Schneider H, Behrens G, Pöhlmann S (2010) Calcium-modulating cyclophilin ligand does not restrict retrovirus release. Nat Med 16, 155-6

Pöhlmann, Stefan


Prof. Dr. Stefan Pöhlmann
Deutsches Primatenzentrum
Abt. Infektionsbiologie
Kellnerweg 4
37077 Göttingen

Tel.: +49-(0)551-3851150
Fax: +49-(0)551-3951184
e-mail: spoehlmann@dpz.eu


Emerging Infectious Diseases
Molecular Biology (IMPRS)