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Analysis of Model Organisms
Analysis of Infectious Diseases

Analysis of Infectious Diseases

The microbiology unit provides laboratory tests for direct detection of infectious agents as well as indirect tests dependent on antibody detection. In addition molecular techniques are used to characterize virulence and resistance of particular pathogens against antimicrobial drugs.

Detection and characterization of viral agents

Nucleic acids amplification tests (NAAT) for detection of human viral infections including HIV, HBV, HCV, Herpes viruses (HSV, VZV, CMV, EBV, HHV6-8), polyomaviruses, papillomaviruses and others.
Quantification of viral nucleic acids by real time amplification systems
Genotyping of HIV, HBV, HCV and HPV
Genotypic resistance testing for HIV and HBV
Genotypic analysis of HIV-1 tropism

Analysis of bacterial, mycological and parasitic infections

Standard culture of bacteria and fungi
Molecular detection of bacterial pathogens including broad range PCR based on 16S rRNA amplification and sequencing for identification and resistance testing of bacteria difficult to culture.
Phenotypic and molecular characterization of ESBL, MRSA, VRE
Genotyping of Chlamydia trachomatis strains
Detection of parasites including microsporidia and coccidian in various clinical specimens

Multiplex PCR assay for respiratory infections

includes Adenoviruses, Influenzavirus (A and B), Parainfluenzavirus (type 1 and 3), RSV, Rhinovirus, Bocavirus, Metapneumovirus, Bordetella pertussis, Bordetella parapertussis, Chlamydia pneumoniae, Mycoplasma pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae, Moraxella catarrhalis and Streptococcus pneumoniae


Antibody testing for many viral, bacterial and parasite infections including HIV, hepatitis A, B, C, D, E, G, herpes viruses, borrelia, chlamydia, treponema pallidum, yersinia and others

Contact Person

Prof. Martin Aepfelbacher

University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf
Institute of Immunology
Martinistraße 52
D-20246 Hamburg

tel: +49 (0)40 7410-52150
fax: +49 (0)40 7410-54881