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Team leader


Prof. Dr. Abel Viejo-Borbolla
Medizinische Hochschule Hannover (Hannover Medical School)
Institute of Virology, OE 5230
Carl-Neuberg-Str. 1
30625 Hannover

Phone +49 (0)511 532 4382  | Departmental Secretary +49 (0)511 532 6736

Laboratory +49 (0)511 532 4314 / 15 | FAX +49 (0)511 532 8736

Email viejo-borbolla.abel[at]


Abel Viejo-Borbolla studied Biology at the “Universidad Autónoma de Madrid”, Spain, where he graduated in 1997 after spending the last year of his BSc degree as an Erasmus Student at The University of Leeds (U.K.). He obtained his PhD from The University of Liverpool (U.K.) in 2002 under the supervision of Thomas F. Schulz (The University of Liverpool) and Eddie Blair (GlaxoSmithKline, UK). The topic of his PhD research was the improvement of targeted retroviral vectors used in gene therapy. Then he moved to the field of herpesviruses, working first with Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus in Thomas Schulz’s lab at Hannover Medical School and then with herpes simplex virus at Antonio Alcami’s lab at the “Centro Nacional de Biotecnología” and at the “Centro de Biología Molecular Severo Ochoa” in Madrid. There he started working with herpes- and poxviral proteins that modulate the immune system. In 2008 he was a visiting scientist in Sergio Lira’s lab at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York (USA) where he generated and characterized transgenic mice expressing viral immunomodulators. In 2013 he joined the Institute of Virology at Hannover Medical School as a Junior Professor in Experimental Virology where he investigates the modulation of the immune and nervous systems by human alphaherpesviruses.

Research Staff


Jürgens, Carina - PhD student

+49(0)511 532 4316 | Juergens.Carina[at]


Kropp, Kai Alexander, Dr. rer. nat. - Postdoctoral Scientist

+49(0)511 532 4382 | Kropp.Kai[at]


Osanyinlusi, Samuel - PhD student

+49(0)511 532 4382 | Osanyinlusi.Samuel[at]


Ritter, Birgit - Research Assistant

+49(0)511 532 4316 | Ritter.Birgit[at]


Srivaratharajan, Sangar - PhD student

+49(0)511 532 4292 | Srivaratharajan.Sangar[at]


Zhu, Shuyong - PhD student

+49(0)511 532 4292 | Zhu.Shuyong[at]



Alumni of the Group

Yu, Pengfei - (2016-2018)

Gonzalez-Motos, Victor - (2013-2017)