Prof. Stephan Gunther

HOD Virology, Bernard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine, Germany

Prof. Stephan Günther (MD) is the Head of Department of Virology, the Biosafety level 4 laboratory, and WHO Collaborating Centre for Arboviruses and Hemorrhagic Fever Reference and Research at the Bernhard-Nocht-Institute for Tropical Medicine in Hamburg, Germany, and adjunct professor at the University of Hamburg.

He studied medicine and specialised in virology, microbiology, and infection epidemiology. Prof. Günther’s research is dedicated to viral hemorrhagic fevers (VHF), including Ebola virus disease, Lassa fever, and Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever. The group established experimental systems for studying Lassa virus replication as well as small animal models to study pathogenesis and immunology of VHF.

The Department of Virology is running several collaborative projects with West African countries, including Nigeria, Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Ghana on VHF in humans and the animal reservoirs. The department is also in charge for diagnostic service for tropical viruses. In Nigeria, the Department is working very closely with the Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital.