Virtual Institute on Poverty Related Diseases

14 July 2016

Institute of molecular virology (Germany) has joined the EURIPRED EXTRANET

Prof. Dr. Frank Kirchhoff received his initial training in Biology at the Georg-August-University in Göttingen. Subsequently, he carried out his research for his Diploma thesis at the German Primate Center in Göttingen with Prof. Dr. Hunsmann on the “isolation and characterization of a new HIV-2 clone to examine the negative regulatory factors of chimeras between HIV-2 and the HIV-1 envelope protein.” Thereafter, he received a postdoctoral fellowship from the Federal Ministry for Research and Technology (BMBF) for working with Prof. Dr. Ronald Desrosiers at the NERPRC, Harvard Medical School, Boston. The research topic was “Function of the HIV and SIV nef and env genes.”

From 1994-2001 he was Lab Head of the Department of Virology at the University of Erlangen. In 2001 he joined the Ulm University Medical Center. He started at the Institute of Virology as Associate Professor and founded the Institute of Molecular Virology in 2009. Since then he has been Director of the Institute of Molecular Virology.
Honors: Junior scientist award of the German Primate Center (1990); Fellowship of the AIDS-Research program of the BMBF (1991); Award for AIDS research from the German Society of Infectious Diseases (1995); Thiersch-award of the Medical faculty of the University of Erlangen-NĂĽrnberg (1998), Research Award of the British United
Providential Association (BUPA) Foundation (1999, shared with P. Easterbrook and S. Rowland-Jones, London);

Award for successful collaboration with industrial partners (2001, University of Ulm); German AIDS Award 2003 from the German Society of AIDS Research); AIDS research award of the Heinz-Ansmann Foundation (2006); AIDS research award of the Hector Foundation (2007); Innovation award of the German University Clinics (2007); Merckle research award (2007);  research award of the GlaxoSmithkline Foundation (2008); Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz award of the DFG (2009); Ernst Schering award (2013).