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Research priorities: Molecular biology of animal viruses
Thomas C. Mettenleiter is a molecular biologist and virologist. His main research area is molecular biology and the pathogenesis of animal viruses. In addition to studies on the basic processes of virus-host interaction, he focuses on the development of novel vaccines using molecular techniques.
Mettenleiter investigates herpes viruses, in particular herpes viruses of animals. His scientific work on the molecular biology and pathogenesis of animal herpes viruses has made an important contribution to the understanding of the structure, replication, virulence and tropism of herpes viruses as well as to the development of novel vaccines.
His research contributed significantly to the first development of marked vaccines and thus the efficient control and eradication of Aujeszky’s disease in pigs.