The molecular biology of animal and human viruses, with the special emphasis on
flaviviruses and herpesviruses, is the main field of interest of the laboratory.
Viruses belonging to the former group contain single-stranded RNA of positive polarity
as their genetic material and are associated with many threatening disease of humans
and animals (e.g. human hepatitis C virus or porcine classical swine fever virus).
The second group – herpesviruses, is a big family of double-stranded DNA viruses
which includes common human pathogens, e.g. herpes simplex 1 and 2 and varicella
zoster (the latter responsible for two diseases forming its name), and many animal
pathogens which are imporant not only from the economic point of view but also as
model organisms for viral research.
The main field of interest of the laboratory is the application of different expression
systems for the production of viral proteins which can be used as potential vaccines
or constituents of modern diagnostic tests. Apart from using a wide array of classical
methods of molecular biology, the laboratory specializes in expression of foreign
genes in insect cells using baculovirus expression system.
Laboratory of Virus Molecular Biology
Laboratory of Recombinant Vaccines