Viral Immunology: Therapies and Vaccines


In the last decades, the mouse model tremendously contributed to the progress of research in immunology. However, it is worth noticing that research in large/unconventional animals has given pivotal information to immunology in general. The need for translational immunological research, the development of new animal models more adapted to the scientific question, and the acquisition of new knowledge in comparative immunology is increasing in importance every year.
The main aim of the group is to provide insights into immunological host-pathogen interactions by studying the immune system of the pigs in the context of natural relevant viral infections, such as Influenza virus (IV) or African swine fever virus (ASFV). Also, pigs will be used as model for celular therapies.
Besides its importance as a zoonotic agent, Swine Influenza Virus (SwIV) is also important for its impact in the pig farming industry. Swine influenza is a relevant porcine respiratory disease, whose importance

Main specialization

Scientific Area:
ERC discipline:
  • LS - LIFE SCIENCES
  • LS6 Immunity and Infection
Industrial Leadership:
  • 4. Biotechnology
  • 4.1. Boosting cutting-edge biotechnologies as future innovation drivers
Societal Challenges:
  • 1. Health, demographic change and wellbeing
  • 1.04. Understanding disease