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Department of Molecular Life Sciences Urs Greber


September 2023

Congratulations to Silvio Hemmi and the team to a fine paper in Human Gene Therapy providing a range of new genetically engineered vectors for the adenovirus field.

August 2023

Farewell to Lucy Fischer who started as a technician in the Greber lab, and then took over the lab management in 2023. All the best to Lucy on her path to continued education.

April 2023

Congratulations to a team of biophysicists / cell biologists / virologists from Madrid and Zurich for elucidating how the adenovirus linchpin protein V stabilizes the virion and decondenses the viral DNA genome. The work informs on mechanisms of DNA nuclear import in disease and therapy.

March 2023

A cordial farewell to Nicole Meili. Nicole was the Greber lab manager for seven years, and has now taken a new appointment in clinical research lab management. We wish Nicole all the best. 

February 2023

A warm welcome to Sara Fernandes. Sara holds an Msc in Biomedical and Molecular Science Research from King’s College London, UK, and a diploma in Biomedical Analytics from the ‘Berufs- und Weiterbildungszentrum für Gesundheits- und Sozialberufe St.Gallen’, Switzerland. Sara is working as a research technician in the lab. 

Januar 2023

A warm welcome to Michael Klingenbrunner. Michael holds an Msc in Molecular Biology from the University of Vienna, Austria. Michael is working as a research technician in the lab.

November 2022

A review article published on SARS-CoV-2 and dysfunction of vascular cells, together with colleagues from the Department of Vascular Surgery, University Hospital Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland.


A warm welcome to a new PhD student, Franziska Tomas joining the Greber lab with a Master Degree of Science in Biology from the University of Freiburg i. Br., Germany.

July 2022

Congratulations to Daniela Policarpo Sequeira to winning the Best Poster / Flash Talk Award at the ‘2nd Swiss Young Microbiologists Symposium’ Zurich, July 8, 2022.

April 2022

We congratulate Alfonso Gomez-Gonzalez for securing the Best Oral Presentation Award at the International Conference ‘Viruses 2022, At the Leading Edge of Virology Research’ April 5-8, held in online format.


December 2021

Two new cell surface receptors for mouse Adenovirus type 1 and 3 identified! Congratulations to Silvio Hemmi and the team for a compelling study.
PLoS Pathogens

August 2021

Congratulations to Otto Haller and an international team from China and Germany uncovering genetic links between the interferon stimulated gene MX1 and suceptibility of humans to avian influenza virus. 

Science 2021, 373: 918-922.  doi: 10.1126/science.abg5953

July 2021

PhD Defense Luca Murer, July 23
Congratulations to Luca - beautiful new insights into the evolution of rhinovirus under chemical pressure

On-chip transporting arresting and characterizing individual nano-objects in biological ionic liquids’: a publication with the Poulikakos laboratory at ETH in the area of applied science and engineering.

Sci Adv. 2021 Jul 2;7(27):eabd8758. doi: 10.1126/sciadv.abd8758. Print 2021 Jul.
PMID: 34215575

May 2021

Congratulations to Anthony Petkidis and Daniela Sequeira for winning two poster prizes at the 14th International Adenovirus meeting in Toledo, Spain, in digital format.

Anthony discussed the concept of infection variability ‘Profiling transcriptomic single-cell heterogeneity in adenovirus-infected cells’, while Daniela presented her data on viral persistence ‘Towards understanding persistent human adenovirus infections’.


Welcome to a new PhD student. Cornelia Bircher joins the Greber lab with an Msc from the University of Bern in Molecular Life Sciences / Biochemistry/Chemical Biology. 


Herpesvirus replication compartments and phase separation of a viral transcription factor: contribution to a study from M. Seyffert and colleagues in the Fraefel lab at UZH.

April 2021


Welcome to a new PhD student in the lab. Alessandro Savi will explore rhinoviruses and coronaviruses, and their infections of human airway cells.

March 2021


A collaboration with the laboratories of Plueckthun (UZH) and Zippelius (U-Basel) provides a versatile platform for the generation and assessment of high capacity gene therapy adenovirus vectors, so called helper-dependent or gutless vectors.

December 2020


A Swiss National Science Foundation grant awarded to the Greber lab (UZH) on Coronavirus, a collaboration with the Turcatti lab (EPFL) and with support from the Thiel lab (U-Bern). Congratulations.

'Anti-CoV: Full-cycle high-throughput infection screen to identify clinical compounds with high repurposing potential against COVID-19'

November 2020


An all atoms molecular dynamics simulation reveals bending of double-stranded RNA at AUAU tracts. Congrats to the UZH team with Maarit and Abhilash and the collaborators at University Autonoma Madrid!

October 2020


Great collaboration with research groups at University of Bristol UK, in particular the Yamauchi lab in the School of Cellular & Molecular Medicine, and the Greber lab at UZH. Congrats!

August 2020


Well done Fanny and colleagues! New publication doi:

June 2020


Fanny Georgi, Defense
19st of June, Fanny successfully defended her PhD. Congratulations Dr. Georgi!

Congratulations to Georgi et al. for their publication. doi:

March 2020


Congratulations to Michael and Dominik for their publication with Lang et al. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-020-15072-8

December 2019


Congratulation to Bauer et al. for their publication.
doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2019.11.064


The FEBS letter Special Issue “Adenoviruses Biology, Disease and Therapy” edited by Urs is published. Fanny’s representation of adenovirus spread makes it on the cover.

October / November 2019


Romain Volle, block course teaching
For our future Masters and PhD`s, Romain gave the lecture and was responsible for the student management at the UZH Virology Bio blocks (Bio322 and Bio 615) in October/November 2019

Romain Volle, LS2 Meeting assessment
Evaluation of application for the “PI of tomorrow” co


Vardan’s manuscript ‘Deep learning of virus infections reveals mechanics of lytic cells’ was published on bioRxiv. Thank you to the co-authors Artur, Fanny, Anthony, Robert, Daniel and Urs!

September 2019


Dominik Olszewski, speaker EMBO
Selected as a speaker, Dominik gave a talk at EMBO Workshop Lipids in Health and Disease in Dresden in September 2019 

August 2019


Anthony Petkidis and Dominik Olszewski, DMLS retreat planning
In August, Anthony and Dominik were responsible for the co-organisation of the scientific retreat of the MIM PhD program in Grindelwald

Michael Bauer, Defense
21st of August, Michael successfully defended his PhD. Congratulations Dr. Bauer!

March 2019


Romain Volle, poster presentation
In March 2019 Romain showed his poster during the retreat at the Comprehensive Cancer Center Zurich.

Romain Volle, talk Virology
Also, Romain gave an oral presentation to the Société Française de Virologie (French Virology Society) in March 2019

Fanny presented her work at the EMBO workshop Visualizing Biological Data in Heidelberg.

February 2019


Dominik Olszewski, speaker of the Flash talk
At the LS2 Meeting in February 2019, Dominik gave a Flash talk.