Our research focuses on plant viruses, arboviruses and insect viruses, with special interest in virus-host and virus-vector interactions.
Plant viruses form a major threat for crops and ornamentals. Arboviruses are transmitted by insects and cause disease in humans and animals. Insect-infecting viruses are used to control pest insects and as gene vector to produce recombinant proteins for pharmaceuticals and vaccines.
Prototype chikungunya vaccine developed by Wageningen University
Wageningen University, part of Wageningen UR has developed a prototype vaccine against chikungunya in a joint effort with the Erasmus Medical Centre and TI Pharma. This prototype may hopefully lead to the first working vaccine against chikungunya, a geographically strongly expanding viral disease.