Uta Reibetanz
Institute for Medical Physics and Biophysics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany

The collaboration with Uta is based on interdisciplinary research questions involving the use of layer-by-layer (LbL) particles as a delivery vesicle for primary cells such as induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). Moreover, the accessibility of iPSCs to LbL particles was contrasted to virus particles to identify general entry restrictions posed by cellular structures. Our recent collaboration was focused on the use of viruses as a surface functionalization of LbL particles. More information on LbL particles can be found at


Judith M. Hübschen and Annette Mankertz
WHO European Regional Reference Laboratory for Measles and Rubella, Department of Infection and Immunity, Luxembourg Institute of Health, Esch-Sur-Alzette, Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg
WHO European and National Reference Centre Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Robert Koch Institute Regional Reference Laboratory for Measles and Rubella, Robert Koch Institute, Berlin, Germany

Judith and Annette have supported my research through the provision of valuable clinical isolates of RV and insights on RV epidemiology. With Annette I have worked on the characterization of human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC) as a cell culture model for RV.


Matthias Jung
Institute for Physiological Chemistry, Medical Faculty of the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, 06114 Halle (Saale), Germany

From Matthias I have learned cultivation of iPSCs and to keep calm during the drawbacks I have encountered in this process. The combination of stem cell biology and congenital virology is challenging, but opens up exciting possibilities.


Violeta Stojanovska
Department of Environmental Immunology, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, 04318 Leipzig, Germany