Nachwuchsgruppe Ass.Prof. Dr. Janine Kimpel

Viral vector vaccines

Live-attenuated vaccines have proven to be highly protective and cost-effective. For diseases, for which safe live-attenuated vaccines cannot be generated, e.g. HIV, Malaria, HCV, cancer, viral vector vaccines are a promising alternative. However, viral vector vaccines generally induce neutralizing antibodies to the vector itself and thus loose efficacy upon repeated application. Therefore, viral vector vaccine regimens usually involve serial administration of different viral vector vaccines and/or combinations with a protein or a DNA vaccine. We have previously described the first viral vector vaccine that does not induce neutralizing antibodies to the viral vector in mouse models, VSV-GP. VSV-GP is the vesicular stomatitis virus pseudotyped with the glycoprotein GP of an arenavirus (LCMV).

We are currently working on the development of VSV-GP based vaccines against infectious disease such as HIV. Additionally, we are interested in understanding the mechanisms of immune responses after immunization with viral vector vaccines.


  • Ass.Prof. Dr.phil.nat. Janine Kimpel - Group Leader
  • Albert Falch, M.Sc. - Technical Assistant
  • Frederik Radvan, M.Sc. - PhD-Student
  • Lydia Riepler, M.Sc. - PhD-Student
  • Verena Pittl, M.Sc. - Technical Assistant
  • Melanie Schmitt, B.Sc. - Masterstudent

Former Members

  • Manuela Lunardon- Technician
  • Alex Deltedesco- Bachelor thesis
  • Tamara Hofer- Bachelor thesis
  • Marina Krismer- Master thesis
  • Sabrina Schneider- Master thesis
  • Christine Gottschalk- Medical diploma thesis
  • Christrian Strießnig- Medical diploma thesis
  • Reinhard Tober- PhD thesis
  • Valentin Schiessendoppler- Technician
  • M.Sc. Anika Bresk - PhD student
  • Manuel Salvatore - Master student
  • Regina Mutzbauer - Master student
  • Laura-Sophie Frommelt - Master student
  • Dr. Sarah Wilmschen - Postdoc
  • Evelyn Peer - Technician
  • Lisa-Maria Raschbichler - Technician

Curriculum Vitae