Titleimage: Institute of Parasitology

The institute deals with parasitic diseases of domestic and farm animals, and of humans, and is involved in teaching, research and diagnostic services and consulting.

Teaching: The basic education is primarily for veterinary medical students, but also for biology students (phil. nat. faculty). The institute is also involved in the continuing education and training of veterinarians, physicians and biologists / microbiologists.

Research: in terms of research, the institute focusses on the study of pathogenetic processes that occur during parasitic infections, as well as on the development of new therapeutic approaches. The main topics of interest are immunology and chemotherapy of alveolar echinococcosis, protozoans infecting cattle (neosporosis / toxoplasmosis, tritrichomonosis), and giardiasis.

Diagnostic services: We offer diagnostic examinations of specimens obtained from hospitals, private veterinarians and public health offices.

News and Events

PhD half-time Dominic Ritler

We congratulate Dominic Ritler to his successful PhD half-time presentation with the title “Bullets against Echinococcus multilocularis: screening-based drug discovery and omics-based target identification”


PhD half-time Pablo Winzer

We congratulate Pablo Winzer to his successful PhD half-time presentation with the title “Molecular changes of Neosporacaninum treated with Calcium dependent protein kinase 1 inhibitor 1294 and implications on the immune response”


Karl-Enigk doctoral stipend

Congratulations to Dominic Ritler for the doctoral stipend form the Karl-Enigk-Stiftung for his work on “metabolomics host-pathogen interaction studies of the fox tapeworm Echinococcus multilocularis“.


Recombinant vaccine against neosporosis

This study reports on the application of a polyvalent recombinant vaccine formulation, composed of three Neospora antigens that were physically linked to OprI, a bacterial outer membrane protein that acts as a Toll-like receptor 2 (TLR2) ligand. Conjugation to OprI modulates immunity to elicit a balanced Th1/Th2 response, which is not detrimental to pregnancy outcome, and at the same time mediates protection against clinical signs of neosporosis and vertical transmission in offspring mice.


PhD half-time Reto Rufener

We congratulate Reto Rufener to his successful PhD half-time presentation with the title “Echinococcus multilocularis: Studies on drugs and metabolism”



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