Pathogens in the focus of RESIST (click to enlarge!)
RESIST research focuses on certain pathogens: These include RSV, which can cause life-threatening respiratory infections in small children, influenza viruses, which can be particularly harmful to older adults, and Hepatitis B and C viruses (HBV, HCV). The pneumonia-causing bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa are also being studied, as are varicella zoster and herpes simplex viruses (VZV, HSV1), harmful microbial components, cytomegalovirus (HCMV) and kaposi sarcoma herpes virus (KSHV). Since 2020, several projects have also focused on the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.
These pathogenic viruses and bacteria are all important for health care, they are classified with different priorities (ranking according to Balabanova 2011).