Prof. Dr. Thomas Krey participates in RESIST research projects B10 and D1.

My Research Interest in RESIST

Our research focus in RESIST is the development and validation of a prophylactic Hepatitis C virus (HCV) vaccine based on the induction of potent broadly neutralizing antibodies (bnAbs) targeting the HCV glycoproteins. Such a vaccine will successfully complement the available treatment options and facilitate global control of HCV. Following this research strategy, we build on our longterm experience with the structural characterization of neutralization epitopes within the HCV glycoproteins. In collaboration with RESIST partner Thomas Pietschmann we will set out to characterize the evolution of bnAbs in vivo, the epitopes they target and the maturation pathways that B cells undergo to produce them. We also intend to utilize the accumulating structural information on HCV neutralization epitopes by applying novel structure-based approaches to create highly immunogenic vaccine antigens that elicit a protective humoral immune response against HCV. 

In addition, together with RESIST partners Sodeik, Gr√ľnewald and Messerle we focus on the assembly of infectious Herpesvirus particles. We aim to better understand key mechanisms that drive Herpesvirus assembly in order to identify new protein-protein interfaces that are essential for virion assembly, and hence, might provide prime candidates for antiviral intervention.¬†

Prof. Krey in the University of L√ľbeck

Prof. Dr. Thomas Krey – Curriculum Vitae

Current Position

  • Since 4/2020 Full (W3) Professor of Biochemistry and Director of the Institute of Biochemistry, University of L√ľbeck, Germany

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Training

  • 1994 – 2000 Veterinary School in Giessen

  • 2000 – 2004 Doctorate (Dr. vet. med.; Supervisor Prof. Dr. vet. med. T. R√ľmenapf), Giessen¬†

  • 2006 Certificate of Completed Specialist Training in Veterinarian Microbiology (‚ÄúFachtierarzt f√ľr Mikrobiologie‚ÄĚ)

  • 2013 „Habilitation √† Diriger des Recherches (HDR)“, University Paris-Descartes¬†

Academic and Research Posts

  • 2004 – 2006 Research Associate, Institute of Virology, JLU Giessen, Germany

  • 2006 – 2009 Research Associate, Structural Virology Unit, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France

  • 2010 – 2014 „Charg√© de Recherche“ – permanent staff scientist, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France¬†

  • 2015 „Chef de groupe“, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France

  • 2015 – 2019 Associate (W2) Professor of Structural Virology, Institute of Virology, MHH

  • Since 4/2020 Full (W3) Professor of Biochemistry and Director, Institute of Biochemistry, University of L√ľbeck, Germany¬†

Other Scientific Roles

  • Since 2017 Member of the Editorial Board „Journal of Virology“, Guest Editor „PLoS Pathogens“ and „Current Opinion in Virology“

Awards and Prizes

  • 2004 Merial-Promotionspreis 2004 for thesis

  • 2004 Scholarship of the „Foundation of the married couple Dr. med. vet. Hans-Joachim and¬†Gertrud Engemann‚Ä̬†

  • 2006 Roux Fellowship (awarded by the Institut Pasteur)

  • 2007 Marie-Curie-Intra-European Fellowship

Recommended Links

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10 Selected Publications (of > 40 original publications)

Fedry J, Forcina J, Legrand P, Pehau-Arnaudet G, Haouz A, Johnson M*, Rey FA*, Krey T*. 2018. Evolutionary diversification of the HAP2 membrane insertion motifs to drive gamete fusion across eukaryotes. PLoS biology 16:e2006357. (M.J., F.A.R. and T.K. contributed equally to this work) 

Ströh LJ, Nagarathinam K, Krey T. 2018. Conformational Flexibility in the CD81-Binding Site of the Hepatitis C Virus Glycoprotein E2. Frontiers in immunology 9:1396. 

Vasiliauskaite I, Owsianka AM, England P, Khan AG, Cole S, Bankwitz D, Foung SKH, Pietschmann T, Marcotrigiano J, Rey FA, Patel AH*, Krey T*. 2017. Conformational Flexibility in the Immunoglobulin-Like Domain of the Hepatitis C Virus Glycoprotein E2. mBio 8:e00382-00317. (A.H.P. and T.K. contributed equally to this work) 

Fedry J, Liu Y, Pehau-Arnaudet G, Pei J, Li W, Tortorici MA, Traincard F, Meola A, Bricogne G, Grishin NV, Snell WJ*, Rey FA*, Krey T*. 2017. The Ancient Gamete Fusogen HAP2 Is a Eukaryotic Class II Fusion Protein. Cell 168:904-915.e910. (W.J.S., F.A.R. and T.K. contributed equally to this work) 

Meola A, Tarr AW, England P, Meredith LW, McClure CP, Foung SKH, Mckeating JA, Ball JK, Rey FA and T. Krey. 2014. Structural Flexibility of a Conserved Broadly Neutralizing Epitope in Hepatitis C Virus Glycoprotein E2. Journal of Virology 89:2170-2181. 

Perez-Vargas, J*., T. Krey*, C. Valansi, O. Avinoam, A. Haouz, M. Jamin, H. Raveh-Barak, B. Podbilewicz, and F. A. Rey. 2014. Structural basis of eukaryotic cell-cell fusion. Cell. 157:407-419. (J. P.-V. and T.K. contributed equally to this work) 

Tarr, A. W., P. Lafaye, L. Meredith, L. Damier-Piolle, R. A. Urbanowicz, A. Meola, J.-L. Jestin, R. J. P. Brown, J. A. Mckeating, F. A. Rey, J. K. Ball, and T. Krey. 2013. An alpaca nanobody inhibits hepatitis C virus entry and cell-to-cell transmission. Hepatology 58:932-939. 

Krey, T., A. Meola, Z.-Y. Keck, L. Damier-Piolle, S. K. H. Foung, and F. A. Rey. 2013. Structural basis of HCV neutralization by human monoclonal antibodies resistant to viral neutralization escape. PLoS pathogens 9:e1003364. 

Krey, T., F. Bontems, C. Vonrhein, M. C. Vaney, G. Bricogne, T. Rumenapf, and F. A. Rey. 2012. Crystal Structure of the Pestivirus Envelope Glycoprotein E(rns) and Mechanistic Analysis of Its Ribonuclease Activity. Structure 20:862-73 

Gilmartin, A. A., B. Lamp, T. Rumenapf, M. A. A. Persson, F. A. Rey, and T. Krey. 2011. High-level secretion of recombinant monomeric murine and human single-chain Fv antibodies from Drosophila S2 cells. Protein Eng Des Sel:1-8. 


  Prof. Dr. Thomas Krey
¬† Institut f√ľr Biochemie, Universit√§t L√ľbeck
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