Prof Wolfgang Preiser

After studying medicine, Preiser specialised in medical virology in his home town Frankfurt, Germany, and in London. He received his second doctoral degree (Habilitation) in 2005 while working as consultant virologist in Frankfurt. His principal research interests cover three broad themes: diagnosis and monitoring of HIV infection, from antibody testing to resistance genotyping; diagnosis and monitoring of opportunistic viral infections, esp. hepatitis B and cytomegalovirus, in immunocompromised patients; and emerging and potentially zoonotic viral diseases. He served as a temporary advisor to the World Health Organization on SARS in China during 2003 and led the Frankfurt group who, together with colleagues from Hamburg, were among the first to isolate the SARS-associated coronavirus in spring 2003. Since 2005 Wolfgang Preiser has been Professor and Head of the Division of Medical Virology, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Stellenbosch / National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) Tygerberg.