Dr Eva Thuenemann

Postdoctoral Scientist Molecules from Nature

In her work, Eva uses plants as biofactories for the production of target proteins.

Her focus is mainly on the structural proteins of viruses which are of medical or veterinary importance, such as Bluetongue virus, Hepatitis B or Zika virus.

When produced by the plant, such proteins can assemble into structures called virus-like particles which resemble the virus but do not contain viral nucleic acid, the information needed to cause an infection.

Such particles are safe to handle and can be used to develop diagnostics, study virus structure, or to make vaccines.