The Institute of Medical Virology (IMV) is part of the medical faculty of the University of Zurich.  Our institute comprises diagnostic and research laboratories and educates students of medicine and biology.

Main research topics:

  • Human pathogenic viruses
  • Viral pathogenesis
  • New antiviral therapies
  • Molecular diagnostics
  • Clinical virology

Details on our research groups can be found here.


We offer courses in virology to students of medicine and biological sciences at the University of Zurich and the Swiss Federal Institute of Science Zurich.


Our diagnostics department offers a wide range of diagnostic tests for clinically relevant human viruses. In addition our institute hosts the National Center of Retrovirology.