Timm C Harder
Professor, O.I.E, FAO and National Reference Laboratory for Avian Influenza, Friedrich Loeffler Institute
Timm C. Harder graduated in 1989 as a veterinarian from Hannover Veterinary School, Germany. He completed PhD studies on morbilli- and herpesviruses of marine mammals in Hannover in 1990, and at the Department of Virology, Medical Faculty, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands, in 1996. He then took up a position as a molecular infectological diagnostician in the Institute of Medical Microbiology and Virology, Christian-Albrechts University Clinics, Kiel, Germany, from where he received a German habilitation degree and, in 2010, an associate professorship. He is now affiliated with the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institute (FLI, Federal Institute for Animal Health), Isle of Riems, Germany, where he is assigned head of the National Reference Laboratory for Avian Influenza. The laboratory is member of international networks of the O.I.E. and the FAO for research and diagnosis on animal influenza. Research activities of Prof. Harders laboratory comprise the development of improved diagnostic tools, molecular epidemiology and pathogenesis of influenza virus infections of animals with an emphasis on avian hosts (poultry and wild birds).