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Ana Homann, PhD

Group leader Microfluidic Platforms

VitaFiebach, Dr. Ana

Ana Homann studied Biology at the University of Freiburg focusing on Virology, Cell biology and Biochemistry. She performed her diploma thesis at the Institute for Medical Microbiology and Hygiene at the University Hospital Freiburg, studying the termination of transcription of La Crosse virus. In 2007, she changed position to the Swiss Federal Veterinary Office for the diagnosis and control of highly contagious epizootics (The Institute of Virology and Immunology) in Berne, where she performed her PhD thesis entitled „Inhibition of innate immune responses by classical swine fever virus Npro“. In 2011, Ana Homann joined the Hahn-Schickard team and has been leading several projects for the automation of laboratory processes on centrifugal microfluidic platforms. Since 2016 she is also heading the group Microfluidic Platforms.



List of publications


  • Fiebach AR, Guzylack-Piriou L, Python S, Summerfield A, Ruggli N. „Classical swine fever virus Npro limits type I interferon induction in plasmacytoid dendritic cells by interacting with interferon regulatory factor 7”, J Virol. 2011 Aug; 85(16):8002-11
  • Szymanski MR, Fiebach AR, Tratschin JD, Gut M, Ramanujam VM, Gottipati K, Patel P, Ye M, Ruggli N, Choi KH. „Zinc binding in pestivirus Npro is required for interferon regulatory factor 3 interaction and degradation”, J Mol Biol. 2009 Aug 14; 391(2):438-49
  • Ruggli N, Summerfield A, Fiebach AR, Guzylack-Piriou L, Bauhofer O, Lamm CG, Waltersperger S, Matsuno K, Liu L, Gerber M, Choi KH, Hofmann MA, Sakoda Y, Tratschin JD. „Classical swine fever virus can remain virulent after specific elimination of the interferon regulatory factor 3-degrading function of Npro”, J Virol. 2009 Jan; 83(2):817-29





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