Verena Schünemann

Portrait Verena Schünemann

Copyright: Corina Steiner

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the zoonotic potential of infectious diseases has gained enormous levels of attention within the modern society. With her ERC Consolidator project "RESERVOIR", Verena Schünemann and her team will trace back past interspecies transmissions between humans and animals, with a new interdisciplinary approach focusing on rodent reservoirs in the past and particularly their connections to plague and leprosy – two diseases that have threatened human societies for centuries. Overall, the "RESERVOIR" projectaims to improve our understanding of the mechanisms of past epidemics and the evolution of re-emerging zoonotic diseases, while also contributing to the public health efforts of present and future disease control. not implemented at University of Vienna