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C.M.H. (Cora) Holicki

Postdoctoral Researcher

  • Department
  • Viroscience
  • Focus area
  • Infectious diseases, One Health, arboviruses, surveillance of hosts and vectors, serology, pathogenesis, in vitro/in vivo assays
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Cora M. Holicki (1992) obtained her PhD 2020 at the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Germany, where her research focused on detecting susceptible vectors and avian hosts for the newly-emerging zoonotic viruses West Nile virus (WNV) and Usutu virus (USUV).

Her subsequent work involved understanding co-infections with WNV and USUV in vectors and birds in addition to implementing innovative molecular and serological diagnostic tools for the surveillance of zoonotic viruses.

At the EMC she is currently working on developing and implementing serological assays to understand the epidemiology and spread of viruses in human and animal populations.

Field(s) of expertise

1. Implementation of molecular and serological assays in a One Health approach to monitor arboviruses

2. Application of in vitro and in vivo assays to understand viral pathogenesis in susceptible vectors and hosts

Education and career

2016: State examination in veterinary medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Leipzig, Germany

2020: Graduated summa cum laude, Doctoral degree in Veterinary Medicine, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Germany

2020 – 2023: Postdoctoral Researcher, Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Federal Research Institute for Animal Health, Isle of Riems, Germany

2023 – present: Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Viroscience, Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands


Link to Cora’s list of publications

A selection:

Teaching activities

Supervision of students in addition to technicians.

Organization of summer courses for students.

Scholarships, grants, and awards

Award for an outstanding doctoral thesis from the Society of Friends of the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut