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M.R. (Melanie) Rissmann

Postdoctoral Researcher

  • Focus area
  • pathogenesis, coronaviruses, intermediate hosts, reservoir hosts
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Melanie Rissmann (1988) obtained her PhD 2017 at the Friedrich Loeffler Institut, Germany, where she worked on the ecology and prevention of Rift Valley fever virus (RVFV).

Her subsequent work focused on reservoir hosts and maintenance of RVFV in endemic areas. With the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, she applied gained tools and knowledge for initial characterization of SARS-CoV-2.

She is currently focusing on the comparative pathogenesis of coronaviruses in humans and their spread, evolution and transmission in intermediate hosts.

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Education and career

2013-2017: PhD, Friedrich-Loeffler Institut, Federal Research Institute for Animal Health, Isle of Riems, Germany

2017-2020: Postdoctoral Researcher, Friedrich-Loeffler Institut, Federal Research Institute for Animal Health, Isle of Riems, Germany

2021-present: Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Viroscience, Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands


Comparative Pathogenesis of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronaviruses. Annu Rev Pathol 19, 423-451 (2024). Zhang J, et al.

Influence of a chronic Schistosoma mansoni infection on the outcomes of a SARS-CoV-2 infection in the hamster model. J Infect 87, 273-276 (2023). Rissmann M, et al.

Pulmonary lesions following inoculation with the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron BA.1 (B.1.1.529) variant in Syrian golden hamsters. Emerg Microbes Infect 11, 1778-1786 (2022). Rissmann M, et al.

In vitro and in vivo differences in neurovirulence between D614G, Delta And Omicron BA.1 SARS-CoV-2 variants. Acta Neuropathol Commun 10, 124 (2022). Bauer L, et al.

Antigenic cartography of SARS-CoV-2 reveals that Omicron BA.1 and BA.2 are antigenically distinct. Sci Immunol 7, eabq4450 (2022). Mykytyn AZ, et al.

SARS-CoV-2 in fruit bats, ferrets, pigs, and chickens: an experimental transmission study. Lancet Microbe 1, e218-e225 (2020). Schlottau K, et al.

Teaching activities

Supervision of Bachelor and Master students.

Teaching in Infection and Immunity (I&I) Master, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam.