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Dr. Gábor-Árpád Czirják

Participating researcher in projects C1 and C4: Parasites and immune cells in cheetahs and leopards and Intrinsic and extrinsic determinants of helminth parasite infection in juvenile spotted hyenas.

Gabor Czirjak

Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research

Head of Immunology lab, Wildlife diseases

Research interest:

  • Immunology
  • Wildlife diseaes

Krücken J, Czirják GÁ, Ramünke S, Serocki M, Heinricht SK, Melzheimer J, Costa MC, Hofer H, Aschenborn OHK, Barker NA, Capodanno S, Madeira de Carvalho L, von Samson-Himmelstjerna G, East ML, Wachter B. (2021).
Genetic diversity of vector‑borne pathogens in spotted and brown hyenas from Namibia and Tanzania relates to ecological conditions rather than host taxonomy.
Parasit Vectors 14:328. doi: 10.1186/s13071-021-04835-x.


Ferreira SCM, Veiga MM, Hofer H, East ML, Czirják Á. (2021).
Noninvasively measured immune responses reflect current parasite infections in a wild carnivore and are linked to longevity.
Ecol Evol 00:1-15. doi: 10.1002/ece3.7602.


Schares G, Joeres M, Rachel F, Tuschy M, Czirják GÁ, Maksimov P, Conraths FJ, Wachter B. (2021).
Molecular analysis suggests that Namibian cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) are definitive hosts of a so far undescribed Besnoitia species.
Parasit Vectors 14:201. doi: 10.1186/s13071-021-04697-3.


Seltmann A, Schares G, Aschenborn OHK, Heinrich SK, Thalwitzer S, Wachter B*, Czirják GÁ*. (2020).
Species-specific differences in Toxoplasma gondii, Neospora caninum and Besnoitia besnoiti seroprevalence in Namibian wildlife.
Parasit Vectors 13:7. doi: 10.1186/s13071-019-3871-3. *equal contribution.


Seltmann A, Webster F, Martins Ferreira SC, Czirják GÁ*, Wachter B*. (2019).
Age-specific gastrointestinal parasite shedding in free-ranging cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) on Namibian farmland
Parasitol Res 118:851-9. doi: 10.1007/s00436-018-6190-2. *equal contribution.


Costantini D, Czirják GÀ, Melzheimer J, Menges V, Wachter B. (2019).
Sex and species differences of stress markers in sympatric cheetahs and leopards in Namibia.
Comp Biochem Physiol A Mol Integr Physiol 227:8-13. doi: 10.1016/j.cbpa.2018.09.002.


Heinrich SK, Hofer H, Courtiol A, Melzheimer J, Dehnhard M, Czirják GÁ*, Wachter B*. (2017).
Cheetahs have a stronger constitutive innate immunity than leopards.
Sci Rep 7:44837. doi: 10.1038/srep44837. *equal contribution.


Costantini D, Wachter B, Melzheimer J, Czirják GÁ. (2017).
Socioecological and environmental predictors of physiological stress markers in a threatened feline species.
Conserv Physiol 5: cox069. doi:10.1093/conphys/cox069.

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