Prof. Heribert Hofer

Project C4: Intrinsic and extrinsic determinants of helminth parasite infection in juvenile spotted hyenas
PhD students: Susana Ferreira (C4-1), Miguel Veiga (C4-2)

Heribert Hofer
Image Credit: Heribert Hofer

Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research

Evolutionary Ecology

Member of the RTG 2046 Steering Group

Research interest:

  • Pathogen-Host Interactions in the Wildlife
  • Adaptations and Immune competence of Host Species
  • Co-evolution of Pathogen and Host

Bredtmann CM, Krücken J, Murugaiyan J, Balard A, Hofer H, Kuzmina TA, von Samson-Himmelstjerna G. (2019)
Concurrent Proteomic Fingerprinting and Molecular Analysis Of Cyathostomins.
Proteomics. 2019 Feb 20:e1800290.
doi: 10.1002/pmic.201800290


Heitlinger E*, Ferreira SCM*, Thierer D, Hofer H, East ML (2017)
The Intestinal Eukaryotic and Bacterial Biome of Spotted Hyenas: The Impact of Social Status and Age on Diversity and Composition; Front Cell Infect Microbiol.; 7: 262.
doi: 10.3389/fcimb.2017.00262, PMCID: PMC5472691
*equal contribution


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. * authors contributed equally to the work.
doi: 10.1038/srep44837., PMID: 28333126


Kofer, J.; Hofer, H.; Hartmann, S. (2017):
Next-Generation Parasitologists: Structured Training Programs Meet Educational Challenges.
Trends in parasitology; 33(6), S. 423–425,
doi: 10.1016/j.pt.2017.03.008

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