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Prof. Heribert Hofer

Project C4: Intrinsic and extrinsic determinants of helminth parasite infection in juvenile spotted hyenas: PhD students Susana Ferreira (C4-1), Hanna Prüter (C4 associated 1), Manuela Merling de Chapa (C4 associated 2), Miguel Veiga (C4-2) and Susana Soares (C4-3).

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

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.


Ferreira SCM, Hofer H, Madeira de Carvalho L, East ML. (2019).
Age-specific gastrointestinal parasite shedding in free-ranging cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) on Namibian farmland.
Ecol Evol 9:8783-99. doi: 10.1002/ece3.5431.


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 Feb 20:e1800290. doi: 10.1002/pmic.201800290.


Ferreira SCM*, Torelli F*, Klein S, Fyumagwa R, Hofer H, Seeber F, Karesh WB, East ML. (2019).
High Toxoplasma gondii seroprevalence in free-ranging and captive African carnivores.
Int J Parasitol: Parasites and Wildlife 8:111-7. doi.org/10.1016/j.ijppaw.2018.12.007. *equal contribution


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. *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. doi: 10.1038/srep44837. *equal contribution


Kofer J, Hofer H, Hartmann S. (2017).
Next-Generation Parasitologists: Structured Training Programs Meet Educational Challenges.
Trends Parasitol 33:423–5. doi: 10.1016/j.pt.2017.03.008.

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