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Department of  Retroviruses

Head of department: Mária Mezei  PhD

Personnel of the department:

  • 5 (micro)biologists ,1 medical doctor (Ph.D. graduates: 2 persons)
  • 4 laboratory technicians


The  National Reference Laboratory for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV-NRL) deals with:

1. Confirmation of HIV reactive or indeterminate serum samples prescreened by the HIV-screening laboratories in Hungary (HIV Confirmatory Laboratory).

2. Determination of HIV-1 RNA copy number in plasma samples of HIV infected persons, or persons with an indeterminate HIV serology.

3. Prediction of antiretroviral drug resistance by sequencing of HIV-1 reverse transcriptase and protease coding regions

4. Isolation and characterization of HIV strains prevalent in Hungary.

5. Preservation of prototype HIV strains and their host cells.

6. Examination of antiretroviral compounds including plant derived materials

(The plant materials are isolated in Institute of Pharmacognosy, University of Szeged.)


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