Research Group Roberto Speck

Our research initiative in the field of experimental HIV medicine is highly active and focuses primarily on immunotherapy and the development of an HIV‐resistant immune system through gene engineering. We also dedicate ourselves to the genetic modification of monocytes/macrophages for cancer combat. We employ a wide range of in vitro and in vivo methods for these purposes. Our overarching goal is to gain a profound understanding of HIV pathogenesis and the complex immune network, expand the possibilities of gene manipulation, and simultaneously provide preclinical evidence for the feasibility of future clinical studies.

Professor Dr. Speck’s laboratory is well‐integrated into the research landscape of Zurich and greatly benefits from its unique scientific richness. In particular, we would like to highlight our vibrant international collaborations, where we work with Professor Dr. Oliver Keppler from LMU Munich (Germany), Prof. PhD Benjamin Berkhout and PhD Elena Herrera Carrillo from UMC Amsterdam (Netherlands), PD Dr. Klaus‐Peter Knobeloch from the University of Freiburg (Germany), Prof. Dr. Giuseppe Pantaleo, Dr. Craig Fenwick, and Dr. Yannick Muller from CHUV Lausanne (Switzerland).

Our laboratory receives generous financial support from various foundations, including the Swiss National Foundation, the Swiss Vaccine Institute, and the VonTobel Foundation.


Department of Infectious Diseases and Hospital Epidemiology
Prof. Dr. med. Roberto Speck
University Hospital Zurich
Rämistrasse 100
8091 Zurich

Tel. +41 44 255 37 75


Roberto Speck, Prof. Dr. med.

Attending Physician with extended responsibilites

Tel. +41 44 255 33 22
Specialties: Viral diseases (HIV, EBV, CMV, JC, Covid19, etc.), Sexually transmitted diseases, Antimicrobial therapies

Simon Bredl

Research Assistant

Tel. +41 44 255 91 90

Doris Russenberger

Laboratory Technician

Tel. +41 44 255 21 84

Nicole Patrizia Kadzioch, Dr. sc. nat.

Postdoctoral researcher, Department of Infectious Diseases and Hospital Epidemiology

Tel. +41 44 255 92 39

Luca Baroncini, Dr. sc. nat.


Tel. +41 44 255 33 67

Edoardo Sarti

Phd Student

Tel. +41 43 253 14 44

Moa Hasler

Phd Student

Tel. +41 44 255 40 43

Laura Ihm

Phd Student

Tel. +41 43 253 14 44

Rebekka Wolfensberger


Tel. +41 44 255 17 26

Cédric Dollé

PhD student, Department of Infectious Diseases and Hospital Epidemiology

Tel. +41 44 255 92 38