Portrait Roberto Speck

Roberto Speck
Prof. Dr. med.

Attending Physician with extended responsibilites, Department of Infectious Diseases and Hospital Epidemiology


  • Viral diseases (HIV, EBV, CMV, JC, Covid19, etc.)
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Antimicrobial therapies


Tel. +41 44 255 33 22

Other competencies

  • Diagnosis and treatment of Clostridium difficile associated diarrhea (stool transplant).
  • Anti-infective therapies in immunocompromised patients.
  • Tuberculosis


2009 Professor
2003 Private lecturer
2000 Attending Physician, Department of Infectious Diseases and Hospital Epidemiology, University Hospital Zurich (USZ)
2000 Specialist (FMH) Infectiology
1997 Specialist (FMH) Internal Medicine
1996 – 1999 Post-doctoral researcher and research associate
Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology, San Francisco General Hospital, UCSF, USA
1993 – 1995 Resident in Internal Medicine/Infectiology, University Hospital Lausanne (CHUV)
1991 – 1992 Resident at the Medical Polyclinic, Inselspital Bern
1988 – 1990 Resident at the Institute of Clinical Pharmacology, University of Bern
1987 Doctor of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine Bern
1987 State Examination Medicine University of Bern

Most important memberships

  • Swiss HIV Cohort Study
  • Swiss Society of Infectiology, Board Member (SGINF)
  • Swiss Society of General Internal Medicine (SGAIM)
  • Association of Swiss Physicians (FMH)

Research focus

  • New therapeutic approaches for curing HIV, in particular gene therapy approaches, bi-specific antibodies, immunomodulation.
  • Molecular deciphering of the IFN signaling cascade with a focus on USP18.
  • Genetically engineered macrophages for immunotherapy


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since 2018 Editor for the journal Medical Microbiology and Immunology
since 2012 Prize Commission of the Society of Infectiology, Chair since 2018.
since 2011 Medication Commission, Medication Steering Group, USZ
since 2010 Scientific Board of the conference “Challenge in Virology Seminar” Switzerland, Chair since 2017
since 2009 Editor for PlosOne magazine
since 2005 Scientific Board of the conference “Day of clinical research, University Hospital of Zurich”.
2004-2016 Founder and Scientific Board member of the Swiss Workshop in Fundamental Virology