The main focus is the investigation of the immune response after vaccination and the development of new vaccination strategies. In the FLUTCORE project we develop a novel universal influenza vaccine based on virus-like particles (VLP) carrying invariant influenza antigens. The project is funded by the EU framework Programme 7.

In another project we use a reverse vaccinology approach to develop a vaccine against ticks and tick-borne pathogens. In this context we have recently sequenced the genome of the most important disease vector in Western Europe, the Ixodes ricinus tick.

In a third project we develop an immunoprophylactic strategy against detrimental effects of environmental toxins such as the ubiquitous carcinogen Benzo [A] pyrene. Early mutagenous and DNA damage are measured by highly sensitive NGS-based techniques.

In these studies the immune response is monitored at the level of the variable regions of the T and B cell receptor using multiple parallel sequencing.

Research projects

  • Development of a universal influenza vaccine based on tandem core technology (EU Framework 7 project FLUTCORE)
  • Vaccination against ticks and tick-borne pathogens based on a reverse vaccinology approach
  • Immunoprophylactic strategy against chemical carcinogenesis
  • Molecular signatures of the B cell repertoire in infectious diseases (borreliosis, influenza, measles) and after vaccination (e.g. chemicals, haptens, BaP)

Featured Publications

Characterisation of immunoglobulin repertoires after vaccination in Omnirat and monoclonal CD5+ B cell expansion in A20BKOsCYLDBOE mice using an Ion Torrent PGM high-throughput sequencing platform. (Doctoral thesis)

  • Vaccinology and B Cell Immunology
December 18, 2018
2018 Dec. Trier: University of Trier, 2018.
  • Burckert JP.

High circulation of Hepatitis E virus in pigs and professionals exposed to pigs in Laos.

  • Vaccinology and B Cell Immunology
  • Clinical and Applied Virology
December 01, 2018
2018 Dec. Zoonoses Public Health.65(8):1020-1026. Epub 2018 Aug 27.
  • Khounvisith V
  • Tritz S
  • Khenkha L
  • Phoutana V
  • Keosengthong A
  • Pommasichan S
  • Nouanthong P
  • Hubschen JM
  • Snoeck CJ
  • Reinharz D
  • Muller CP
  • Black AP
  • Pauly M.
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Claude Muller


University of Trier - University of Homburg/Saarland - University of Nancy

29, rue Henri Koch
L-4354 Esch-sur-Alzette
Tel. : +352 26970-621