Prof. Dr. Dirk Grimm

Laboratory of Virus-Host Interactions
Department of Infectious Diseases, Virology
Heidelberg University
69120 Heidelberg, Germany

Phone: +49 6221-54 51331


Adeno-associated viral (AAV) gene transfer vectors, interactions of pathogens (viruses and parasites) with human host cells, RNA interference (RNAi) mechanisms and role in viral and parasital disease, in vitro and in vivo RNAi screens for gene and miRNA annotation, gene/Genome Engineering Technologies including CRISPR, development of new AAV/RNAi/CRISPR-based clinical modalities to treat and prevent human infections, characterization of circulating miRNAs as novel biomarkers for infection, use of AAV/RNAi technologies to create and modify human induced pluripotent stem cells, therapeutic in vivo reprogramming of somatic cells in adult organisms.


2020 “Outstanding Achievement” Award by Netherlands Society of Gene & Cell Therapy (NVGCT)
2017 Research Award from Deutsche Duchenne-Stiftung
2015 “Outstanding New Investigator” Award by American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy (ASGCT)
2014 Bonus from program “Spitzenpublikationen” (engl. Top publications) by Heidelberg University Hospital
2010 Gold medal at iGEM student contest
2007 3rd place amongst ‘Top 13 Medicine Stories 2006’ in Discover magazine
2004 – 2007 Travel awards by American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy
2006 Plenary talk at Presidential Symposium of 2006 ASGT meeting
1998 Summa cum laude (PhD ‘with highest honor’)
1995-1998 PhD student grant from Progen Biotechnik GmbH, Heidelberg