Seitzer Ulrike

Prof. Ulrike Seitzer received her Diploma in Biology from the Georg-August-University Göttingen, 1987, Germany; 1995 PhD Graduation at the University of Lübeck, Germany and 2006 apl. Professor for immunology and cell biology at the University of Lübeck, Germany. Dr. Seitzer has a long experience with the immunology and molecular biology of different diseases among them infectious diseases. She has published more than 45 papers in different journals. She has an enormous technical and scientific knowledge in immunology, molecular biology, protein chemistry and clinical investigations. Currently she is senior scientist at the Division of Veterinary Infectiology and Immunology and leading a research group in charge of establishing molecular tools for pathogen detection and differentiation.


  1.  Abdo J, Kristersson T, Seitzer U, Renneker S, Merza M, Ahmed J. Development and laboratory evaluation of a lateral flow device (LFD) for the serodiagnosis of Theileria annulata infection. Parasitol Res. 2010 Oct;107(5):1241-8. Epub 2010, Aug 3. PubMed PMID: 20680339.
  2. Müller H, Aysul N, Liu Z, Salih DA, Karagenc T, Beyer D, Kullmann B, Ahmed JS, Seitzer U. Development of a loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) assay for rapid diagnosis of Babesia canis infections. Transbound Emerg Dis. 2010, Apr;57(1-2):63-5. PubMed PMID: 20537107.
  3. Salih DA, El Hussein AR, Ahmed J, Seitzer U. Comparison between reverse line blot and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay in diagnosis of major tick-borne diseases of cattle in Southern Sudan. Transbound Emerg Dis. 2010, Apr;57(1-2):61-2. PubMed PMID: 20537106.
  4. Ahmed JS, Sparagano O, Seitzer U. One health, one medicine: tackling the challenge of emerging diseases. Transbound Emerg Dis. 2010 Apr;57(1-2):1-2. PubMed PMID: 20537090.
  5. Abdo J, Liu Z, Yin H, Kullmann B, Ahmed JS, Seitzer U. Identification of clone-9 antigenic protein of Theileria uilenbergi and evaluation of its application for serodiagnosis. Parasitol Res. 2010 Aug;107(3):517-24. Epub 2010 Apr 27. PubMed PMID: 20422216.
  6. Haller D, Mackiewicz M, Gerber S, Beyer D, Kullmann B, Schneider I, Ahmed JS, Seitzer U. Cytoplasmic sequestration of p53 promotes survival in leukocytes transformed by Theileria. Oncogene. 2010 May 27;29(21):3079-86. Epub 2010 Mar 8. PubMed PMID: 20208567.
  7. Seitzer U, Gerber S, Beyer D, Dobschanski J, Kullmann B, Haller D, Ahmed JS. Schizonts of Theileria annulata interact with the microtubuli network of their host cell via the membrane protein TaSP. Parasitol Res. 2010 Apr;106(5):1085-102. Epub 2010 Feb 17. PubMed PMID: 20162433.
  8. Mohammad Al-Saeed AT, Omer LT, Abdo J, Habibi G, Salih DA, Seitzer U, Ahmed J. Epidemiological studies on tropical theileriosis (Theileria annulata infection of cattle) in Kurdistan Region, Iraq. Parasitol Res. 2010 Jan;106(2):403-7. Epub 2009 Nov 13. PubMed PMID: 19911197.
  9. Liu Z, Wang Z, Yin H, Luo J, Zhang B, Kullmann B, Abdo J, Salih D, Ahmed J, Seitzer U. Identification of Theileria uilenbergi immunodominant protein for development of an indirect ELISA for diagnosis of ovine theileriosis. Int J Parasitol. 2010 Apr;40(5):591-8. Epub 2009 Nov 10. PubMed PMID: 19900458.
  10. Renneker S, Abdo J, Ahmed JS, Seitzer U. Field validation of a competitive ELISA for detection of Theileria annulata infection. Parasitol Res. 2009 Dec;106(1):47-53. Epub 2009 Sep 16. PubMed PMID: 19756741.
  11. Ahmed J, Bouloy M, Ergonul O, Fooks A, Paweska J, Chevalier V, Drosten C, Moormann R, Tordo N, Vatansever Z, Calistri P, Estrada-Pena A, Mirazimi A, Unger H, Yin H, Seitzer U. International network for capacity building for the control of emerging viral vector-borne zoonotic diseases: ARBO-ZOONET. Euro Surveill. 2009 Mar 26;14(12). pii: 19160. PubMed PMID: 19341603.
  12. Seitzer U, Ahmed J. Tropical theileriosis: cytotoxic T lymphocyte response to vaccination. Vaccine. 2008 Dec 19;26 Suppl 6:G24-8. PubMed PMID: 19178889.
  13. Ali AM, Beyer D, Bakheit MA, Kullmann B, Salih DA, Ahmed JS, Seitzer U. Influence of subculturing on gene expression in a Theileria lestoquardi-infected cell line. Vaccine. 2008 Dec 19;26 Suppl 6:G17-23. PubMed PMID: 19178888.
  14. Seitzer U, Ahmed J. Attenuated vaccines for animal diseases. Vaccine. 2008 Dec 19;26 Suppl 6:G1-3. PubMed PMID: 19178885.
  15. Ali AM, Salih D, Bakheit M, El Hussein AR, Hassan SM, Mukhtar MM, Ahmed JS, Seitzer U. Comparison of the molecular structure of the TaSP gene of Theileria annulata from Sudanese isolates. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2008 Dec;1149:218-20. PubMed PMID: 19120215.
  16. Liu Z, Dang Z, Luo J, Yin H, Ahmed JS, Seitzer U. Small-scale expressed sequence tag analysis of Theileria uilenbergi: identification of a gene family encoding potential antigenic proteins. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2008 Dec;1149:214-7. PubMed PMID: 19120214.
  17. Bakheit MA, Ahmed JS, Seitzer U. Existence of splicing variants in homologues of Theileria lestoquardi clone-5 gene's transcripts in Theileria annulata and Theileria parva. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2008 Dec;1149:212-3. PubMed PMID: 19120213.
  18. Seitzer U, Liu Z, Yin H, Beyer D, Kullmann B, Miranda J, Ahmed JS. Immune response of Theileria sp.-infected sheep to recombinant Theileria proteins. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2008 Dec;1149:186-90. PubMed PMID: 19120207.
  19. Liu Z, Hou J, Bakheit MA, Salih DA, Luo J, Yin H, Ahmed JS, Seitzer U. Development of loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) assay for rapid diagnosis of ovine theileriosis in China. Parasitol Res. 2008 Nov;103(6):1407-12. Epub 2008 Aug 27. PubMed PMID: 18751728.
  20. Renneker S, Kullmann B, Gerber S, Dobschanski J, Bakheit MA, Geysen D, Shiels B, Tait A, Ahmed JS, Seitzer U. Development of a competitive ELISA for detection of Theileria annulata infection. Transbound Emerg Dis. 2008 Aug;55(5-6):249-56. PubMed PMID: 18666970.
  21. Seitzer U, Beyer D, Kullmann B, Bakheit MA, Ahmed JS. Evaluation of Theileria annulata recombinant immunodominant proteins for the development of ELISA. Transbound Emerg Dis. 2008 Aug;55(5-6):244-8. PubMed PMID: 18666969.
  22. Salih DA, Liu Z, Bakheit MA, Ali AM, El Hussein AM, Unger H, Viljoen G, Seitzer U, Ahmed JS. Development and evaluation of a loop-mediated isothermal amplification method for diagnosis of tropical theileriosis. Transbound Emerg Dis. 2008 Aug;55(5-6):238-43. PubMed PMID: 18666968.
  23. Ahmed JS, Oliva AG, Seitzer U. Animal health: harmonisation and distribution of pathogen detection and differentiation tools. Transbound Emerg Dis. 2008 Aug;55(5-6):187-9. Review. PubMed PMID: 18666960.
  24. Ahmed JS, Glass EJ, Salih DA, Seitzer U. Innate immunity to tropical theileriosis. Innate Immun. 2008 Feb;14(1):5-12. Review. PubMed PMID: 18387915.
  25. Guo S, Mu Y, Liu Z, Ma D, Yang S, Ge G, Fang B, Ga D, Ma M, Luo J, Yin H, Seitzer U, Ahmed JS. Serological investigation of ovine theileriosis by ELISA in Gannan Tibet Region of Gansu Province in China. Parasitol Res. 2007 Sep;101 Suppl 2:S197-200. PubMed PMID: 17823828.
  26. Seitzer U, Bakheit MA, Salih DE, Ali A, Haller D, Yin H, Schnittger L, Ahmed J. From molecule to diagnostic tool: Theileria annulata surface protein TaSP.  Parasitol Res. 2007 Sep;101 Suppl 2:S217-23. Review. PubMed PMID: 17823831.
  27. Ghosh S, Bansal GC, Gupta SC, Ray D, Khan MQ, Irshad H, Shahiduzzaman M, Seitzer U, Ahmed JS. Status of tick distribution in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan. Parasitol Res. 2007 Sep;101 Suppl 2:S207-16. PubMed PMID: 17823830.
  28. Yin H, Schnittger L, Luo J, Seitzer U, Ahmed JS. Ovine theileriosis in China: a new look at an old story. Parasitol Res. 2007 Sep;101 Suppl 2:S191-5. Review. PubMed PMID: 17823827.
  29. Omer LT, Kadir MA, Seitzer U, Ahmed JS. A survey of ticks (Acari:Ixodidae) on cattle, sheep and goats in the Dohuk Governorate, Iraq. Parasitol Res. 2007 Sep;101 Suppl 2:S179-81. PubMed PMID: 17823824.
  30. Ahmed J, Alp H, Aksin M, Seitzer U. Current status of ticks in Asia. Parasitol Res. 2007 Sep;101 Suppl 2:S159-62. PubMed PMID: 17823819.
  31. Ahmed JS, Yin H, Alp H, Ghosh S, Khan MQ, Karagenc T, Shayan P, Seitzer U. The Asian and European collaborative network: the Asian component of the integrated consortium on ticks and tick-borne diseases. Parasitol Res. 2007 Sep;101 Suppl 2:S157-8. PubMed PMID: 17823818.
  32. Moulakakis C, Adam S, Seitzer U, Schromm AB, Leitges M, Stamme C. Surfactant protein A activation of atypical protein kinase C zeta in IkappaB-alpha-dependent anti-inflammatory immune regulation. J Immunol. 2007 Oct  1;179(7):4480-91. PubMed PMID: 17878344.
  33. Bakheit MA, Seitzer U, Mbati PA, Ahmed JS. Serological diagnostic tools for the major tick-borne protozoan diseases of livestock. Parassitologia. 2007 May;49 Suppl 1:53-62. Review. PubMed PMID: 17691608.
  34. Schneider I, Haller D, Kullmann B, Beyer D, Ahmed JS, Seitzer U. Identification, molecular characterization and subcellular localization of a Theileria annulata parasite protein secreted into the host cell cytoplasm. Parasitol Res. 2007 Nov;101(6):1471-82. Epub 2007 Jul 22. PubMed PMID: 17659384.
  35. Salih DA, El Hussein AM, Kyule MN, Zessin KH, Ahmed JS, Seitzer U. Determination of potential risk factors associated with Theileria annulata and Theileria parva infections of cattle in the Sudan. Parasitol Res. 2007 Oct;101(5):1285-8. Epub 2007 Jun 27. PubMed PMID: 17594114.
  36. Salih DA, El Hussein AM, Seitzer U, Ahmed JS. Epidemiological studies on tick-borne diseases of cattle in Central Equatoria State, Southern Sudan. Parasitol Res. 2007 Sep;101(4):1035-44. Epub 2007 May 27. PubMed PMID: 17530477.
  37. Ahmed JS, Luo J, Schnittger L, Seitzer U, Jongejan F, Yin H. Phylogenetic position of small-ruminant infecting piroplasms. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2006 Oct;1081:498-504. PubMed PMID: 17135558.
  38. Seitzer U, Schnittger L, Boguslawski K, Ahmed JS. Investigation of MAP kinase activation in Theileria-infected cell lines. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2006 Oct;1081:473-5. PubMed PMID: 17135553.
  39. Ali AM, Bakheit MA, Mukhtar MM, Hassan SM, Ahmed JS, Seitzer U. Epidemiology of Theileria annulata infection of dairy cattle in the Sudan using molecular techniques. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2006 Oct;1081:471-2. PubMed PMID: 17135552.
  40. Miranda JP, Bakheit M, Schneider I, Haller D, Ahmed JS, Yin H, Oliva AG, Seitzer U. Identification of homologous genes of T. annulata proteins in the genome of Theileria sp. (China). Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2006 Oct;1081:468-70. PubMed PMID: 17135551.
  41. Bakheit M, Scholzen T, Ahmed JS, Seitzer U. Identification of potential antigenic proteins of Theileria lestoquardi. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2006 Oct;1081:463-4. PubMed PMID: 17135549.
  42. Bakheit MA, Endl E, Ahmed JS, Seitzer U. Purification of macroschizonts of a Sudanese isolate of Theileria lestoquardi (T. lestoquardi [Atbara]). Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2006 Oct;1081:453-62. PubMed PMID: 17135548.
  43. Dosky AM, Ahmed BD, Seitzer U, Ahmed J. Foot and mouth disease, rinderpest, peste des petits ruminants and avian influenza in the erbil, dohuk, and sulaimania governorates of iraq. J Vet Med B Infect Dis Vet Public Health. 2006 Dec;53 Suppl 1:23-5. PubMed PMID: 17123362.
  44. Ahmed JS, Alp H, Aksin M, Seitzer U. Animal transboundary diseases: European union and asian network of veterinary research cooperation for quality livestock production. J Vet Med B Infect Dis Vet Public Health. 2006 Dec;53 Suppl  1:2-6. PubMed PMID: 17123356.
  45. Bakheit MA, Scholzen T, Ahmed JS, Seitzer U. Molecular characterization of a Theileria lestoquardi gene encoding for immunogenic protein splice variants. Parasitol Res. 2006 Dec;100(1):161-70. Epub 2006 Jul 29. PubMed PMID: 16896652.
  46. Miranda J, Bakheit MA, Liu Z, Yin H, Mu Y, Guo S, Beyer D, Oliva A, Ahmed JS, Seitzer U. Development of a recombinant indirect ELISA for the diagnosis of Theileria sp. (China) infection in small ruminants. Parasitol Res. 2006 May;98(6):561-7. Epub 2006 Jan 20. PubMed PMID: 16425067.
  47. Bakheit MA, Seitzer U, Ahmed JS. A new recombinant protein-based ELISA for the diagnosis of malignant theileriosis of sheep and goats. Parasitol Res. 2006 Jan;98(2):145-9. Epub 2005 Nov 18. PubMed PMID: 16328367.
  48. Darcan Y, Petersen A, Becker WM, Galle J, Ernst M, Ahmed J, Seitzer U.  Immunoprophylaxis with DNA vaccination inhibits Th2-mediated responses and airway inflammation in mice sensitised with the major timothy grass pollen allergen Phl p 5b. Vaccine. 2005 Jul 21;23(33):4203-11. PubMed PMID: 15904999.
  49. Seitzer U, Bussler H, Kullmann B, Petersen A, Becker WM, Ahmed J. Mouse strain specificity of the IgE response to the major allergens of Phleum pratense. Int Arch Allergy Immunol. 2005 Apr;136(4):347-55. Epub 2005 Feb 28. PubMed PMID: 15741733.
  50. Rupp J, Hellwig-Burgel T, Wobbe V, Seitzer U, Brandt E, Maass M. Chlamydia pneumoniae infection promotes a proliferative phenotype in the vasculature through Egr-1 activation in vitro and in vivo. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2005 Mar 1;102(9):3447-52. Epub 2005 Feb 18. PubMed PMID: 15722416; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC552898.
  51. Miranda J, Stumme B, Beyer D, Cruz H, Oliva AG, Bakheit M, Wicklein D, Yin H, Lou J, Ahmed JS, Seitzer U. Identification of antigenic proteins of a Theileria species pathogenic for small ruminants in China recognized by antisera of infected animals. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2004 Oct;1026:161-4. PubMed PMID: 15604487.
  52. Schneider I, Haller D, Seitzer U, Beyer D, Ahmed JS. Molecular genetic characterization and subcellular localization of a putative Theileria annulata membrane protein. Parasitol Res. 2004 Dec;94(6):405-15. Epub 2004 Oct 14. PubMed PMID: 15490238.
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