Walther Mothes, PhD

Professor of Microbial Pathogenesis; Co-Director, Virus and Other Infection-associated Cancers

Departments & Organizations

Microbial Pathogenesis: Mothes Lab

HPV Working Group (Niccolai Lab)

Molecular Virology: Virology Laboratories

Yale Cancer Center: Virus and Other Infection-associated Cancers

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Microbiology | Molecular Cell Biology, Genetics and Development

Office of Cooperative Research


Dr. Mothes studied chemistry (Diploma 1993) and received a Ph.D. in cell biology (Humboldt-University Berlin, 1998) for his studies on protein secretion and membrane protein integration at the endoplasmic reticulum under the mentorship of Dr. Tom Rapoport at Harvard Medical School. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. John Young and James Cunningham on retroviral entry before he started his own laboratory at Yale University in 2001. Dr. Mothes was promoted to Associate Professor in 2007 and received Tenure in 2011.

Education & Training

PhD Humboldt University of Berlin (1998)
BC Humboldt University of Berlin (1993)


  • HIV Research Germany; France; United Kingdom; Singapore (2008)

    Professor Mothes conducts collaborative work with German, French, British, and Singaporean researchers on HIV virology.

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