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Matthias Dittmar, MSc, PhD, SFHEA


Non-Clinical Senior Lecturer in Virology

Telephone: 020 7882 8119



Matthias joined the Blizard Institute in 2007 as Senior Lecturer after successfully leading his own research groups at Heinrich-Pette-Institute/Hamburg and Institute of Virology/Heidelberg for 9 years. He is a biochemist by training, working on Simian Immunodeficiency Viruses during his PhD, followed by a post-doctoral fellowship to work on HIV cell entry at the Institute of Cancer Research/London from 1995 to 1997.

Matthias is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has been appointed SMD faculty Mentor for Academic Development for the Blizard Institute.



Matthias is an elected member (since Feb 2013) to the ‘Professional Development Committee’ of the Microbiology Society ( ) influencing professional development at national level. Matthias is also a member of Senate and member of the Teaching Recognition Programme Awards Panel for QMUL.



Since joining Queen Mary University London I have successfully established and implemented policies at department, faculty and university level to enable high quality teaching and academic support of colleagues. I was instrumental in (i) improving existing strategies to support microbiology educators and implementing new policies to engage more colleagues in professional development (ii) enabling restructuring of academic and professional development provision at university level in line with the UKPSF and (iii) leading effective strategies to support colleagues at all levels to gain accreditation via the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Both, the bottom-up approach to improving student learning using novel strategies to engage and support learners and the top-down approach to provide professional development - via the Centre for Academic and Professional Development (CAPD) and nationally via the Microbiology Society - are needed to engage and inspire both students and colleagues. I champion an integrated approach - to further student learning and teaching and further professional development of colleagues to improve teaching and learning for our students across the university.


  • Restructuring of academic and professional development provision at university level (member of Review Board for CAPD provision 2016) and nationally as a member of the Professional Development Committee of the Microbiology Society
  • Leading Academic Development at institute level as appointed ‘Lead for Academic Development’ at the Blizard Institute
  • Engaging staff in enhancing academic practise approaches: mentoring and promoting colleagues to become better educators/teachers
  • Devised new approaches to further interdisciplinary and critical thinking through provision of writing/reading workshops currently outside the compulsory curriculum
  • Improving student learning: developing and disseminating pre-lecture informal tests, flipped lecture approaches including digital media, and writing to learn/learning to write activities at BSc and MSc level






Programme Lead, intercalated BSc Infectious Disease and Epidemiology

Contributor within the Blizard Institute/School of Medicine for Virology teaching ensuring high quality student learning. Continuous improvements and further developments within all taught programmes/ modules are evidence for my sustained effectiveness in teaching and learning, including leadership and management.

- lectures/PBLs/SSC2-4 as part of the MBBS curriculum,

- programme organiser for intercalated BSc programme Infectious Disease and Epidemiology,

- Co-Module lead GEP year 1 Infection and Immunity,

- Module lead for Clinical Virology as part of MSc Clinical Microbiology programme

- Module lead for Biomolecules of Life (year 1)

Problem-based Learning in Biomedical Science (Year 2 and 3) for the BSc Biomedical Sciences programme




Research Interests:

  • Virogenomics in HCV infection
  • Quantification of HIV and HCV envelope dependent changes in signalling and cytoskeleton networks


Swaine, T. and Dittmar, M.T. (2015). Cdc42 use in viral cell entry processes by RNA viruses. Virus 12:6526-6536

Malinowsky, K., Luksza, J., and Dittmar, M.T. (2008). Susceptibility to virus-cell fusion at the plasma membrane is reduced through expression of HIV gp41 cytoplasmic domains. Virology 376: 69-78

Kaumanns, P., Hagmann, I., and Dittmar, M.T. (2006). Human TRIM5alpha mediated restriction of different HIV-1 subtypes and Lv2 sensitive and insensitive HIV-2 variants. Retrovirology 3:79 (6Nov2006)

Neumann, T., Hagmann, I., Lohrengel, S., Heil, M.L., Derdeyn, C.A., Kräusslich, H.-G., and Dittmar, M.T. (2005). T20 insensitive HIV-1 from naive patients exhibits high viral fitness in a novel dual colour competition assay on primary cells. Virology 333: 251-262.

Daecke, J., Fackler, O.T., Dittmar, M.T. and Kräusslich, H.-G. (2005). Involvement of clathrin mediated endocytosis in HIV-1 entry. J. of Virology 79: 1581-1594.

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