Dr. Claudia A. Szentiks

Veterinary pathologist

Department of Wildlife Diseases


Tel: 0049 (0) 30 5168 - 213

Short curriculum vitae

Claudia A. Szentiks is veterinary pathologist in the Department of Wildlife Diseases at the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research since 2007. She graduated 2002 in veterinary medicine at the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover and finished her residency for veterinary pathology and her doctoral theses in 2007 at the Institute for Pathology at the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover. In 2008 she became certified veterinary pathologist. As a member of the national documentation and consultation center of Germany for the wolves which was founded in 2016 (DBBW, Dokumentations- und Beratungsstelle des Bundes zum Thema Wolf) her work mostly concentrates on monitoring the causes of death and does research on health and diseases in the middle European lowland wolf population.


Research interests

- Zoo and Wildlife Diseases

- Diseases in wild wolves, lynx and bears

Selected publications

Hodžié A, Georges I, Postl M, Duscher GG, Jeschke D, Szentiks CA, Ansorge H, Heddergott M (2020): Molecular survey of tick-borne pathogens reveals a high prevalence and low genetic variability of Hepatozoon canis in free-ranging grey wolves (Canis lupus) in Germany. TICKS TICK BORNE DIS 11, 101389. doi:10.1016/j.ttbdis.2020.101389

Mühldorfer K, Szentiks CA, Wibbelt G, van der Linden M, Ewers C, Semmler T, Akimkin V, Blom J, Rau J, Eisenberg T (2020): Streptococcus catagoni sp. nov., isolated from the respiratory tract of diseased Chacoan peccaries (Catagonus wagneri). INT J SYST EVOL MICR 70, 5734–5739. doi:10.1099/ijsem.0.004471

Ziegler U, Santos PD, Groschup MH, Hattendorf C, Eiden M, Höper D, Eisermann P, Keller M, Michel F, Klopfleisch R, Müller K, Werner D, Kampen H, Beer M, Frank C, Lachmann R, Tews BA, Wylezich C, Rinder M, Lachmann L, Grünewald T, Szentiks CA, Sieg M, Schmidt-Chanasit J, Cadar D, Lühken R (2020): West Nile Virus epidemic in Germany triggered by epizootic emergence, 2019. VIRUSES 12, 448. doi:10.3390/v12040448

Ehlers B, Anoh AE, Salem NB, Broll S, Couacy-Hymann E, Fischer Durchmesser, Gedvilaite A, Ingenhütt N, Liebmann S, Martin M, Mossoun A, Mugisha K, Muyembe-Tamfum JJ, Pauly M, Pérez de Val B, Preugschas H, Richter D, Schubert G, Szentiks CA, Teichmann T, Walter C, Ulrich RG, Wiersma L, Leendertz FH, Calvignac-Spencer S (2019) Novel Polyomavirus in mammals from multiple orders and reassessment of Polyomavirus evolution and taxonomy. Viruses 2019, 11, 930; doi:10.3390/v11100930.

Reinhardt I, Kluth G, Nowak C, Szentiks CA, Krone O, Ansorge H, Müller T (2019) Military training areas facilitate the recolonizing of wolves in Germany. Conservation Letters 2019;12:e12635. https://doi.org/10.1111/conl.12635.

Krone O, Kenntner N, Ebner N, Szentiks CA, Dänicke S (2019) Comparing erosion and organ accumulation rates of lead and alternative lead-free ammunition fed to captive domestic ducks. Ambio. 2019 Apr 16. doi: 10.1007/s13280-019-01183-0.

Berger A, Dangel A, Peters M, Mühldorfer K, Braune S, Eisenberg T, Szentiks CA, Rau J, Konrad R, Hörmansdorfer S, Ackermann N, Sing A (2019) Tox-positive Corynebacterium ulcerans in hedgehogs, Germany. Emerg Microbes Infect. 2019;8(1):211-217. doi: 10.1080/22221751.2018.1562312.

Osieka V, Grobbel M, Schmoger S, Szentiks CA, Irrgang A, Käsbohrer A, Tenhagen BA, Hammerl JA (2017) Complete Draft Genome Sequence of an Extended-Spectrum β-Lactamase-Producing Citrobacter freundii Strain Recovered from the Intestine of a House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) in Germany, 2017. Genome Announc. 2018 Jun 28;6(26). pii: e00599-18. doi: 10.1128/genomeA.00599-18.

Holtze S, Lukač M, Cizelj I, Mutschmann F, Szentiks CA, Jelić D, Hermes R, Göritz F, Braude S, Hildebrandt TB (2017) Monitoring health and reproductive status of olms (Proteus anguinus) by ultrasound. PLoS One. 2017 Aug 15;12(8):e0182209. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0182209. eCollection 2017.

Lesniak I, Heckmann I, Heitlinger E, Szentiks CA, Nowak C, Harms V, Jarausch A, Reinhardt I, Kluth G, Hofer H, Krone O (2017) Population expansion and individual age affect endoparasite richness and diversity in a recolonizing large carnivore population. Sci Rep. 2017 Jan 27;7:41730. doi: 10.1038/srep41730.

Mühldorfer K, Wibbelt G, Szentiks CA, Fischer D, Scholz HC, Zschöck M, Eisenberg T (2017) The role of ‘atypical’ Brucella in amphibians: are we facing novel emerging pathogens? J Appl Microbiol. 2017 Jan;122(1):40-53. doi: 10.1111/jam.13326. Epub 2016 Nov 21.

Abdelgawad A, Damiani A, Ho SY, Strauss G, Szentiks CA, East ML, Osterrieder N, Greenwood AD (2016) Zebra Alphaherpesviruses (EHV-1 and EHV-9): Genetic Diversity, Latency and Co-Infections. Viruses. 2016, 8, 262. doi:10.3390/v8090262.

Prüss H, Leubner J, Wenke NK, Czirják GÁ, Szentiks CA, Greenwood AD (2015) Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis in the Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) Knut. Sci. Rep. 2015; 5, 12805; doi: 10.1038/srep12805.

Szentiks CA, Tsangaras K, Abendroth B, Scheuch M, Stenglein MD, Wohlsein P, Heeger F, Höveler R, Chen W, Sun W, Armando D, Nikolin V, Gruber AD, Grobbel M, Kalthoff D, Höper D, Czirják G, DeRisi J, Mazzoni CJ, Schüle A, Aue A, East ML, Hofer H, Beer M, Osterrieder N, Greenwood AD (2014) Polar bear encephalitis: Establishment of a comprehensive next-generation pathogen analysis pipeline for captive and free-living wildlife. J. Comp. Pathol. 2014 May; 150:474-88. doi: 10.1016/j.jcpa.2013.12.005.