Dr. Gudrun Wibbelt


Head of pathology and electron microscopy

Department of Wildlife Diseases


Tel: 0049 (0) 30 5168 - 211

Short curriculum vitae

Gudrun Wibbelt is a veterinary wildlife pathologist at the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW). After graduating at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Hanover University, she became a resident for veterinary pathology at Liverpool University, UK. In 2002 she moved to Berlin and began to work at the IZW and since she is involved with pathological investigations on captive and free-ranging wildlife. She is also responsible for the electron microscopy unit of the IZW. Her research interests include wildlife infectious diseases particularly concerning small mammals like bats or squirrels but also carnivore species. In 2014 she was accepted by the European Board of Veterinary Surgeons as a Diplomat of the European College of Zoological Medicine, Wildlife Population Health speciality.

Research interests
  • Wildlife pathology
  • Infectious diseases
  • Wildlife population health
  • Wildlife conservation
Selected publications

Schuster RK, Wibbelt G (2021): Redescription of Serratospiculum seurati Bain & Mawson, 1981 (Nematoda; Diplotriaenidae) from Peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus Tunstall, 1771). PARASITOL RES 120, 941–048. doi:10.1007/s00436-020-07017-3

Vartak N, Guenther G, Joly F, Damle-Vartak A, Wibbelt G, Fickel J, Joers S, Begher-Tibbe B, Friebel A, Wansing K, Ghallab A, Rosselin M, Boissier N, Vignon-Clementel I, Hedberg C, Geisler F, Hofer H, Jansen P, Hoehme S, Drasdo D, Hengstler JG (in press): Intravital dynamic and correlative imaging reveals diffusion dominated canalicular and flow-augmented ductular bile flux. HEPATOLOGY. doi:10.1002/hep.31422

Brinkmann A, Kohl C, Radonic A, Dabrowski PW, Mühldorfer K, Nitsche A, Wibbelt G, Kurth A (2020): First detection of bat-borne Issyk-Kul virus in Europe. SCI REP 10, 22384. doi:10.1038/s41598-020-79468-8

Kohl C, Brinkmann A, Radonić A, Dabrowski PW, Nitsche A, Mühldorfer K, Wibbelt G, Kurth A (2020): Zwiesel bat banyangvirus, a potentially zoonotic Huaiyangshan banyangvirus (formerly known as SFTS)-like banyangvirus in Northern bats from Germany. SCI REP 10, 1370. doi:10.1038/s41598-020-58466-w

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

Ortega Pérez P, Wibbelt G, Brinkmann A, Galindo Puentes JA, Tuh FYY, Lakim MB, Nitsche A, Wells K, Jäkel T (2020): Description of Sarcocystis scandentiborneensis sp. nov. from treeshrews (Tupaia minor, T. tana) in northern Borneo with annotations on the utility of COI and 18S rDNA sequences for species delineation. INT J PARASITOL-PARASIT WILDL 12, 220–231. doi:10.1016/j.ijppaw.2020.07.003

Wibbelt G (2015): Out of the dark abyss: white-nose syndrome in bats. VET REC 177, 70-71. doi:10.1136/vr.h3782.

Schuster RK, Wibbelt G, Sivakumar S, Reiczigel J (2015): Light and scanning electron microscopical examination of the third stage larva of Physocephalus dromedarii (Nematoda: Spirocercidae) - an abomasal nematode of the one humped camel (Camelus dromedarius). PARASITOL RES 114, 1913-1920. doi:10.1007/s00436-015-4379-1.

Rentería-Solís ZM, Förster C, Aue A, Wittstatt U, Wibbelt G, König M (2014): Canine distemper outbreak in raccoons suggests pathogen interspecies transmission amongst alien and native carnivores in urban areas from Germany. VET MICROBIOL 174, 50-59. doi:10.1016/j.vetmic.2014.08.034.

Rentería-Solís ZM, Molinar Min A, Alasaad S, Müller K, Michler FU, Schmäschke R, Wittstatt U, Rossi L, Wibbelt G (2014): Genetic epidemiology and pathology of raccoon-derived Sarcoptes mite from urban areas of Germany. MED VET ENTOMOL 28, 98-103. doi:10.1111/mve.12079.

Mühldorfer K, Speck S, Wibbelt G (2014): Proposal of Vespertiliibacter pulmonis gen. nov., sp. nov. and two genomospecies as new members of the family Pasteurellaceae isolated from European bats. INT J SYST EVOL MICR 64, 2424-2430. doi:10.1099/ijs.0.062786-0.

Schuster RK, Wibbelt G, Kinne J (2014): On the life cycle and morphology of development stages of Paraspiralatus sakeri Gibbons et al., 2004 (Nematoda: Spiroidea, Spirocercidae), a heteroxenic stomach parasite of falcons. PARASITOL RES 113, 2047-2051. doi:10.1007/s00436-014-3852-6.

Wibbelt G, Torrence M (2013): Editorial. Zoonoses Public Health. Special issue: bats and zoonoses. ZOONOSES PUBLIC HEALTH 60, 1. doi:10.1111/zph.12004.

Wibbelt G, Puechmaille SJ, Ohlendorf B, Mühldorfer K, Bosch T, Görföl T, Passior K, Kurth A, Lacremans D, Forget F (2013): Skin lesions in European hibernating bats associated with Geomyces destructans, the etiologic agent of white-nose syndrome. PLOS ONE 8, e74105. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0074105.

Rentería-Solís ZM, Hamedy A, Michler FU, Michler BA, Lücker E, Stier N, Wibbelt G, Riehn K (2013): Alaria alata mesocercariae in raccoons (Procyon lotor) in Germany. PARASITOL RES 112, 3595-3600. doi:10. 1007/-s00436-013-3547-4.

Schuster RK, Wibbelt G, Kinne J (2014): A re-description of Physocephalus dromedarii stat. nov. (Nematoda: Spirocercidae), an abomasal nematode of dromedaries (Camelus dromedarius). J HELMINTHOL 88, 499-505. doi:10.1017/ S0022149X13000497.

Warnecke L, Turner JM, Bollinger TK, Misra V, Cryan PM, Blehert DS, Wibbelt G, Willis CK (2013): Pathophysiology of white-nose syndrome in bats: a mechanistic model linking wing damage to mortality. BIOL LETTERS 9, 20130177. doi:10.1098/rsbl.2013.0177.

Herrmann DC, Wibbelt G, Götz M, Conraths FJ, Schares G  (2013): Genetic characterisation of Toxoplasma gondii isolates from European beavers (Castor fiber) and European wildcats (Felis silvestris silvestris) VET PARASITOL 191, 108-111. doi:10.1016/j.vetpar.2012.08.026.

García-Pérez R, Gottschling M, Wibbelt G, Bravo IG (2013): Multiple evolutionary origins of bat papillomaviruses. VET MICROBIOL 165, 51-60. doi:10.1016/ j.vetmic.2013.01.009.