Welcome to the Viral Vector Facility!


June 13th, 2022

Since its official start in 2015, the VVF has gained a considerable awareness among the scientific community. This has let to a steadily increasing number of new requests, which motivates us each day.

Recently, however, the manpower we have at hand to treat every request according to our standards became the key limiting factor. Unfortunately, the current space constraints at the University of Zurich do not allow us to increase our manpower.

We have therefore decided to limit the number of requests we can accept per time. Depending on our current workload, you will have to expect a waiting period of several weeks.

Thank you for your understanding and continuous support!

The VVF team


Services offered by the Viral Vector Facility

The VVF offers the following services:

  • premade AAV viral vectors (repository)
  • custom-made viral vectors
  • molecular biology services

Viral Vector Repository

Premade AAV viral vectors are available as 50 μl aliquots from our repository.

Due to the limited stability of lentiviral and γ-retroviral vectors, these kind of viral vectors can not be offered via our repository.

For more information, please have a look here, or go directly to our Viral Vector Repository.

Custom-made viral vectors

The VVF currently offers the production of the following viral vectors on a custom-made basis:

  • single-stranded and self-complementary adenovirus-associated virus (AAV) vectors
  • lentiviral (LV) vectors
  • γ-retrovirus (RV) vectors

More information can be found here. Ordering of custom-made viral vectors has to be done using our Ordering System.

Molecular biology services

The molecular biology services available at the VVF cover:

  • cloning (custom-made plasmids)
  • amplification of plasmids (e. g. cloned by customer, obtained from a collaborator, stab culture ordered from Addgene)
  • large scale amplification of plasmids (up to 100 mg)

Amplification of plasmids is not limited to viral vector plasmids. More information about the molecular biology services can be found here.

All of the molecular biology services have to be ordered through our Ordering System.