Andreas Pichlmair

Andreas Pichlmair

The main focus of my laboratory lies in the interaction between viral pathogens and their hosts. We are using a combination of systems biology and hypothesis-driven approaches to understand on a functional and mechanistic basis which proteins and pathways are involved in the host’s antiviral defense. A particular research focus lies in interactions between viral nucleic acids or viral proteins with cellular factors as well as the organization of a general antiviral response mastered by the innate immune system.

I studied Veterinary Medicine in Vienna and performed my doctoral thesis (DVM, 2004) at the Institute of Virology of the University of Freiburg (Prof. Otto Haller). Thereafter I joined the Cancer Research UK (LRI – now Francis-Crick Institute) (Prof. Caetano Reis e Sousa) for a PhD (finished 2008) followed by a post-doc at the Center for Molecular Medicine (Prof. Giulio Superti-Furga). In 2011, I established my own laboratory at the Max-Planck Institute of Biochemistry (Munich, Germany) that moved to the Institute of Virology at the Technical University Munich in 2017.
Line Lykke Andersen

I love to solve puzzles and during my masters at Aarhus University (Denmark), I developed a profound interest in putting together the pieces of innate immune signaling mechanisms, an interest I continue to develop in the Pichlmair lab, where I work on elucidating the induction of innate immune signaling by special dinucleotides. Furthermore, I like to experiment in the sweet kitchen using the lab as my test subjects.

Line Lykke Andersen

PhD Student
Aleksandra Babnis

I studied in Poland (University of Gdańsk), where I've become interested in virology. After working for a year on Herpes Simplex Virus (University of Virginia). I moved to Munich to start my PhD in Pichlmair lab. In my free time I enjoy reading.

Aleksandra Babnis

PhD Student
Robert Baier

I am working in this Lab for about 35 years and still like it a lot. Most of what I am doing is molecular biology. In the evening I was teaching Taekwondo for a very long time and still practice it several times a week. Also I read all I can about zoology.

Robert Baier

Technical Assistant
Valter Bergant

I joined the Pichlmair lab to explore changes in RNA biology that accompany Influenza A infection using a combination of Mass-Spectrometry- and NGS-based approaches. The viruses do not waste time or resources and use evolutionary most advanced molecular biology to influence what's most pivotal in the host's cell - we use this to explore virology as well as basic cell biology. In my spare time, I enjoy art.

Valter Bergant

PhD Student
Quirin Emslander

After completing my Masterstudies in Biochemistry I was looking for an interdisciplinary PhD project in a medically relevant field and mass spectrometry. With the Pichlmair group, I have found the perfect lab with highly motivated colleagues. Now I am excited to analyze the proteomic changes after viral infection. In my free time, I enjoy hiking and traveling.

Quirin Emslander

PhD Student
Virginie Girault

Biotech engineer by education (ESBS school, France), I have worked for two years at the Pasteur Institute in HTP assay development before deciding to fully dive into the biology behind and start a PhD. My interest for viral biology brought me to the Pichlmair lab where I use Mass Spectrometry to uncover virus-host interactions. Beside sciences, I enjoy sports as well as the Bavarian Biergartenkultur.

Virginie Girault

PhD Student
Vincent Grass

A PhD in Virology/Immunology obtained in Lyon (France) in my hand, here I am in München! Continuing to understand host-pathogen interaction mechanisms in the Pichlmair lab allows me to learn and set-up exciting new approaches. Always in search of new discoveries, I like to lose myself in the mountains, or to travel in untouristy places of the world.

Vincent Grass

Post-Doctoral Fellow
Sabri Hamad

I did my Bachelors in electrical engineering, worked afterwards as an offshore drilling engineer for a few years but later decided to do a Masters in biomedical engineering during which I got very interested in data science and machine learning and I decided to pursue it as a (final) career and apply it to Biology/Medicine.

Sabri Hamad

Data Scientist
Alexander Herrmann

After I finished my PhD in virology in the Brack-Werner lab at the Helmholtz Zentrum München/ LMU working on new antivirals against HIV infection, I transferred from academia to a pharmaceutical company to get new experiences outside a university lab. Now I have found my way back to scientific research, contributing my expertise in drug discovery/ development to tackle new and exciting projects in the AG Pichlmair. Outside the lab I love to challenge myself with all different kinds of board games.

Alexander Herrmann

Post-Doctoral Fellow
Yiqi Huang

Having done a biochemistry Bachelor in a metropolis (Imperial College London) and a biomedicine Master by the sea (Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm), I decided to spend my next few years near the mountains in München! With my love of both proteomics and immunology, I’m excited to start my PhD in Pichlmair’s group, where I use mass spectrometry to study the protein turnover in cells under viral attack. My biggest passion after science lies in music and food.

Yiqi Huang

PhD Student
Karsten Krey

During my Master studies in Biochemistry, I did my Master´s thesis in San Francisco, CA on HIV-1 latency. After graduating, I joined the Pichlmair lab in 2019 to continue my research on virus-host interaction, especially on the Interferon response to viruses. In my free time, I love to travel, go hiking or do bouldering.

Karsten Krey

PhD Student
Teresa Lavacca

I study Molecular Biotechnology at the TUM and joined the Innate Lab already once for an internship. Now I came back to this great group to write my master's thesis. In investigating the changes of the surface proteome upon virus infection, I can combine my passions for immunology and virology. When I’m not in the lab I like to swim, to climb and have a good time with my friends.

Teresa Lavacca

MSc Student
Lila Oubraham

After completing a PhD in molecular biology at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, I joined the Pichlmair's group as a Lab manager. I try to keep things on track for everyone, and help with technical support when needed. I like to keep people feeling good together because the more the merrier.

Lila Oubraham

Lab Manager
Friederike Pennemann

I joined the Pichlmair lab in 2017 to work on identifying conserved nucleic acid sensing proteins, after studying Medical Biotechnology at Wageningen University. I am slowly working towards outfitting the lab with hand knit winter gear.

Friederike Pennemann

PhD Student
Antonio Piras

After experiences at the Targeted Metabolomics and Proteomics Laboratory (TMPL) of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (USA) as visiting scientist, at the University of Cagliari (Italy) for my doctoral studies and at the Mass-Spectrometry Core Facility of the Max-Planck Institute of Biochemistry (Germany) as an MS engineer, I now make sure that our Mass Spectrometer is always performing as a Ferrari!

Antonio Piras

Post-Doctoral Fellow
Alexey Stukalov

PhD in Computational Mathematics (Moscow State University, Russia). Now using mathematical/bioinformatical expertise to develop the methods for the analysis of complex Mass Spectrometry data sets the lab generates. Never did a single experiment in the wet lab.

Alexey Stukalov

Post-Doctoral Fellow
Christian Urban

As a biochemist by training I did my master thesis in mass spectrometry imaging and decided to join the Pichlmair lab for a PhD to apply proteomics and systems biology to deeply explore innate immunology and virology. If you don’t find me in the lab, I’m in the mountains.

Christian Urban

PhD Student
Anqi Wang

After I got my masters degree and worked in a biologicaI company, I found I had a passion for researching the host-virus interaction mechanism. So I decided to work in the Pichlmair lab for my further study. I am honored to join the team and learn from so many smart guys. Here there are not just experiments, but also games and coffee time. In my spare time, I enjoy dancing and reading.

Anqi Wang

PhD Student

Alumni

  • Darya Haas (Belarus, Post-Doc), now Scientist Vaccine Generation at Bavarian Nordic
  • Pietro Scaturro (Italy, Post-Doc), now Junior Research Group Leader at Heinrich Pette Institute, Hamburg
  • Beatrice Laudenbach (Germany, Post-Doc), now Scientist at Coriolis Pharma Research GmbH, Munich
  • Anna Gebhardt (Germany, Post-Doc), now Scientist at Coriolis Pharma Research GmbH, Munich
  • Arno Meiler (Germany, PhD)
  • Philipp Hubel (Germany, PhD), now Research Fellow at the Core Facility Hohenheim, Universität Hohenheim
  • Cathleen Holze (Germany, Post-Doc), now Trainee at Boehringer Ingelheim, Biberach
  • Angelika Mann (Germany, Lab Manager), now Research Technician at DKFZ, Heidelberg
  • Matthias Habjan (Austria, Post-Doc), now Research Scientist at Bavarian Nordic, Munich