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.
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.
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.
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.
I'm a biochemistry master student at the LMU and started to work in the innate lab 3 years ago. In this time I did the genotyping and also focused on changes in protein-protein-interactions during viral infections. In my free time you will find me doing sports like bouldering or enjoying the day outside eating chocolate.
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.
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.
After obtaining a PhD in Infection Biology (Hannover Biomedical Research School), I joined the Pichlmair lab to continue investigating cellular signaling pathways upon virus infection. Mass spectrometry, the most powerful tool to identify PTMs and interactors, enables me to take a snapshot of signaling cascade orchestration and its perturbation by viruses. In my free time I also enjoy peaks and capturing moments, yet not of the peptides and not with a mass spectrometer.
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.
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.
After my bachelor in Biology in Hamburg, I moved to Munich to do my master in Computational Biology. The Pichlmair lab gives me the exciting opportunity to visualize and analyse immunology related data. In my free time I enjoy traveling, do coffee breaks or practice Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
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.
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.
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.
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!
After a PhD on tropical arboviruses and antiviral therapies at the University of Heidelberg (Germany), I joined the Pichlmair lab to continue working with my favorite Flaviviruses with advanced Mass-Spectrometry and Systems Biology approaches. In the spare time I'm conditioning the lab to Italian coffee.
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.
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.