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.
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
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
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
Beatrice Laudenbach

After studying Biochemistry in Tübingen, I was thrilled about the simple yet effective innate immune system and joined the Pichlmair lab in order to discover pathways leading to the degradation of viral nucleic acids. Outside of the lab, I enjoy playing cello and getting prepared for my first triathlon.

Beatrice Laudenbach

Post-Doctoral Fellow
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 feel 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
Pietro Scaturro

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.

Pietro Scaturro

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
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
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
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
Hannah Fischer

Hannah Fischer

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Teresa Lavacca

Teresa Lavacca

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Nabil Jabareen

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.

Nabil Jabareen

HiWi
Lena Kastner

Lena Kastner

MSc Student
Lucie Dehau

As a part of my Master of Molecular Biology in Paris, I am in the lab for an internship. I have always been interested in biomolecluar interactions as well as infectious processes and I am working with Valter in RNA Biology. During my free time, I play piano, go bouldering and eat cheese.

Lucie Dehau

MSc Student
Swayanka Biswas

I am a MSc student in Pharmaceutical Technology from Halle (Saale). I came to Munich last year for an internship and now I am working in the Pichlmair Lab on my MSc thesis. I am an avid reader of fantasy fiction.

Swayanka Biswas

MSc Student
Maryam Barani

I study master of Biomedical science at university of Reutlingen. I have decided to join the Virology lab in December 2018 to study the very interesting VZV virus and its influence on CNS. In my free time I enjoy dancing, yoga and camping.

Maryam Barani

MSc Student

Alumni

  • Anna Gebhardt (Germany, Post-Doc), now Scientist at Coriolis Pharma Research GmbH, Munich
  • Arno Meiler (Germany, PhD)
  • Philipp Hubel (Germany, PhD), now Scientist at the Universitätsklinikum Regensburg, Regensburg
  • Darya Haas (Belarus, Post-Doc), now in Maternity leave
  • 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