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.