I received my Ph.D. degree in biology from the University of Graz, Austria, in 1985. I entered the microbiology field as a postdoctoral fellow in Gregor Högenauer's Lab where I started to investigate molecular biological aspects of bacterial conjugation. Since 1999 I am a Professor of Microbiology, teaching undergraduate and graduate students.
I am interested in structural, biochemical, and molecular biological characterization of type IV secretion systems. One focus is on studying functions of F-like conjugation modules, their regulation and the relationship between the bacterial host cell and the resident conjugative plasmid.
In addition to doing research and teaching I am a coordinator for the joint study programmes in Molecular and Technical Biosciences, including bachelor and master programmes. These studies are offered in cooperation with the Technical University of Graz in the framework of NAWI Graz.