Birgit Weinberger


Birgit studied Biology at the University of Regensburg, Germany and the University of Boulder, CO, USA focusing on Genetics, Developmental Biology and Medical Microbiology. Her diploma thesis at the Institute for Medical Microbiology and Hygiene (University of Regensburg) was entitled “Interaction of cell/erythroid-specific transcription factors with the p6 promoter of human Parvovirus B19”. She holds a PhD from the Institute for Medical Microbiology and Hygiene of the University of Regensburg for her work “Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-specific virological and immunological parameters in patients with EBV-related disease or under immunosuppression.” Birgit joined the Institute for Biomedical Aging Research in 2005 working on the role of chronic Cytomegalovirus infection (CMV) in immunosenescence and characterizing CMV-specific T cells in young and elderly adults. Over the last few years she focused on the topic of vaccination of the elderly. Her recent work includes studies on the humoral and cellular immune response to vaccination against tick-borne encephalitis, tetanus/diphtheria and influenza.


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