Erika Pearce was born 1972 in New York, USA. She studied Biology. Doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia (2001 to 2005) and the postdoctoral fellow at the same place from 2006 until 2009. Assistant Member at Trudeau Institute, Saranac Lake, New York. Professor at Washington University School of Medicine in Saint Louis, Missouri, from 2011 until 2015. Since 2015 Pearce is Director and Scientific Member at Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Freiburg, Germany.