Born on December 11, 1968 in Juvisy-sur-Orge, France. Study of biology, microbiology, biochemistry and genetics at the University Pierre and Marie Curie (UPMC), Paris (1986-1992). Graduate student at Institut Pasteur, Paris (1992-1995) and University Teaching Assistant at UPMC, Paris (1993-1995). Post-Doc at Institut Pasteur, Paris (1995-1996) and at The Rockefeller University, New York (1996-1997). Assistant Research Scientist at New York University Medical Center, New York (1997-1999). Research Associate at the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis (1999) and at the Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine, New York (1999-2002).
Lab Head and Guest Professor at the Institute of Microbiology and Genetics, University of Vienna, Vienna (2002-2004). Lab Head, Assistant Professor at the Department of Microbiology, Immunobiology & Genetics, University of Vienna, Vienna (2004-2006). Private Docent (Microbiology) and Habilitation, Centre of Molecular Biology, University of Vienna, Vienna (2006). Lab Head and Associate Professor at the Max F. Perutz Laboratories, University of Vienna, Vienna (2006-2009).
Lab Head, Associate Professor at the Laboratory for Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS), Umeå University, Umeå (2009-2013). Docent (Medical Microbiology), Umeå University, Umeå (2013). Department Head at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig and W3 Professor at the Hannover Medical School, Hannover (2013-2015). Lab Head and Visiting Professor at the Laboratory for Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS), Umeå University, Umeå (2014-2017). Alexander von Humboldt Professor (since 2014). Scientific member of the Max Planck Society (since 2015). Director at the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, Berlin (2015-2018). Honorary Professor at Humboldt University, Berlin (since 2016). Founding, Scientific and Managing Director of the Max Planck Unit for the Science of Pathogens, Berlin (since 2018).