Department of Microbiology and the College
Michaela Gack’s research focuses on understanding how the intricate interplay between viruses and the host’s immune system impacts the outcome of viral infection and disease. A long-term goal of her research is to identify the strategies employed by viral pathogens—influenza virus, dengue virus, and tumor viruses—to escape cell-intrinsic immune responses. She is also identifying and functionally characterizing novel host factors that play important roles in the antiviral immune defense.
She currently serves as section editor for the journal PLOS Pathogens and as an associate editor for the Journal of Virology. She is the recipient of the GE & Science Prize for Young Life Scientists, the Junior Investigator Award from the European Society for Virology, and the Ann Palmenberg Junior Investigator Award from the American Society for Virology. She also received the Merck Irving S. Sigal Memorial Award of the American Society for Microbiology. Gack has been selected twice for inclusion in Germany’s list of “Top 40 under 40” scientists.
She studied molecular medicine at the Friedrich-Alexander University (FAU) Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany, after which she received her PhD from a collaborative graduate training program between Harvard Medical School and FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg. Prior to joining the University, she was a faculty member at Harvard Medical School.