10th September 2020, Thursday
Scientific Session 3 - Next Generation Sequencing and Virus Discovery
High throughput sequencing - Virus discovery
Nicole Fischer is Professor of Molecular and Diagnostic Virology at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf. Her research interests are within the basic research field to understand the mechanism of viral persistence, in particular persistence of human polyomaviruses. Her lab also focuses on translational research: to identify and develop novel antivirals against clinical relevant human polyomaviruses and to develop/apply high throughput sequencing as a tool for detection and discovery of viruses. Dr Fischer received her Ph.D in Molecular Biology from the Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany where she worked on Epstein - Barr virus and its contribution to tumorigenesis. She performed her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley in the lab of Dr. Karsten Weis. Before returning to Germany, she worked as an Assistant Specialist in the laboratories of Dr. Joseph DeRisi and Dr. Don Ganem, University of California, San Francisco. During this time, she developed and applied unbiased high throughput approaches for detection and discovery of viruses in diagnostic samples. Dr. Fischer continues this work on virus detection and discovery with a strong focus on the development of metagenomics in routine diagnostics of infectious agents.