After studying medicine at the University of Innsbruck, Austria I then undertook foreign postdoctoral fellowships awarded by the Austrian Science Foundation at the Department of Dermatology, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, U.S.A. and the J. Kyrle Travel Grant from the Austrian Society of Dermatology and Venerology at the Department of Dermatology, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, U.S.A.
In 2001 I was appointed as an Associate Professor at the Department of Cell Biology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Salzburg for Medical Molecular Biology.
From 2006 to 2014 I was the principal investigator of the Division of Molecular Dermatology at the Department of Dermatology, Paracelsus Medical University (PMU) Salzburg and Scientific Director of EB House Austria in Salzburg. In 2009 I graduated as a master of business administration in health care management from the Department of Economics, University of Salzburg. In 2014 I was appointed Chair of the Department of Dermatology of the PMU Salzburg.
I am the inventor on four patents granted or pending. I have received numerous scientific prizes ad personam (for example the Ferdinand v. Hebra Award of the Austrian Society of Dermatology and Venerology 2012) and as a senior investigator.
As a principal investigator I have supervised 16 diploma and thesis students. I have served on several boards including the board at the European Society of Dermatological Research and the Foundation Rene Touraine and I have published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.
My main area of interest is developing novel therapies for patients with the blistering skin disease epidermolysis bullosa.