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Professor Christian Münz
Christian Münz, born in 1969, was appointed Associate Professor and Head of the Institute of Experimental Immunology at the University of Zürich, Switzerland, in 2008. In addition, he is Member of the Adjunct Faculty at the Rockefeller University in New York, USA, and Visiting Professor at the Imperial College London, UK. He obtained his PhD in Biochemistry and Immunology in 1998 from the University of Tübingen, Germany, on tolerance mechanisms during pregnancy, autoimmunity and tumor immunology. In 1998, he moved for his postdoctoral training to the Rockefeller University in New York, USA, and started analyzing the immune control of the persistent and oncogenic Epstein Barr virus (EBV). Whilst at the Rockefeller University, he was promoted to Research Associate, Research Assistant Professor as well as Assistant Professor and Head of the Laboratory of Viral Immunobiology in 2003. His research continues to characterize EBV specific immune responses, especially antigen processing via macroautophagy, innate immune control by dendritic cells and natural killer cells. He also explores new in vivo models of EBV infection and immune control, using mice with reconstituted human immune system components. This research may lead to a better understanding of de-regulations in EBV specific immune responses in patients with EBV associated tumors and autoimmunity, as well as to develop immunotherapies against these diseases.