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The main focus of Sylvia Knapp's scientific work is research into the innate immune response in bacterial and viral infections.
Sylvia Knapp, born in 1968 in Innsbruck, studied medicine in Vienna and Berlin and then began her residency in internal medicine at the Clinic for Internal Medicine I. She then completed a PhD programme at the University of Amsterdam. In 2004 Knapp habilitated in internal medicine at MedUni Vienna and in 2006 she completed her doctorate (PhD) at the University of Amsterdam. In the same year she took over as Head of the Research Laboratory of the Department of Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine at MedUni Vienna and became Principal Investigator at the Center for Molecular Medicine (CeMM) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. In 2012 she took up the professorship for "Infection Biology" at MedUni Vienna. She has been a full member of the Mathematical and Natural Sciences Class of the Austrian Academy of Sciences since 2022.