Dieter Klein was born in Cologne, Germany and received his degree in veterinary medicine at the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich, Munich, Germany. After two-year research work at the Institute of Experimental Surgery and the Clinics for Internal Medicine at the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich, he received the D.V.M degree for his work on "hyperacute rejection in xenotransplantation" in 1994. Subsequently, he joined the Institute of Molecular Virology at the Helmholtz Zentrum München in Munich, Germany, to work on retroviral vectors for gene therapy. In 1996, he continued his work in gene therapy at the biotechnology company Bavarian Nordic in Martinsried, Germany. He moved to Vienna in 1997 to become a Lecturer at the Institute of Virology at the University of Veterinary Medicine. After obtaining his habilitation in 2000, he subsequently became an associate professor in 2001. Currently, he is the Head of the Institute of Virology at the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, Austria and leading a group on virus-host interactions mainly focusing on FIV infection in the cat. The group is involved in several collaborations with national and international laboratories in the field of retrovirology and gene therapy. Additionally, Klein serves as the Head of the newly established Vetomics Core Facility for Research at the University of Veterinary Medicine. His main technological interests are focused in the area of transcriptomics with a special focus on qPCR and second generation sequencing technologies. Beside his research activities, Dr. Klein is the Coordinator of the new Bachelor/Master course in Biomedicine and Biotechnology and the Deputy Head of the Study commission II at the University of Veterinary Medicine. His main research interests include molecular virology of retroviruses, retroviral vectors for gene therapy and virus-host interactions. He has published over 40 scientific articles and book chapters and is author or coauthor of over 100 scientific abstracts.
Biography Updated on 11 January 2011