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Dr. Tessa Quax

Faculty of Biology, Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg

Tessa Quax is an Emmy Noether Research group leader at the Faculty of Biology of the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg.

Her research focusses on the interaction between viruses and archaea. Archaea are ubiquitous microorganisms that can be found in many environments, including those with extreme temperatures or salinities. Specifically, she is interested in the molecular mechanisms that viruses use to enter and egress from archaeal cells isolated from salt lakes. She aims to gain insight into viral diversity, viral impact on evolution and the arms race between viruses and cells.

Tessa Quax was previously awarded the EMBO Postdoctoral Fellowship and the Marie-Curie Individual Fellowship. Her PhD thesis was awarded with the Louis Forest prize from the Chancellerie des Universités de Paris, and the Westenbrink prize of the Netherlands Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She is Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the International Society for Viruses of Microbes and Spokesperson of the Special Group “Viruses of Microbes” from the German Microbiology Society (VAAM).

Research fields

Molecular Microbiology/ Microbial Virology

  • Molecular Microbiology
  • Archaeal viruses
  • Archaeal cell surface
  • Virus-host Interaction
  • Infection mechanisms