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Nicole Tischler, PhD


Nicole Tischler received her degree as an Engineer in Biotechnology in 1999 at the Mannheim University of Applied Sciences, Germany. During her undergraduate thesis she developed a functional diagnostic method for heparin induced thrombocytopenia which she performed at the company Immuno-Biological-Laboratories in Hamburg, Germany.

In 2002 she joined the Ph.D. program in Biotechnology at the Universidad Andrés Bello to perform her doctoral thesis under the direction of Dr. Pablo Valenzuela. Her studies focused on the humoral immune responses of patients infected with Andes virus, development of monoclonal antibodies, as well as the identification of the viral membrane fusion protein.

She continued in April 2006 with a post-doctoral fellowship at the Fundación Ciencia & Vida and the Milenio Institute for Fundamental and Applied Biology. In 2007, Dr. Tischler received her first FONDECYT grant to study the cell fusion mechanism of hantaviruses and began work as the principal investigator of the Molecular Virology laboratory at the Fundación Ciencia & Vida. Since then, she has had continuous funding through grants FONDECYT, FONDEF, BASAL for excellence centers, ANR (France) on the characterization of infectious hantaviruses and their structural proteins. With her group and collaborators, she has also started more recently research lines on membrane fusion proteins of biological systems in the archaea domain of life, funded by the Volkswagen Stiftung, Germany. She has directed undergraduate thesis (14), graduate thesis (5) and guided post-doctoral researchers (3). Since 2016 she is Member of the Advisory Council, International Society of Hantaviruses (President Elect 2023-2026) and obtained the Ben Barres Spotlight Award (2019), granted by the Journal eLife.