Anna Gieras received the award for the work „IgE epitope proximity determines immune complex shape and effector cell activation capacity“, published in J. Allergy Clin Immunol.137 (5):1557-15565, 2015.
Anna Gieras, who was born in Kraków in 1979, studied genetics and microbiology at the University of Vienna. Her interest in allergy research was influenced by her mentor, Rudolf Valenta. Even while she was writing her dissertation at the Institute of Pathophysiology and Allergy Research at the Medical University of Vienna, she was heavily focussed on the molecular determinants of allergy-induced effector cell activation. She was able to continue this research project during her dissertation, demonstrating that the extent of an allergic reaction is determined to a large extent by the number and also the position of IgE epitopes on an allergen. On completing her dissertation, she received a bursary under the "EMBL Interdisciplinary Postdocs" (EIPOD) programme and this enabled her to work on interdisciplinary research projects at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Hamburg.
Currently, Gieras is working and teaching at the Institute of Immunology at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, where she is researching the effects of prenatal steroid treatment on immune system development.
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