In 2020 Gisa Gerold was appointed Professor of Biochemistry - with a focus on Molecular and Clinical Infectious Diseases - at the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover. As a member of the Institute for Biochemistry and the Research Center for Emerging Infections and Zoonoses (RIZ), her team investigates viruses that transmit from animals to humans and cause significant pathology. The focus is on mosquito-borne viruses of the alphavirus genus, arenaviruses that cause haemorrhagic fever and gastrointestinal viruses such as noroviruses. Methodically, the team around Gisa Gerold, who received her Diploma in Biochemistry at the Eberhard-Karls-University Tübingen with a research stay at Montana State University, uses state-of-the-art proteomics approaches to discover new host factors of emerging viruses. These studies ultimately allow an assessment of host range, tissue tropism and potentially resulting pathology.
Gisa Gerold in addition holds a guest Associate Professor position at the Wallenberg Center for Molecular Medicine (WCMM) and the Department of Clinical Microbiology, Virology at the Umeå University, Sweden. There her team pursues collaborative projects on virus host interactions of human pathogenic arboviruses and adenoviruses. Gisa Gerold received international recognition through prizes and fellowships. For her three year postdoctoral work at the "Center of Hepatitis C" at Rockefeller University, New York, USA under the direction of Professor Charles M. Rice, she obtained independent scholarships from the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, the Human Frontiers Science Program Organization (HFSPO) and the German Liver Foundation. She was awarded the Robert Koch Prize for postdocs in virology in 2017. Her doctoral thesis achievements at the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, Berlin, Germany under supervision of Professor Arturo Zychlinsky, were awarded the Otto Hahn Medal of the Max Planck Society.
Gisa Gerold is an advisory board member of the German Society for Virology (GfV) and organized GfV workshops and conferences including the “Cell Biology of Viral Infection” workshop and since 2021 the “One Health and Zoonotic Virus” workshop of the GfV. Since 2020 she heads an interdisciplinary and cross-institutional consortium of computer scientists, virologists and biochemists funded by the state of Lower Saxony. She is a member of the German Society for Virology, the German Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and the Robert Koch Society.