My name is Martina Di Fede and I grew up in a little town close to Venice (Italy). I studied Cellular and Molecular Biology at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata” (Italy). Curiosity drove me to explore several research topics during my scientific formation including host-pathogen interactions in salmonellosis (Bachelor thesis) and meningococcal diseases (PhD thesis), formation of inhibitory circuits in the hippocampus during development (Master thesis) and development of a new RNA based vaccine (PhD). After performing my PhD research activities at GSK Vaccines (Italy), I joined the Schelhaas lab as a postdoc to investigate host-pathogen interactions during Papillomavirus infection of human keratinocytes comparing different cell models of increasing complexity.