My name is Marina Reus and I grew up in a sunny little town in the north of Bavaria. I started to study biology at the Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg where I also completed my bachelor thesis in the department for biotechnology and biophysics under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Markus Sauer. The aim of my work was to image cellular membranes using high resolution fluorescence microscopy. For my master studies I moved to Berlin where I studied at the Freie Universität and focused on topics of cellular and molecular biology. During that time I developed a particular interest for viruses. For my master thesis project I had a closer look at the evolution of viruses, wondering if a recombination between HIV-1 and HIV-2 had taken place in nature as an evolutionary process and if hints for this could be detected with next generation sequencing methods. For this project I worked at the Robert Koch-Institute Berlin under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Fabian Leendertz and Dr. Sébastien Calvignac-Spencer in the project group „Epidemiology of Highly Pathogenic Microorganisms“. Since April 2018 I have been a member of the Institute of Cellular Virology here in Münster, working in the project group of Prof. Schelhaas. For my Ph.D. I am going to investigate the impact of an HPV16 infection for both the virus and the infected host cells, focussing on the consequences of prolonged mitosis that is caused by nuclear entry of the viral DNA.