Curriculum vitae

Main Research Areas
  • Metabolic Adaptation
  • Sepsis
Professional Career
Since 2020 Postdoctoral researcher, Jena University Hospital and Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology—Hans Knöll Institute; Head: Prof. Dr. Sebastian Weis.
2020 Dr. rer. nat. in Immunology, “magna cum laude”, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany.
2015 – 2019 Doctoral researcher, Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology—Hans Knöll Institute; Project: “Modulation of dendritic cell function by the fungal quorum sensing molecule farnesol”. Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Oliver Kurzai.
2014 – 2015 PhD student in Biochemistry; Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research.
2007 – 2013 Diploma in Biology, Central University of Venezuela;  Project: „Role of regulatory T cells in the immunopathology of HIV-infected children”

Publications

Vivas W, Weis S (2022) Tidy up - The unfolded protein response in sepsis. Front Immunol 13, 980680. (Review)
Marolda A, Hünniger K, Böttcher S, Vivas W, Löffler J, Figge MT, Kurzai O (2020) Candida species-dependent release of IL-12 by dendritic cells induces different levels of NK cell stimulation. J Infect Dis 221(12), 2060-2071.
Vivas W, Leonhardt I, Hünniger K, Häder A, Marolda A, Kurzai O (2019) Multiple signaling pathways involved in human dendritic cell maturation are affected by the fungal quorum-sensing molecule farnesol. J Immunol 203(11), 2959-2969.