Tobias Zöller studied Molecular Bioscience at the Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main beginning in 2011. During his studies he focused on Molecular Genetics and Cellular Microbiology and did his master thesis in the lab of Prof. Dr. Karl-Dieter Entian in September 2013. He joined the lab of Alexander Steinle in June 2014 for his doctoral thesis focussing on the ligands of activating immunoreceptor NKG2D.
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