Michael O. Hottiger (Prof. Dr.med.vet et phil.II), was born in Zurich (Switzerland) where he studied Veterinary Medicine and Molecular Biology (University of Zurich). He then moved to the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, USA) before accepting 1998 a position as principal investigator at the University of Zurich. He was promoted in 2002 to full professor for Molecular Biology at the Institute of Veterinary Biochemsitry and Molecular Biology of the University of Zurich and is acting director of the Department of Molecular Mechanisms of Disease.

In 2001 he received the Dr. Ernst Th. Jucker Award and in 2004 the PHOENIX Pharmazie-Wissenschaftspreis. He is also co-founder of DUALSYSTEMS Biotech AG.

The research in Michael O. Hottiger’s group is focused on the molecular mechanisms of NF-kappaB-dependent gene expression during inflammation.