Dr. Christiane Wobus is an associate professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, MI, USA. In 1997, she received her M.S. from Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA, and her PhD from the University of Heidelberg, Germany, in 2000. She returned to the USA to perform her postdoctoral work at Washington University in St. Louis, MO, where she co-discovered murine norovirus and her interest in enteric viruses was ignited. Today her laboratory investigates different aspects of noroviruses and astroviruses, major causes of gastroenteritis worldwide. The research questions include studies of virus-host and virus-bacteria interactions and use a combination of cell culture and mouse models. The long-term goal of her research program is to gain a better understanding of these viruses and identify conserved features that may lead to the development of effective prevention and control strategies for viral causes of gastroenteritis.