Zehra Karaköse is a Master student at the Institute for HIV Research at the University Hospital Essen. In 2016 she completed her study in human genetics as a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) at the University of Duisburg-Essen. She joined the Institute for HIV Research in October 2017 and is working on her Master thesis. She is investigating the phenotypic immune response during different chronic viral infections in mice compared to humans.