Born and raised in Warsaw, Poland, got primary training in microbiology and immunology at the University of Warsaw. Immigrated to Canada via Spain. Received the postgraduate education at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, AB, Canada and postdoctoral training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, USA and the Max Planck Institute in Berlin, Germany. Temporary Research Consultant at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in Adelaide, South Australia. After being a group leader for 6 years in the Max Planck Intitute, she joined in 2006 the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at the Charite University Hospital in Berlin, where is leads the research laboratory.