Silke Rautenschlein studied Veterinary Medicine at the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Germany. After she finished her doctoral degree she spent six years at Department of VeterinaryPathobiology of the University of Minnestota, USA, to do her PhD-studies and postdoctoral fellowship in the area of infectious diseases and immunology of poultry. She returned to Germany in 2001 to join the Clinic of Poultry at the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover. In 2002, 2003, and 2010 she received her recognition as a certified specialist in microbiology and poultry, as well as her diplomat status in the European College of Poultry Veterinary Science. Since 2007 she has a full professorship at the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, and since 2011 she is the director of the Clinic for Poultry. Silke Rautenschlein’s research addresses questions in poultry health, including animal welfare aspects, infectious diseases, especially viral infections, vaccine development, and applied immunology.