I carried out my medical education and residency at the University of Vienna, before taking on a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of California, which included a joint appointment with the Scripps Research Institute. In 1994, I returned to Vienna where I have since been working. Since 2004, I have been Professor of Vascular Biology at the Medical University of Vienna. I am leading a clinical and an experimental group in vascular medicine. I was in the past nominated as Caring Physician of the World.