Michael Mahler studied biology at the universities of Kaiserslautern and Heidelberg (both Germany). He received his Ph.D. from the institute of molecular genetics at the University of Heidelberg (Germany). During his Ph.D. thesis, Michael Mahler worked at the Scripps research institute in the laboratory of Prof. Eng Tan. Later on, he worked at different diagnostic companies and is currently Vice President of Research at INOVA Diagnostics. His research is focused on the B-cell autoimmune response in autoimmune diseases and the discovery of novel autoantigens. In addition, he works on the development and characterization of novel diagnostic assays for the diagnosis of autoimmune diseases.