born 1968 in Klagenfurt, studied Archeology and Ancient History in Graz. She worked at excavation sites like Hemmaberg as a student and helped catalog ceramic findings from Ephesus. She worked for the Austrian Academy of Sciences for ten years and became head of the Austrian Archelogy Institute in 2009. In 2010, she was made head of excavation in Ephesus and was named “scientist of the year” in 2011. She has published numerous works.