Dr. Aline Koch studied Biology at the Justus-Liebig University, Giessen and graduated as MS in 2010. Since then she joined the research group of Prof. Karl-Heinz Kogel at the Institute of Phytopathology. She received her PhD degree in 2013 at the same institution. At this time, she was one of the first scientists working in the field of RNAi-based plant protection. In the first year of her postdoc, she additionally developed a non-GMO RNA spray approach (SIGS) in cooperation with BASF. Since 2014 she is a group leader with the research focus: RNAi-silencing mediated plant immunity.