Short CV/Education and training

  • 1986 – 1992
    Studied human medicine, University of Debrecen, Hungary

  • 1992 – 1993
    Advanced training in medicine, University of Debrecen, Hungary

  • 1993 – 2005
    Physician (advanced training) and specialist, Department of Anaesthesiology and Operative Intensive-Care Medicine, University Medical Centre Giessen, Germany

  • 1999
    Specialist in Anaesthesiology

  • 1999
    Doctorate (Dr. med.) in the Physiology Department at Giessen University, Germany

  • 1999
    Research grant from the German Research Foundation (DFG) to the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA

  • 2001
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification): Anaesthesiology

  • 2003 – 2006
    Head of a Collaborative Research Centre (SFB 547) funded by the DFG, Giessen University, Germany

  • Since 2006
    Professor of anaesthesiology with a focus on experimental anaesthesiology, Medical University of Graz (MUG), Austria

  • 2007-2013 Dean of doctoral studies at the MUG

  • 2010-2017 Director of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Lung Vascular Research in Graz

  • Since 2017 Vice Rector and Dean for Medicine of the Johannes Kepler University Linz

Selected publications

  • Auer-Grumbach M, Olschewski A et al. 2010. Alterations in the ankyrin domain of TRPV4 cause congenital distal SMA, scapuloperoneal SMA and HMSN2C. Nature Genet 42: 160-164.

  • Tang B et al. 2009. Endothelin-1 inhibits background two-pore domain channel task-1 in primary human pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol 41: 476-483.

  • Weissmann N et al. 2007. Classical transient receptor potential channel 6 (TRPC6) is essential for hypoxic pulmonary vasoconstriction and alveolar gas exchange. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 103: 19093-19098.

  • Weir EK & Olschewski A. 2006. Role of ion channels in acute and chronic response of pulmonary vasculature to hypoxia. Cardiovasc Res 71: 630-641.

  • Hong Z et al. 2006. Role of store-operated calcium channels and calcium sensitization in normoxic contraction of the ductus arteriosus. Circulation 114: 1372-1379.

  • Olschewski A et al. 2006. Impact of TASK-1 in human pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells. Circ Res 98: 1072-1080.

  • Olschewski A et al. 1998. Blockade of Na+ and K+ currents by local anesthetics in the dorsal horn neurons of the spinal cord Anesthesiology 88: 172-180.

  • Olschewski A et al. 1996. ATP-dependent potassium channel in rat cardiomyocytes is blocked by lidocaine. – Possible impact on the antiarrhythmic action of lidocaine Circulation 93: 656-659.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Recent research see Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Lung Vascular Research (

  • Collaborative Research Centre (SFB 547): Cardiopulmonary Vasculature

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Dean of doctoral studies at the Medical University of Graz, Austria, since 2007-2013

  • Member of the medical advisory board, Kinder PPH Forschungsverein (a non-profit research foundation for the study of primary pulmonary hypertension in children), Vienna, Austria, since 2007

  • Member of the scientific advisory board of the Behring-Röntgen Foundation, Marburg, Germany, since 2007

  • Depty chair of the scientific advisory board of the Behring-Röntgen Foundation, Marburg, Germany, since 2016

Additional qualifications

  • Specialist in anaesthesiology, 1999

  • Specialist in specialised pain therapy, 2005

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Additional interests

  • university leaderhsip


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