Short CV/Education and training

  • 1967 – 1970
    Elementary school in Uberlandia/Brazil

  • 1971 – 1977
    High school in Uberlandia/Brazil

  • 1978 – 1981
    Dental school at the Federal University of Uberlandia, Minas Gerais State, Brazil; finished with the degree D.D.S. (Doctor in Dental Surgery)

  • 1982 – 1987
    Graduate student at the Department of Biochemistry, University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo state, Brazil. Title of thesis: "Experimental sialadenosis: changes in glucose metabolism in rat submandibular gland" (under the supervision of Dr. Jose Nicolau). Graduate studies finished in April 1987 with the title D.B.S. (Doctor in Biochemical Sciences)

  • 1987 – 1988
    Research assistant at the Department of Morphological Sciences/Federal University of Santa Catarina State, Santa Catarina, Brazil

  • 1988 – 1990
    Post-doctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Anders Bennick, Department of Biochemistry, University of Toronto, Canada

  • 1990 – 1992
    Research assistant at the Institute of General and Experimental Pathology/University of Vienna, Austria

  • 1992 – 2000
    Assistant Professor at the Institute of Genetics and General Biology/University of Salzburg, Austria.

  • 1998
    Diploma thesis at the University of Vienna, Austria. Title of thesis: "Molecular basis of immunoglobulin E recognition of Bet v 1, the major allergen of birch pollen". Academic degree "Mag.rer.nat." (equivalent to MSc)

  • 2000
    "Habilitation", granted "venia docendi" for Genetics at the Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Salzburg, Austria

  • 2000 – 2010
    Associate Professor at the Department of Molecular Biology/University of Salzburg, Austria

  • Since 2010
    Full Professor at the Department of Molecular Biology/University of Salzburg, Austria

Selected publications

  • Ferreira, F. et al.: Dissection of IgE-binding and T lymphocyte reactivity of isoforms of Bet v 1, the major birch pollen allergen: Potential use of hypoallergenic isoforms for immunotherapy. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2192443/pdf/je1832599.pdf. J. Exp. Med. 183: 599-609, 1996

  • Ferreira, F. et al.: Modulation of IgE-reactivity of allergens by site-directed mutagenesis: potential use of hypoallergenic variants for immunotherapy. Online ISSN: 1530-6860. FASEB J. 12: 231-242, 1998

  • Himly, M. et al.: Art v 1, the major allergen of mugwort pollen is a modular glycoprotein with a defensin-like and a hydroxyproline-rich domain. doi:10.1096/fj.02-0472fje. FASEB J 17:106-8, 2003

  • Ferreira, F., Wallner, M., Thalhamer, J.: Costumized antigens and immunomodulations for desensitizing allergic patients. doi:10.1016/S0065-2776(04)84003-3. Adv. Immunol. 84: 79-129, 2004

  • Mutschlechner, S. et al.: Naturally processed T cell-activating peptides of the major birch pollen allergen. doi:10.1016/j.jaci.2009.10.052. J. Allergy Clin. Immunol. 125: 711-718, 2010

  • Razzera, G. et al.: Mapping the interactions of human IgE with a novel fold for allergens. doi:10.1016/j.str.2010.05.012. Structure 18: 1011-1021, 2010

  • Valenta, R., Ferreira, F., Focke-Tejkl, M., Linhart, b., Niederberger, V., Swoboda, I., Vrtala, S.: From allergen genes to allergy vaccines. DOI: 10.1146/annurev-immunol-030409-101218. Ann. Rev. Immunol. 28: 211-241, 2010

  • Wallner, M. et al.: Reshaping the Bet v 1-fold modulates T-helper polarization. doi:10.1016/j.jaci.2011.01.064. J. Allergy Clin. Immunol, 127:1571-1578, 2011

  • Egger M, Jürets A, Wallner M, Briza P, Ruzek S, Hainzl, S, Pichler, U, Kitzmüller C, Bohle B, Huber CG, Ferreira F.: Assessing protein immunogenicity with a dendritic cell Line-derived endolysosomal degradome. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0017278. PLoS ONE 6 (2):e17278, 2011


Selected projects

  • Novel vaccines for allergen-specific immunotherapy of ragweed pollen allergy, EU-Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship Program, 2010 – 2012

  • Structural characteristics and immunogenicity of allergen vaccines, FWF (L688), 2009 – 2012

  • ‘Immunity in cancer and Allergy’, FWF PhD Program (W1213), individual project, 2006 – 2014

  • Christian Doppler Laboratory for Allergy Diagnostic and Therapy. Christian Doppler Research Association, 2006 – 2013

  • Coordinator of FWF National Research Network "Immunobiology of Allergens and Allergen-Specific Immune Responses" and individual project, FWF (S8801, S8802), 2000 – 2005

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Vice-Rector for Research at the University of Salzburg, Austria, 2011 – 2015

  • Appointed Member of the Jury for the ?Sparkling Science? Program of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research (BMWF), 2009 – 2013

  • Appointed Member of the Committee for Fellowships of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, 2009 – 2013

  • Member of the University Council, University of Nat. Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, 2008 – 2011

  • Member of the Advisory Board of the FWF, 2006 – 2011

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