Short CV/Education and training

  • 1984 – 1989
    Attended school in Thusis and Chur, Switzerland

    1986 – 1989
    Studied biology, University of Pavia, Italy

  • 1990 – 1992
    Doctoral studies (genetics and molecular biology), University of Pavia

  • 1993 – 1996
    Postdoc at the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP), Vienna, Austria

  • 1996 – 1998
    Staff Scientist at the IMP, Vienna

  • 1999 – 2002
    Assistant professor in the Department of Dermatology at the Medical University of Vienna

  • 2002
    venia docendi (authorisation to teach) in molecular biology and genetics at the University of Vienna

  • 2002 – 2007
    Adjunct professor in the Department of Dermatology at the Medical University of Vienna

  • Since 2007
    Professor of cellular and molecular tumour biology

  • Since 2010
    Head of the Institute of Cancer Research at the Medical University of Vienna (MUW)

Selected publications

  • Lichtenberger, B. M., P. K. Tan, H. Niederleithner, N. Ferrara, P. Petzelbauer, and M. Sibilia. 2010. Autocrine VEGF signaling synergizes with EGFR in tumor cells to promote epithelial cancer development. Cell 140:268-279.

  • Holcmann, M., P. Stoitzner, B. Drobits, P. Luehrs, G. Stingl, N. Romani, D. Maurer, and M. Sibilia. 2009. Skin inflammation is not sufficient to break tolerance induced against a novel antigen. J Immunol 183:1133-1143.

  • Natarajan, A., B. Wagner, and M. Sibilia. 2007. The EGF receptor is required for efficient liver regeneration. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 104:17081-17086.

  • Wagner, B., A. Natarajan, S. Grunaug, R. Kroismayr, E. F. Wagner, and M. Sibilia. 2006. Neuronal survival depends on EGFR signaling in cortical but not midbrain astrocytes. EMBO J 25:752-762.

  • Palamara, F., S. Meindl, M. Holcmann, P. Luhrs, G. Stingl, and M. Sibilia. 2004. Identification and characterization of pDC-like cells in normal mouse skin and melanomas treated with imiquimod. J Immunol 173:3051-3061.

  • Sibilia, M., B. Wagner, A. Hoebertz, C. Elliott, S. Marino, W. Jochum, and E. F. Wagner. 2003. Mice humanised for the EGF receptor display hypomorphic phenotypes in skin, bone and heart. Development 130:4515-4525.

  • Behrens*, A., M. Sibilia*, J. P. David, U. Mohle-Steinlein, F. Tronche, G. Schutz, and E. F. Wagner. 2002. Impaired postnatal hepatocyte proliferation and liver regeneration in mice lacking c-jun in the liver. EMBO J 21:1782-1790. * equal contribution

  • Sibilia, M., A. Fleischmann, A. Behrens, L. Stingl, J. Carroll, F. M. Watt, J. Schlessinger, and E. F. Wagner. 2000. The EGF receptor provides an essential survival signal for SOS-dependent skin tumor development. Cell 102:211-220.

  • Sibilia, M., Steinbach, L. Stingl, A. Aguzzi, and E. F. Wagner. 1998. A strain-independent postnatal neurodegeneration in mice lacking the EGF receptor. EMBO J 17:719-731.

  • Sibilia, M., and E. F. Wagner. 1995. Strain-dependent epithelial defects in mice lacking the EGF receptor. Science 269:234-238.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • DK-Inflammation and Immunity

  • Austrian Network for Functional Mouse Genetics

  • Role of EGFR-L in wound healing

  • Identification, development and validation of novel therapeutics targeting programmed cell death in tumours

  • Mechanisms of Establishment and Maintenance of Immunological Tolerance

  • Molecular characterization of the EGFR in neural cells

  • Mechanisms of immune surveillance in the skin

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the board of trustees of the Vienna Fund for Innovative Interdisciplinary Cancer Research

  • Coordinator for basic research and translational research at the "Comprehensive Cancer Centre", Vienna

  • Member of the board of trustees of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF)

  • Mentor in the "gender mainstreaming" programme at the Medical University of Vienna

  • Spokesperson and coordinator of the doctoral programme "Inflammation and Immunity"

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Additional interests

  • Scholarly collaborations


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