Short CV/Education and training

  • 1955 – 1962
    Studied chemistry at the University of Vienna, Austria

  • 1962 – 1963
    Studied microbiology and genetics at the University of Washington in Seattle, USA

  • 1965 – 1962
    Doctorate in chemistry at the University of Vienna, Austria

  • 1966 – 1967
    Assistant at the Institute for Biochemistry in the Medical Faculty of the University of Vienna, Austria

  • Since 1968
    Assistant at the Institute for Cancer Research at the University of Vienna, Austria

  • 1974
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) in biochemistry at the University of Würzburg, Germany

  • 1974 – 1978
    Employed in the Département de biologie moléculaire at the University of Geneva, Switzerland

  • 1977
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) in biochemistry at the University of Vienna, Austria

  • 1993 – 1967
    Adjunct professor in the Medical Faculty of the University of Vienna, Austria

  • Since 2001
    Regular lectures at the Max F. Perutz Laboratories

Selected publications

  • Wintersberger, U., Wintersberger, E.: Studies on deoxyribonucleic acid polymerases from yeast. 1. Partial purification and properties of two DNA polymerases from mitochondria-free cell extracts. In: Eur J Biochem 13(1), 1970. S. 9-11.

  • Wintersberger, U., Wintersberger, E.: Studies on deoxyribonucleic acid polymerases from yeast. 2. Partial purification and characterization of mitochondrial DNA polymerase from wild type and respiration-deficient yeast cells. In: Eur J Biochem 13(1), 1970. S. 7-20.

  • Wintersberger, U., Smith, P., Letnansky, K.: Yeast chromatin. Preparation from isolated nuclei, histone composition and transcription capacity. In: Eur J Biochem. 33(1), 1973. S. 30-123.

  • Wintersberger, U.: Absence of a low-molecular-weight DNA polymerase from nuclei of the yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae. In: Eur J Biochem. 50(1), 1974. S. 197-202.

  • Wintersberger, U.: Chemical carcinogenesis – the price for DNA-repair? In: Naturwissenschaften 69(3), 1982. S. 13-107. Review.

  • Schiestl, R., Wintersberger, U.: Induction of mating type interconversion in a heterothallic strain of Saccharomyces cerevisiae by DNA damaging agents. In: Mol Gen Genet. 191(1), 1983. S. 59-65.

  • Wintersberger, U., Wintersberger, E.: RNA makes DNA: a speculative view of the evolution of DNA replication mechanisms. In: Trends in Genetics 3, 1987. S. 198-202.

  • Klein, F., Karwan, A., Wintersberger, U.: Pedigree analyses of yeast cells recovering from DNA damage allow assignment of lethal events to individual post-treatment generations. In: Genetics 124(1), 1994. S. 57-65.

  • Wintersberger, U.: On the origins of genetic variants. In: FEBS Lett. 285(2), 1991. S. 160-164. Review.

  • Harata, M., Karwan, A., Wintersberger, U.: An essential gene of Saccharomyces cerevisiae coding for an actin-related protein. In: Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 91(17), 1994. S. 8258-8262. Erratum in: Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, 91(22), 1994, S. 10757.

  • Frank, P. et al: Cloning of the cDNA encoding the large subunit of human RNase HI, a homologue of the prokaryotic RNase HII. In: Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 95(22), 1998. S. 12872-12877.

  • Heidenreich, E. et al: Non-homologous end joining as an important mutagenic process in cell cycle-arrested cells. In: EMBO J. 22(9), 2003. S. 2274-2283.

  • Görzer, I. et al: The nuclear actin-related protein Act3p/Arp4p of Saccharomyces cerevisiae is involved in transcription regulation of stress genes. In: Mol Microbiol. 50(4), 2003. S. 1155-1171.


Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the Genetic Society of America

  • Reviewer for biochemistry / molecular biology journals

  • Grant application reviewer for the Israel Science Foundation, 2010

  • Vice president of the Austrian Biochemistry Association, since 1991

  • Department head for the molecular genetics of tumour genesis at the Institute for Tumour Biology and Cancer Research, since 1991

  • President of the Austrian Biochemistry Association, 1989 – 1991

  • Elected member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO), since 1986

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