Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2003
    Head of the "Innate immunity" independent Boveri junior research group at the German Cancer Research Centre (DKFZ), Heidelberg, Germany

  • 2001 – 2003
    Laboratory director, Department of Autoimmune Diseases, Novartis Research Institute, Vienna, Molecular immunology: "Target identification and validation"

  • 1998 – 2001
    Postdoc, DNAX Research Institute, Palo Alto, CA, and University of California, San Francisco, USA

  • 1996 – 1998
    Postdoc, University of California, San Diego, CA, USA through 1996 and at the Trudeau Institute, NY, USA

  • 1991 – 1995
    Dissertation, Vienna International Cooperation Centre, Institute of Immunology, University of Vienna

  • 1986 – 1991
    Diplom degree in pharmacy, Faculty of Natural Science, University of Vienna, Austria

Selected publications

  • Cerwenka, A., Lanier, L.L.: NK cells, viruses and cancer. In: Nature Immunol. Rev. 1, 2001. pp. 41-49.

  • Cerwenka, A. et al.: Retinoic acid early inducible genes define a ligand family for the activating NKG2D receptor in mice. In: Immunity 12, 2000. pp. 721-727.

  • Cerwenka, A., Baron, J.L., Lanier, L.L.: Ectopic expression of retinoic acid early inducible-1 gene (RAE-1) permits NK cell-mediated rejection of a MHC class I-bearing tumor in vivo. In: Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. (USA) 98, 2001. pp. 11521-11526.

  • Wendel, M. et al.: NK cell accumulation in tumors is dependent on IFN-g and CXCR3 ligands. In: Cancer Res. 68(20), 2008. pp. 8437-8445.

  • Nausch, N. et al.: Mononuclear Myeloid-Derived ?Suppressor? Cells express RAE-1 and activate NK cells. In: Blood 112(10), 2008. pp. 4080-4089.

  • Cerwenka, A.: New twist on the regulation of NKG2D ligand expression. In: J Exp Med. 206(2), 2009. pp. 265-268.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • German Immunological Society (DGfI)

  • Society for Natural Immunity


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