Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2020
    TUM Junior Fellow (ERC Starting Grant)

  • Since 2016
    Research Group Leader, Department of Internal Medicine II, Director Prof. Roland M. Schmid, Klinikum rechts der Isar of the Technical University Munich

  • 2017
    Habilitation (Specialization: Molecular biology/Virology); Department of Internal Medicine II, Klinikum rechts der Isar of the Technical University Munich (Director: Prof. Roland Schmid)

  • 2011 – 2015
    Postdoc, Department of Internal Medicine II, Director Prof. Roland M. Schmid, laboratory of PD Dr. med. Oliver Ebert, Klinikum rechts der Isar of the Technical University Munich

  • 2006 – 2011
    Doctorate, Department of Internal Medicine II, Director Prof. Roland M. Schmid, laboratory of PD Dr. med. Oliver Ebert, Klinikum rechts der Isar of the Technical University Munich

  • 2003 – 2005
    Master of Science in Forensic Science; City University of New York at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, NY, USA (Thesis work at Institute of Genetics, Helmholtz Centre Munich; Supervisor: Dr. Arne Pfeufer; 2009)

  • 1999 – 2006
    Research Coordinator at the Institute for Gene and Cell Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, NY, USA (Prof. Savio Woo)

  • 1994 – 1999
    Bachelor of Science, Major: Microbiology; Minor: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Pennsylvania State University, PA, USA

Selected publications

  • Krabbe T, Marek J, Groll T, Steiger K, Schmid RM, Krackhardt AM, Altomonte J. (2021) Adoptive T cell therapy is complemented by oncolytic virotherapy with fusogenic VSV-NDV in combination treatment of murine melanoma. Cancers, 13(5), 1044.

  • Melzer MK, Zeitlinger L, Mall S, Steiger K, Schmid RM, Ebert O, Krackhardt A, and Altomonte J. (2018) Enhanced safety and efficacy of oncolytic VSV therapy by combination with T cell receptor transgenic T cells as carriers. Mol Ther Oncolytics, 12:26-40.

  • Abdullahi S, Jäkel M, Behrend SJ, Steiger K, Topping G, Krabbe T, Colombo A, Sandig V, Schiergens TS, Thasler WE, Werner J, Lichtenthaler SF, Schmid RM, Ebert O, and Altomonte J. (2018) A novel chimeric oncolytic virus vector for improved safety and efficacy in hepatocellular carcinoma. J Virol, 92(23).

  • Krabbe T and Altomonte J. (2018) Fusogenic viruses in oncolytic immunotherapy. Cancers, 10(7).

  • Altomonte J. (2018) Liver cancer: Sensitizing hepatocellular carcinoma to ocolytic virus therapy. Nat Rev Gastroenterol Heptatol, 15(1):8-10.

  • Melzer MK, Lopez-Martinez A, Altomonte J. (2017) Oncolytic vesicular stomatitis virus as a viro-immunotherapy: defeating cancer with a “hammer” and “anvil”. Biomedicines 5(1), 8.

  • Altomonte J, Muñoz-Alvarez K, Shinozaki K, Baumgartner C, Kaissis G, Braren R, and Ebert O. (2016) Transarterial administration of oncolytic viruses for locoregional therapy of orthotopic HCC in rats. JoVE (110).

  • Marozin S, Altomonte J, Muñoz-Álvarez KA, De Toni EN, Thasler WE, Schmid RM, Ebert O. (2015) STAT3 inhibition reduces toxicity of oncolytic VSV and provides a potentially synergistic combination therapy for hepatocellular carcinoma. Cancer Gene Ther, 22(6):317-25.

  • Altomonte J and Ebert O. (2014) Sorting out Pandora’s box: discerning the dynamic roles of liver microenvironment in oncolytic virus therapy for hepatocellular carcinoma. Frontiers in Immunol, 4:85.

  • Altomonte J, Marozin S, DeToni EN, Rizzani A, Esposito I, Steiger K, Feuchtinger A, Hellerbrand C, Schmid RM, Ebert O. (2013) Antifibrotic properties of transarterial oncolytic VSV therapy for hepatocellular carcinoma in rats with thioacetamide-induced liver fibrosis. Mol Ther, 21(11):2032-42.



Complete list of publications

Media coverage

  • https://www.mri.tum.de/news/m4-award-2019-fuer-krebsforscherinnen-des-klinikums-rechts-der-isar

  • https://m4-award.org/en/award-winners.html

  • https://www.laborjournal.de/editorials/1893.php

  • https://www.research-in-germany.org/news/2019/9/2019-09-04_EU_funding_for_top-level_research_at_TUM.html

  • https://www.presseportal.de/pm/16314/4365054

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