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Elaine Fuchs to give Max Birnstiel Lecture

17 Apr 2019

The Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) cordially invites you to attend the talk

‘Skin stem cells: coping with stress, inflammation and cancer’
By Elaine Fuchs
The Rockefeller University, New York City

Date: Wed., 24 April 2019, 11.00 a.m.
Venue: IMP Lecture Hall, Campus-Vienna-Biocenter 1, 1030 Vienna

Elaine Fuchs studies the biology and molecular mechanisms of mammalian skin and skin diseases in their development from stem cells to differentiated skin and hair. A major focus of the lab is on squamous cell carcinomas, among the most common and life threatening of human cancers worldwide. Fuchs’ research group couples in-vitro studies with classical genetics, RNAi, and CRISPR-Cas technologies in mice to study the biology of skin stem cells. Fuchs and her team investigate how stem cells establish unique chromatin landscapes and programs of gene expression, and how these shift in response to changes in their local environment. As HHMI investigator, Fuchs is currently the Rebecca C. Lancefield Professor of Mammalian Cell Biology and Development at The Rockefeller University in New York City.

Among the many awards and honours that Elaine Fuchs received in recognition of her groundbreaking discoveries are the Dickson Prize (2004); National Medal of Science (2008); L’Oréal-UNESCO Award (2010); Passano Award (2011); Albany Medical Center Prize (2011); March of Dimes Prize (2012); Pezcoller Foundation-AACR International Award (2014); E.B. Wilson Medal (2015); and Howard Taylor Ricketts Award (2017).

Elaine Fuchs has long-standing links to the Vienna BioCenter, and is the chair of IMBA’s Scientific Advisory Board. For this Max Birnstiel Lecture, Fuchs was invited by IMP Scientific Director Jan-Michael Peters.

About the Max Birnstiel Lectures

The Max Birnstiel Lectures are a special series of seminars at the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) in Vienna. They are named after the founding director of the institute, Max L. Birnstiel, who passed away in 2014. Each year, five to six scientists are invited to deliver one of these lectures. Previous lecturers are distinguished leaders in their respective fields among them a number of Nobel Prize laureates. The Max Birnstiel Lectures attract considerable attention in the wider scientific community and invariably draw a large audience to the IMP.

Programme of the Max Birnstiel Lectures