Curriculum Vitae of Veronika Sexl


Prof. Veronika Sexl is an established researcher with international visibility in the field of cancer research with a focus on tumor surveillance and signalling in leukemogenesis. Her research received several distinctions and awards and she serves as reviewer for numerous high impact factor journals. As of June 2015 she has co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications with cumulative impact factor points of 797, totalling more than 3,200 citations and her Hirsch Factor is 27 according to Research Gate. 2

Since Veronika Sexl has become principal investigator she has attracted more than 6.5M€ in external funds from national and international sources. She has an outstanding track record in promoting the career of her research staff and maintains numerous international collaborations with leaders in the fields of tumour surveillance and oncogenic signalling. Her management experience is extensive and she serves as member on numerous boards, including the council of the Medical University Vienna and the European Hematology Association (EHA). She also serves as the Austrian delegate for the council of EMBO/EMBL.



Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology
University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna (VetmedUni)
Veterinaerplatz 1
A-1210 Vienna
Tel: 0043-1-25077-2910
Email: veronika.sexl(at) 3 4 5


Personal Data:


Place of Birth: Vienna, Austria
Date of Birth: February 27th, 1966
Nationality: Austrian
Acad. Degree: Univ. Prof. Dr. med. univ.
Family Status: two sons, born 1999 and 2004
Current Position: Chair, Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna


Scientific Education and Career History:


1984-1992 Study of Medicine at the University of Vienna
1989-1992 Scholarship for extraordinarily success ("Leistungsstipendium")
1991-1992 Voluntary dissertation at the Clinic I of the Vienna General Hospital at the laboratory of Prof. W Base: “Characterization and in vitro sensitivity testing of a tumor of unknown origin”
1992 Doctor´s degree
1992–1996 Research Associate at the Institute of Pharmacology at the University of Vienna
1996 Three months fellowship at the laboratory of James Roberts, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, USA
1996–1998 Erwin-Schrödinger-Stipendium/postdoctoral fellowship of the FWF, Dept. Tumor Cell Biology, Laboratory of Prof. Charles J. Sherr, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, TN
1998–2000 Postdoctoral fellowship, Dept. Biochemistry, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Dept. for Biochemistry, Laboratory of Prof. James N. Ihle, Memphis, TN
2001 Venia Docendi of Pharmacology and Toxicology (Titel: “Signaling pathways involved in growth and transformation”) Extraordinary University Professor for Pharmacology and Toxicology
2002 Medical specialist for Pharmacology and Toxicology – “Facharzt”
2007 Professor for „Signal transduction and molecular targeted therapies“ at the Medical University of Vienna
2010 Chair, Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Veterinary University of Vienna


Major Awards:


2003-2005 Award for Innovative Interdisciplinary Cancer Research of the Vienna Fund
2004 Billroth-Award of the Austrian Medical Association
2005 Novartis Prize for Medicine
2006 Alois Sonnleitner Prize of the Austrian Academy of Science (ÖAW)
2008 „Großer zentraleuropäischer Preis des Fonds der Stadt Wien für innovative interdisziplinäre Krebsforschung“ - Major Award for Cancer Research of the Vienna Fund
2015 Elected member of the Austrian Academy of Science (OAW)
2017 Award for Medical Sciences of the City of Vienna


Main Research Areas:


  • Comparative and translational medicine using transgenic animals and human patient samples as disease models
  • NK cell mediated tumor surveillance with a focus on leukemia
  • Signaling pathways involved in hematopoiesis and leukemogenesis with a focus on JAK-STAT signaling and on the novel role of CDK6 as transcriptional regulator


Major Career-Related Activities:


2000-present Ad hoc referee for scientific journals and funding agencies including Nature, Blood, JCI, Cancer Cell, Cancer Discovery, ...
2006-present European Academy of Sciences - Member
2012-2016 Member of the EHA (European Hematology Association) Fellowships and Grants Committee
2014-2017 PI for the Training Program in Translational Medicince of the American Society for Hematology (ASH) and EHA
2013-2018 Member of the Supervisory Board of the Medical University of Vienna "Unirat"
2014-present Austrian delegate for EMBO/EMBL
2015-present Editorial Board Member for Blood
2015-2017 Member of the EHA Board
since 07/2016 Head of the Senate of the University for Veterinary Medicine Vienna


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