Postdoctoral fellows, PhD and diploma students at the CCRI
Postdoctoral fellows, PhD and diploma students at the CCRI

Michael Traxlmayr, Dipl.-Ing. Dr.

Postdoc at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research

I got the opportunity to do my master thesis at the CCRI under the supervision of Thomas Felzmann and Alexander Dohnal. I extremely enjoyed my time there, not only because of working on an interesting project, but also because of having great colleagues, who were always helpful and spread a highly enjoyable working atmosphere. The people at CCRI clearly aroused my enthusiasm for science, which has never stopped since then.

PD Dr. Adelheid Cerwenka

Head of the Boveri Junior Research Group ‘Innate Immunity’ at the German Cancer Research Centre (DKFZ)

Adelheid Cerwenka studied pharmacy at the University of Vienna and received her PhD in immunology, working primarily at the Institute of Immunology, the CCRI and the St. Anna Children´s hospital, under supervision of Prof. Knapp and Prof. Holter. After several years as a post-doc at the University of California and the DNAX research institute, she returned to Vienna and became head of the division of autoimmune diseases at the Novartis research institute. PD Dr. Adelheid Cerwenka has been leading the Boveri Junior Research Group ‘Innate Immunity’ at the German Cancer Research Centre (DKFZ) since 2003. In 2009, she was awarded the Georges Köhler Prize for outstanding research achievements, studying natural killer cells and their importance in combating tumours. 

Mag. Dr. Friedrich Erhart

Research intern at the Center of Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of SciencesCeMM

"My time at the St. Anna Children's Cancer Research Institute (CCRI) was an absolutely inspiring experience. During my medical studies I did research here on Dendritic Cells under the supervision of Thomas Felzmann and Alexander Dohnal. It was great to do immunology in theory and practice and participate in a project that is linking lab research and clinical application very closely. Not only were all the people I met at CCRI highly professional, they were also tremendously helpful and great to work with."


Jan Trka, M.D., Ph.D

Professor of Medical Genetics, Head - Laboratory Centre CLIP – Childhood Leukaemia Investigation Prague, Charles University Prague Czech Republic

“I spent an exciting time at CCRI in 1994 during my PhD studies on fusion genes BCR/ABL and MLL/AF4 under the supervision of Prof. Thomas Lion, who played a crucial role in the start of my research carrier and with whom I also published my first two papers as a senior author. CCRI served as a “blueprint” for the development of the Laboratory Centre of our Department in Prague. Moreover, at CCRI I met a group of important scientists in the field whom I regularly meet and collaborate with till now.”

Prof. Angelika Berger, MD, MBA

Professor of Child and Adolescent Medicine

Division of Neonatology, Pediatric Intensive Care and Neuropediatrics
Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
Medical University Vienna

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Dr. Markus Horcher

Director Quality & Project Management Office at Borealis AG, Austria

Dr. Markus Horcher collaborated with Prof. Thomas Felzmann at CCRI in 1999/2000 during his civil servant/Zivildiener service, on the development of an immune therapeutic for the treatment of pediatric cancer based on IL-12 producing dendritic cells for the activation of cytotoxic T cells. After concluding his research at CCRI he went on to become a Consultant at McKinsey & Company, Inc. for the next four years.