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©Herr Plankensteiner

Erwin Tschachler

Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Investigative Dermatology

Department of Dermatology
Medical University of Vienna
Währinger Gürtel 18-20
A-1090 Vienna, Austria

Phone: +43 (0)1 40400-77150

ORCID: 0000-0002-0248-1798

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Clinical Curriculum

  • 06/1973: baccalaureate from Realgymnasium Villach, Villach Austria
  • 06/1978: M.D. degree from the University of Vienna, Austria
  • 1983-1986: Dermatology Residency, Dept of Dermatology I, Univ. of Vienna Medical School (Chairman: Prof. Klaus Wolff)
  • 1989-1992: Staff member at the Dept of Dermatology I Univ. of Vienna Medical School
  • 07/1990: Appointment as Associate Professor of Dermatology
  • 1992-1996: Staff member at the Department of Dermatology Univ. of Vienna Medical School
  • 11/1996: Full Professorship of Dermatology and Venereology at the Medical University of Vienna
  • 10/2019: Retirement from University position
  • 6/2022: Elected Editor in Chief of the JID

Research Curriculum

  • 1982-1986: Immundermatological research under guidance of Prof. Georg Stingl
  • 1986-1989: Retrovirological Research at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda MD, USA under the guidance of Drs. M. S. Reitz Jr. and R.C. Gallo
  • 1989-1996: Senior investigator at the Dept. of Dermatology, Univ. of Vienna Medical School.
  • 1996-2004: Laboratory chief at Dept  of Dermatology at Univ. of Vienna Medical School
  • 1996-2012: Scientific Director of the CE.R.I.E.S., (established and funded by Chanel) Neuilly sur Seine, France 
  • 2004-2019: Head of Research Division for Skin Biology and Pathobiology at the  Department of Dermatology, Medical University of Vienna
  • 2019-present: Research associate, Department of Dermatology, Medical University of Vienna

Relevant scholarships/awards

  • 1986-1988: Max Kade Fellowship
  • 1986: Unilever Award of the Austrian Society of Dermatology
  • 1987: AIDS Research Award of the Austrian Society for Immunology and Allergology;
  • 1990, 1994: Award of the Hoechst AG
  • 1994: Ferdinand von Hebra Award of the Austrian Society of Dermatology
  • 1999: AESCA Award of the Austrian Society of Dermatology
  • 2011: Hellerström Lecturer, Department of Dermatology, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 2013: Visiting Professorship University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland
  • 2014: Member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
  • 2015: Inaugural Alan Cooper Epiderm Lecture, University of Queensland, Brisbane Australia
  • 2015: Honorary Fellow’ of the Australasian College of Dermatologists,
  • 2017: Gerald Levene Oration at the Royal Society of Medicine
  • 2020: Scientific Achievement Award of the European Academy  of Dermatology and Venereology

Honorary Memberships in medical/scientific societies

  • 2012: Romanian Society of Dermatology and Venereology
  • 2013: Finnish Society of Dermatology
  • 2013: Serbian Society of Dermatology and Venereology (2013), the
  • 2015: Greek Society of Dermatology and Venereology
  • 2016: Lithuanian Society of Dermatology
  • 2016: French Society of Dermatology
  • 2019: European Society of Dermatological Research

Positions held in professional societies

  • European Academy  of Dermatology and Venereology (EADV)  (Board member since 2001, Secretary General 2010-2012 EADV EADV President Elect 2012-2014, President 2014-2016, Past President 2016-2018)
  • Austrian Society of Dermatology and Venerology  (OEGDV) (Board member since 1994, President 2012-2014)
  • Austrian AIDS Society (founding member 1990, board member, president 2001-2004)
  • Arbeitsgemeinschaft Dermatologische Forschung (ADF) (board member 1990-1994)
  • European Society of Dermatological Research (ESDR) (board member 1999-2004)

More than 300 peer-reviewed scientific articles in international, peer reviewed journals

Main Scientific Contributions:

  • Discovery of a new cell type (gamma delta T cells) in mouse skin (first author)
  • first description of dendritic cells in airway epithelium (co-author)
  • first demonstration of HIV-infection in cells of the dendritic cell/macrophage lineage (first author)
  • first demonstration of HIV replication in Langerhans cells (corresponding author)
  • demonstration of lymphotoxin regulation by HTLV-1 regulatory genes (first author)
  • characterisation of the cellular lineage of Kaposi’s sarcoma tumor cells (corresponding author)
  • Demonstration that T cells rather than B cells are the targets of HHV-6 infection (co-author);
  • Demonstration that caspase 12 is inactivated in humans (corresponding author)
  • Demonstration of the involvement of Caspase 14 in terminal keratinocyte differentiation (corresponding author);
  • Demonstration of filaggrin knock down on skin barrier function in vitro(corresponding author);
  • Demonstration that disruption of terminal keratinocyte differentiation by knockdown of AP1 transcription factors results in a psoriasis-like phenotype in mice (co-author)
  • Demonstration that histamine is able to impairs the formation of a fully functional skin barrier vitro (corresponding author)

Measure of my published work:

Citation report – Web of Science

  • cumulative citations >16.000    
  • H-index 69