Gerhard Wiche received the Ph.D. degree in chemistry/biochemistry from the University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria, in 1971. He received his postdoctoral training at the Roche Institute of Molecular Biology, Nutley, NJ, USA (1971–1973) and at the Biochemistry Department, University of California at Berkeley (1974–1976). Since 1991, he is a Full Professor and a Chair at the Max F. Perutz Laboratories, Molecular Cell Biology Department, University of Vienna. He has received the Austrian Theodor Körner Award, Sandoz Prize for Biology, and Hoechst Prize. In addition, he was an Editor of the Protoplasm (1986–1992), and served on the editorial boards of the European Journal of Cell Biology (1987–1994) and Cell Motility and the Cytoskeleton (1994–2000). In 1988, he organized an EMBO Workshop on Assembly and Dynamics of the Cytomatrix. Wiche is heading a research team working in the area of the cytoskeleton and its role in development, stress response, and disease. Twenty five years ago his group had discovered and extensively characterized a ubiquitous cytoskeletal protein (plectin) of gigantic size that became the prototype of what meanwhile is a large family of similar proteins, collectively called cytolinkers. The major research tools of the group are transgenic mouse models mimicking human diseases related to cytolinker proteins.
Biography Updated on 19 October 2008