Hannes Stockinger received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria, in 1985. He is currently the Chairman of the Research Center for Pathophysiology, Infectiology and Immunology as well as of one of the Center’s subunits, the Institute for Hygiene and Applied Immunology in the Medical University of Vienna, where he is appointed as a Full Professor of molecular immunology. He served as an officer for many national and international societies. For instance, he was the President of the Austrian Society for Allergology and Immunology. Currently, he is a Board Member of the Austrian Science Fund, the Treasurer of the European Federation of Immunological Societies and the Chairman of the Federation of Austrian Scientific Societies that represents 30,000 Austrian Scientists of all disciplines. Stockinger has been identifying and characterizing structure and function of a number of surface receptors on T cells and dendritic cells. His contribution to the understanding of how GPI-anchored receptor proteins transduce signals across the plasma membrane was fundamental for the identification and characterization of lipid rafts-membrane devices that are believed to control signaling across the plasma membrane. Currently, he is focusing on the development of single molecule imaging to analyze the dynamic of receptors and signaling molecules in living cells under noninvasive conditions. The possibility to study the working behavior of molecules online in living cells should provide novel insight into the function of molecules in immune cells and, as a consequence, to better diagnose and cure immunological diseases as autoimmunity and allergy. During his scientific career, he published more than 150 scientific papers including a variety of original papers in the very top journals such as Cell, Science, Nature Methods, and The Journal of Experimental Medicine.
Biography Updated on 6 December 2012