Beate Lichtenberger obtained her PhD from the University of Vienna in 2009. She completed her doctorate studies in Genetics and Microbiology under the supervision of Prof. Maria Sibilia at the Institute of Cancer Research in Vienna, where she addressed how EGFR, VEGFR and ITGB1 signalling cooperate in epidermal stem cells to promote cancer and control immune responses of the skin. In 2011, Beate joined the lab of Prof. Fiona Watt, one of the world-leading labs in skin and stem cell biology, at the University in Cambridge and later at King’s College London as a postdoctoral fellow. She dissected niche signalling in the skin, and identified that skin dermis comprises two fibroblast lineages with different functions in skin physiology and pathology. Since April 2016 she is a principal investigator at the Department of Dermatology at the Medical University of Vienna.
Beate has received numerous awards and honours including: Beverly
McKinnel Award 2006, Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds PhD Fellowship, THP
Research Award 2010, sanofi-aventis Research Award 2010, EMBO and FEBS
Long-term Fellowships, Heinz Maurer Award for Dermatological Research
2014, Award for Innovative Cancer Research from the City of Vienna 2014, the Unilever Award/ Austrian Dermatology Award 2016, and the Research Award 2018 of the Austrian Society of Dermatology.