About Professor Wolfgang Weninger

I would like to unravel immunoregulatory mechanisms by directly looking inside tissues as to how cells interact with their environment.

Professor Weninger specialises in the visulaisation of immune responses in vivo.

Professor Weninger received his training in clinical dermatology at the Department of Dermatology, University of Vienna Medical School, Vienna, Austria (1992-1999). After finishing his clinical training, he spent more than four years in Professor Ulrich von Andrian’s laboratory, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA. During this time, he acquired exhaustive practical and theoretical knowledge on the regulation of immune responses in vivo, and cutting-edge approaches to track immune cells in vivo. Between 2003-2007, Professor Weninger was a Faculty member at the Wistar Institute and the Department of Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA. Recently, he was appointed Chair of the Department of Dermatology, University of Sydney. In addition, he heads an independent research group at the Centenary Institute.For the past eight years, Professor Weninger’s research has focused on elucidating the trafficking pathways of T cells and dendritic cells in health and disease. He has made numerous important contributions to the understanding of tissue-specific migration pathways of immune cells, in particular to and within sites of inflammation and tumours. He has developed innovative imaging approaches, such as two-photon microscopy models for in vivo imaging. For instance, he recently succeeded in defining the migratory and interactive behaviour of tumour infiltrating T cells in live tissues, which has important implications for the improvement of immuno-therapeutic strategies in patients. His contribution to the field is best evidenced by his 47 original articles in leading biomedical journals, including Science, Nature, Nature Immunology, Immunity, and the Journal of Experimental Medicine, as well as 6 review articles in top journals, such as Immunological Review and Seminars in Immunology. Many of his papers have had large impact in the field, with several having already more than 200 citations times by other scientists. Professor Weninger is the recipient of several peer-reviewed grants from extramural funding sources, including five grants from National Institutes of Health (NIH). In addition, he has been received prestigious fellowships, including those from the Max Kade Foundation and the Ellison Medical Foundation. Further, he has received the AESCA Award (1998) and the UNILEVER Award (2001) from the Austrian Society for Dermatology and Venereology, two Poster Awards (1994, 1996) from European Society for Dermatological Research, and the Albert M. Kligman Fellowship from the Society for Investigative Dermatology (2001).

Selected publications

For a comprehensive list of Professor Weninger's publicatons, please visit his Sydney Medical School profile page.