lab members

Beate M. Lichtenberger  |  Agnes ForsthuberSophie Frech  |  Tobias Günter  |  Viktor Kozumov


Beate M. 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, and the Unilever Award/ Austrian Dermatology Award 2016.

Beate @ ORCID

Agnes Forsthuber studied Biotechnology at BOKU Wien and joined the lab of Prof. Hans-Reimer Rodewald at the German Cancer Research Institute (DKFZ) in Heidelberg for her master thesis on tissue resident macrophages. Further, she did her doctoral studies on CXCL5 and neutrophils in the disease progression of cutaneous melanoma under the supervision of Prof. Robert Loewe at the Medical University of Vienna. She obtained her PhD in 2018 and is now continuing her research on skin cancer and more basic skin biological questions as a postdoc in the Lichtenberger Lab.

Agnes @ pubmed

Sophie Frech, ÖAW PhD fellow, studied Medicine at the Medical University of Vienna, where she investigated the role of PI3K in Multiple Sclerosis during her diploma thesis internship at the Institute of Physiology before graduating in 2016. Sophie started her work as a PhD student in the Lichtenberger Lab in 2017, where she focuses her research on the role of different CAF subsets in the pathogenesis and metastasis of cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma as well as on the role of Hh signalling in wound-healing induced hair follicle development. She wants to pursue a specialization in dermatology after finishing her PhD.

Sophie @ pubmed

  Tobias Günter is a medical student at the Medical University of Vienna and joined our lab to conduct a wetlab master thesis in dermatology. His project dissects the function of HDACs in fibrotic skin diseases.


Viktor Kozumov studied nutrition science and is pursuing a MSc in molecular cell biology at the University of Vienna. He currently started as a master student in the Lichtenberger lab with a thesis concerning HDACs in skin fibroblast fate decisions, fibrotic skin diseases and cancer.


Ana Korosec | Katharina Lipp

Ana Korosec studied Molecular Biology at the University of Vienna and obtained her Master’s degree in 2013. She worked as a research technician at CeMM for 2.5 years. From 2016 until 2021, Ana worked as a staff scientist in the Lichtenberger Lab.

Ana @ pubmed

Katharina Lipp studied Biotechnology at the University of Applied Sciences Tulln. After obtaining her Master’s degree, she worked as a Lab Technician at the Max F. Perutz Laboratories in Vienna for 1 year. In 2014, she started working as Technical Assistant at the Medical University of Vienna, Dept. of Dermatology in the lab of Robert Loewe. From Nov 2018 until May 2021, her technical assistance was shared with the Lichtenberger Lab. She is a technician at Origimm now.

Kathi @ pubmed