Florian Forster was awarded the Thesis Prize of the Austrian Society of Allergology and Immunology
At the Annual Meeting of the Austrian Society of Allergology and Immunology (ÖGAI), held from November 6 – 8, 2014 in Salzburg, Florian Forster received this prestigious award.
Mag. Florian Forster, PhD, born in Braunau/Inn, studied Microbiology and Genetics at the University of Vienna. After his diploma thesis in the laboratory of Prof. Dr. Hannes Stockinger at the Medical University of Vienna, he stayed in the group and continued to work on T cell activation during his PhD studies. In his PhD thesis Florian describes the large interferon inducible G-protein guanylate binding protein 1 (GBP-1) as new negative regulator of T cell activation. He discovered previously unknown binding partner of GBP-1 and showed that it acts by regulating cytoskeletal components. The results were published in The Journal of Immunology and in Molecular and Cellular Biology:
Ostler, N., N. Britzen-Laurent, A. Liebl, E. Naschberger, G. Lochnit, M. Ostler, F. Forster, P. Kunzelmann, S. Ince, V. Supper, G. Praefcke, D. Schubert, H. Stockinger, C. Herrmann, and M. Stürzl. IFN-γ-induced Guanylate Binding Protein-1 is a novel actin cytoskeleton remodeling factor. Mol. Cell. Biol. 34:196-209 (2014).
Forster, F., W. Paster, V. Supper, P. Schatzlmaier, S. Sunzenauer, N. Ostler, A. Saliba, P. Eckerstorfer, N. Britzen-Laurent, G. J. Schütz, J. A. Schmid, G. J. Zlabinger, E. Naschberger, M. Stürzl, and H. Stockinger. GBP-1 mediated interaction of the T-cell antigen receptor signaling with the cytoskeleton. J. Immunol. 192:771-781 (2014).
Currently Florian works as a post-doctoral fellow on the regulation of reactive oxygen species on T cell signaling at Karolinska Institutet.
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