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Karin Pfisterer
Karin Pfisterer, PhD

Department of Dermatology
Position: Lecturer

ORCID: 0000-0003-1723-6266
T +43 1 40400-77880


Cell Migration Assays; Cytoskeleton; Extracellular Matrix; Inflammation; Melanoma, Experimental; Microscopy; Skin

Research group(s)

Research interests

My special interest lies in regulatory signalling networks that preserve homeostasis in mammalian tissues and how this balance is disrupted during pathological processes.

Techniques, methods & infrastructure

live imaging in 2D and 3D, superresolution microscopy (PALM, STORM, SIM), FLIM-FRET, ratiometric FRET, FRAP, LLSM, image analysis, primary cell isolation and in vitro differentiation, Co-IP, Ca2+ flux, lipid raft isolation, qPCR, flow cytometry, molecular cloning


Selected publications

  1. Pfisterer, K. et al. (2021) ‘The Extracellular Matrix in Skin Inflammation and Infection’, Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology, 9. Available at:
  2. Pfisterer, K., Lumicisi, B. and Parsons, M. (2021) ‘Imaging of Human Cancer Cells in 3D Collagen Matrices’, BIO-PROTOCOL, 11(2). Available at:
  3. Pfisterer, K. et al. (2020) ‘FMNL2 regulates dynamics of fascin in filopodia’, Journal of Cell Biology, 219(5). Available at:
  4. Pfisterer, K. et al. (2014) ‘The Late Endosomal Transporter CD222 Directs the Spatial Distribution and Activity of Lck’, The Journal of Immunology, 193(6), pp. 2718–2732. Available at:
  5. Pfisterer, K. et al. (2015) ‘CD90 + Human Dermal Stromal Cells Are Potent Inducers of FoxP3 + Regulatory T Cells’, Journal of Investigative Dermatology, 135(1), pp. 130–141. Available at: