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Tea Pemovska
Tea Pemovska, PhDSenior postdoctoral researcher

Department of Medicine I (Division of Hematology and Hemostaseology)
Position: Research Associate (Postdoc)

ORCID: 0000-0003-2951-4905
T +43 1 40400-73784

Further Information


Drug Combinations; Drug Discovery; Drug Screening Assays, Antitumor; Hematologic Neoplasms; High-Throughput Screening Assays; Individualized Medicine; Leukemia; Leukemia-Lymphoma, Adult T-Cell; Metabolism; Molecular Targeted Therapy; Signal Transduction; Systems Biology; Translational Medical Research

Research group(s)

Research interests

I am a cancer biologist with a special interest in molecular mechanisms underlying cancer development and progression and how to utilize that information to identify novel therapeutic strategies. I am specialized in developing and running high-throughput drug screening of patient-derived cancer cells and associated data analysis. In addition, my work focuses on how to use drug sensitivity data to unravel disease biology and personalized therapy options for cancer patients as well as repositioning of existing anti-cancer drugs for other indications. My expertise is in translational cancer systems biology particularly hematology, drug screening, and identification of novel cancer cell vulnerabilities that can be exploited for effective treatment of patients. My current research interests focus on the identification and characterization of metabolic dependencies in hematological malignancies with compound libraries and understanding underlying disease progression mechanisms in rare hematological cancers such as T-PLL. 

Techniques, methods & infrastructure

High-throughput flow cytometry-based drug screening; single-cell RNA sequencing; working with patient samples from patients with hematological malignancies; drug libraries; functional precision medicine clinical trials

Selected publications

  1. Pemovska, T. et al., 2021. Metabolic drug survey highlights cancer cell dependencies and vulnerabilities. Nature Communications, 12(1). Available at:
  2. Kornauth, C. et al., 2021. Functional Precision Medicine Provides Clinical Benefit in Advanced Aggressive Hematological Cancers and Identifies Exceptional Responders. Cancer Discovery, p.candisc.0538.2021. Available at:
  3. Pemovska, T., Bigenzahn, J.W. & Superti-Furga, G., 2018. Recent advances in combinatorial drug screening and synergy scoring. Current Opinion in Pharmacology, 42, pp.102–110. Available at:
  4. Pemovska, T. et al., 2015. Axitinib effectively inhibits BCR-ABL1(T315I) with a distinct binding conformation. Nature, 519(7541), pp.102–105. Available at:
  5. Pemovska, T. et al., 2013. Individualized Systems Medicine Strategy to Tailor Treatments for Patients with Chemorefractory Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Cancer Discovery, 3(12), pp.1416–1429. Available at: