Roland Foisner is Professor of Biochemistry and Deputy Director at the Max F. Perutz Labortories, Medical University Vienna. He received his PhD (Dr. techn.) in Biotechnology from the Technical University Vienna, Austria, in 1984, was Assistant and then Associate Professor at the University of Vienna, and was appointed Full Professor at the Medical University Vienna in 2002. 1991-1992 he received post-doctoral training at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, USA.
His research focuses on nuclear lamins and lamin associated proteins in nuclear dynamics, chromatin organization and gene expression and the role of lamins in human diseases, such as muscle dystrophies, lipodystrophies and the premature aging syndrome. He has published many important peer-reviewed papers, invited reviews and book chapters on this topic.
From 2006 – 2009, Roland Foisner was scientific coordinator of EURO-Laminopathies, a European research network of clinical and basic researchers, aiming at the analyses of molecular mechanisms of lamin-linked diseases. He is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Nucleus, and serves on the Editorial Board of several Cell Biology Journals, in the scientific advisory board of EU network projects, and in review panels of several funding organizations. He was Dean of graduate studies in the International Vienna Biocenter PhD program and served in many national and international PhD thesis committees.