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Dr. Clarissa Gerhäuser

Dr. Clarissa Gerhäuser

Dr. Clarissa Gerhäuser


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+49 6221 42 3306


+49 6221 42 3359


DKFZ Main building


H2.03.070 (3. floor)



Study of Pharmacy, Julius-Maximilians-University, Würzburg.

Ph.D. degree (summa cum laude)
Thesis advisor: Prof. H. Wagner, Institute for Pharmaceutical Biology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich.
Thesis title: Investigation of the antiviral activity of Thuja occidentalis L., Cucurbita pepo L. and Ecballium elaterium [L.] A. Rich. Isolation of podophyllotoxin lignans and new ribosome-inactivating proteins.

Postdoctoral Research Associate with Prof. J.M. Pezzuto, Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy, College of Pharmacy, The University of Illinois at Chicago, USA.

Visiting Research Assistant Professor, Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy, College of Pharmacy, The University of Illinois at Chicago, USA.

since May 1996:
Group leader: Cancer Chemoprevention, German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg, Division C010: Epigenomics and Cancer Risk Factors


• Cancer chemoprevention
• Identification of plant-derived compounds and synthetic analogs with potential chemopreventive activity
• Investigation of molecular mechanisms of chemopreventive agents


• Research Prize awarded by the Köhnlechner-Foundation, Munich (1990)
• Feodor-Lynen Fellowship awarded by the Alexander-von-Humboldt-Foundation, Bonn, Germany (1993-1995)
• Research grant awarded by the Verein zur Förderung der Krebsforschung in Deutschland e.V. Heidelberg, Germany (1996-2002)
• EARC Young Cancer Researcher Award Highly Commended (2003)
• Phoenix Pharmacy Scientific Research Price 2003 Pharmaceutical Biology (with Prof. H. Becker, Saarbrücken, Germany)


since 1993: American Society of Pharmacognosy (ASP)
1996 – 2001: American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)
since 1996: American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASMBM)
since 1997: International Society for Cancer Chemoprevention (ISCaC)
since 2003: European Association for Cancer Research (EARC)

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