Manuela Baccarini

Curriculum Vitae

Vice-Rector for Research and International Affairs, Deputy of the Rector 

Manuela Baccarini, Professor of Cell Signalling at the Max Perutz Labs of the University of Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna, serves as Vice-Rector for Research and International Affairs since 1 October 2022 onwards. Manuela Baccarini was born in Italy and completed her doctoral studies at the Sapienza University of Rome. Following positions at the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics in Freiburg, at the Fraunhofer Institute for Toxicology and Experimental Medicine in Hanover, and at the Albert Einstein College of the Yeshiva University in New York, Baccarini joined the Department of Microbiology, Immunobiology and Genetics at the Centre for Molecular Biology of the University of Vienna. From 2007 to 2017 Baccarini held the position of Vice-Dean and assistant director of the Max Perutz Labs. Up until September 2022 Baccarini led the doctoral programme „Vienna BioCenter PhD program“ of the University of Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna and was director of the study program „Molecular Biology“ (University of Vienna) and „Molecular Bioscience“ (joint PhD study program University of Vienna/ Medical University of Vienna). Manuela Baccarini is a member of EMBO (European Molecular Biology Organization) and corresponding member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

Personal Data

Manuela Baccarini
Date of Birth:
 12th of March 1957 (Rome)
Nationality: Italian

Education and academic career

  • Since 2009: Professor of Cell Signalling, Max Perutz Labs, University of Vienna
  • 1997-2009: Associated professor, Department of Microbiology and Genetics, University of Vienna
  • 1997: “Venia legendi” in microbiology awarded by the University of Vienna
  • 1994-1997: Guest professor, Department of Microbiology and Genetics, University of Vienna
  • 1994: “Venia legendi” in immunology, University of Haover, Germany
  • 1990-1994: Assistant professor, Fraunhofer Institutes for Toxicology and Molecular Biology, Hanover, Germany

Functions and memberships

  • 2020-2022: Head, Vienna Biocenter PhD Programme, a doctoral school of the University of Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna
  • 2021- 2022: Director of studies, joint doctoral programme in Molecular Biosciences, University of Vienna/Medical University of Vienna
  • 2017-2022: Director of studies, doctoral programme in Molecular Biology, University of Vienna
  • 2017-2022: Speaker, doctoral school (Dk-plus) on signalling pathways for the regulation of cellular homoeostasis
  • 2016-2020: Head, Vienna Doctoral School for Molecules of Life, a joint project by the University of Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna
  • 2009-2015: Speaker, doctoral programme in Molecular Mechanisms of Cell Signalling
  • 2009: Member of the steering board for the new doctoral programme, University of Vienna
  • 2007-2017: Vice-Dean, Centre for Molecular Biology and deputy academic head, Max F. Perutz Laboratories, University of Vienna
  • Since 2005: Research fellow Center for Economic olica Research (CEPR London)

Editorial boards:

  • Since 2020: Current Opinion in Cell Biology
  • Since 2018: The Journal of Cell Biology
  • Since 2016: Cancer Research
  • Since 2016: The FEBS Journal
  • Since 2015: EMBO Reports
  • 2006-2009: Carcinogenesis
  • 2012: Member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO)
  • 2010: Corresponding member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences

Reviews in the past ten years

  • Ad-hoc reviewer for journals: Cell, Cell Reports, Science, Science Advances, Science Translational Medicine, Nature Communications, Development, Blood, Cancer Research, Life Science Alliance, Oncogene, EMBO Journal, EMBO Reports

Funding bodies:

MMember of reviewer committees for excellence, evaluation and funding in Austria, Germany, France, Spain, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, United States, Hong Kong

  • 2019-2022: Member of the committees for the EMBO Global Investigator Network
  • 2011-2015: Member and chair (2015) of the LS3 Cellular and Developmental Biology Panel for the award of ERC Advanced Investigator Grants

Scientific advisory boards

  • Since 2020: Scientific advisory board, Precision Oncology Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
  • 2015: Member of the Novartis Advisory Board for MAPK- and KRAS-controlled tumours
  • 2013-2017: Member of the board of the Berlin School of Integrative Oncology
  • 2013-2022: Member of the external scientific advisory board, Department of Molecular Genetics, Montpellier, France