Institution Department of Pathology, Medical University of Innsbruck, Austria

Irene Esposito (IE), MD, 43, is a board-certified human pathologist, Full Professor of Pathology, Department Director at the Medical University of Innsbruck, Austria, and appointed Director of the Institute of Pathology of the Heinrich-Heine-University in Düsseldorf. She has 18 years’ experience in gross pathology and histopathology as well as expertise in immunohistochemistry, morphometry, molecular pathology and molecular biology at several European academic institutions. From 2008 to 2010 IE led the Mouse Pathology Platform at the Institute of Pathology of the Helmholtz Zentrum München, working in close contact with the German Mouse Clinic and thereby extending her expertise to the morphological phenotyping of rodent models for human diseases.
IE’s research focuses on the molecular and morphological basis of pancreatic and biliary carcinogenesis and in particular on epithelial-stromal interactions in cancer and precursor lesions, on chronic inflammatory diseases of the pancreas and bile ducts and on the morphological phenotyping of mouse models for human diseases. For these activities she has received European (EU FP7 HEALTH 2010 project “Translational research on cancer with poor prognosis. EPC-TM-Net: Targeting the tumor microenvironment to improve pancreatic cancer prognosis”), as well as national funding (incl. German Research Foundation, German Cancer Aid).
IE has been reference mouse and human pathologist within the EPC-TM-Net project (see above). In addition, she has been co-leader of nation-wide network projects, such as the project “Pathology” within the NGFNplus-funded project “German Mouse Clinic” (2008-2013) and the Central Core Unit 2 “Histopathology, Immunohistochemistry and Analytical Microscopy” of the SFB 824 “Imaging for the selection, monitoring and individualization of cancer therapies” (2009-2014).
In addition, IE has been funded for the project “International Web-Based Pathology Training Programme in Disease Modelling” within the Erasmus Life Long Learning Programme. This project focused on the establishment of a web-based platform for training of young scientists (postdoc level) in mouse pathology.
IE has been awarded the Rudolf Virchow Prize of the German Society of Pathology in 2012 for her contribution to the identification of possible precursor lesions of pancreatic cancer.
Since Sept. 2013 she is leader of the working group 1 leader in the COST action BM 1204.

Work Groups:
Harmonization of research tools (wg1)