Josef Jiricny - Curriculum Vitae#

  • 1957-1969 Primary and secondary education in Prague.
  • 1970-1973 University of Aston in Birmingham, B.Sc.(Hons) class 2 division (i)
  • 1973-1976 Sir John Cass School of Science and Technology (University of London), Ph.D. (London)
  • 1976-1979 Postdoctoral fellowship at King's College, London
  • 1979-1983 Postdoctoral fellowship at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund, London
  • 1983-1989 Group Leader, Friedrich Miescher-Institut, Basel
  • 1989-1990 Senior Group Leader, FMI (see above)
  • 1990-1995 Program Coordinator, Istituto di Ricerche di Biologia Molecolare P. Angeletti, Pomezia (Roma) - IRBM
  • 1995-1996 Senior Director of Biochemistry, IRBM
  • 1996- Director, Institute of Molecular Cancer Research, University of Zürich (formerly the Institute of Medical Radiobiology)
  • 1996- Full Professor, Medical Faculty of the University of Zürich
  • 1996-2002 Program co-ordinator, Life sciences department, Institute of Medical Radiobiology/Paul Scherrer Institute
  • 2001- Full Professor, Faculty of Sciences, University of Zürich
  • 2003- Full Professor, Department of Biology, Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology (ETH) Zürich
  • 2006- Full Professor (associated), Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences, Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology (ETH) Zürich

Editor, Biological Chemistry (Hoppe-Seyler) 1994-1999; Chemistry and Biology, EMBO Journal, EMBO Reviews

Ad hoc Referee for Cancer Cell, Carcinogenesis, Cell, Current Biology, EMBO Journal, EMBO Reviews, Molecular Cell, Molecular Cell Biology, Mutations Research, Nature, Nature Genetics, Nucleic Acids Research, Oncogene, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, Science

Scientific Consultant, Dupont, Wilmington, Virginia, USA (2000)

Dean of Students FMI, (1984-1990)

Scientific Advisor, Departement Forschung, ZFL, Kantonsspital Basel (1999-2001), Sassella Trust, Swiss Bridge (2001), Charles Rodolphe Brupbacher Trust, International Agency on Cancer Research (IARC), Gebert Rüf Stiftung

Member, Promotions Committee (Beförderungskommission), Medical Faculty of the University of Zürich (2000-2006); PhD Selection Committee (IFK), University of Zürich (1999-2006)

Member, Board of Trustees, Centre for Clinical Research (ZKF) of the Medical Faculty of the University of Zürich

Chairman, Steering Committee of the Functional Genomics Center Zürich (

Chairman and founder, Steering Committee of the Cancer Biology PhD program of Life Science Zurich (

Independent Expert, 6th Framework program of the European Community (Life Sciences and Health)

Member, ISREC Council (Swiss Institute of Experimental Cancer Research)

Member, Quinquennial Review Board, Cancer Research UK

  • Member of EMBO (since 1996)
  • Member of Academia Europea (since 2000)

  • Swiss Bridge Award (2003, CHF 250’000)
  • Gregor Mendel Medal of the Czech Academy of Sciences (2003)
  • Bonizzi-Theler Award (2003, CHF 2’500’000)
  • San Salatore Award (2005, CHF 100’000)
  • International Award of the Slovak Academy of Sciences (2006, 60’000 Sl. crowns)


Czech (mother tongue), English (first language), German, Swiss-German and Italian (fluent spoken), French (passive elementary) and Russian (school knowledge, mostly forgotten)
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