Klaus Fortschegger

Klaus Fortschegger, PhD

Cellular models for leukemia studies

My research focus lies on the generation and application of novel disease model systems to study the impact of particular genetic alterations on leukemia development. For this purpose we utilize amongst others human pluripotent stem cell differentiation, conditional protein expression and CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing. We expect these models to further prove useful for drug screenings.



E-mail: klaus.fortschegger@ccri.at
Senior scientist of the group Genetics of Leukemia

Selected Articles

Schinnerl D., Mejstrikova E., Schumich A., Zaliova M., Fortschegger K., Nebral K., Attarbaschi A., Fiser K., Kauer M.O., Popitsch N., Haslinger S., Inthal A., Buldini B., Basso G., Bourquin J-P., Gaipa G., Brüggemann M., Feuerstein T., Maurer-Granofszky M., Panzer-Grümayer R., Trka J., Mann G., Haas O.A., Hrusak O., Dworzak M.N., Strehl S. on behalf of the International-BFM-FLOW-network
CD371 cell surface expression: A unique feature of DUX4-rearranged acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
Haematologica (2019) doi:10.3324/haematol.2018.214353

Husa A.M., Strobl M.R., Strajeriu A., Wieser M., Strehl S., Fortschegger K.
Generation of CD34 fluorescent reporter human induced pluripotent stem cells for monitoring hematopoietic differentiation.
Stem Cells Dev. 27: 1376-1384 (2018)

Schinnerl D., Fortschegger K., Kauer M., Marchante J.R.M., Kofler R., Den Boer M.L., Strehl S.
The role of the Janus-faced transcription factor PAX5-JAK2 in acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
Blood 125: 1282-1291 (2015)

Fortschegger K., Anderl S., Denk D., Strehl S.
Functional Heterogeneity of PAX5 Chimeras Reveals Insight for Leukemia Development.
Mol. Cancer Res. 12: 595-606 (2014)


  • Austrian Research Promotion Agency FFG Bridge grant 2014-2017 for project „B-different“ (#843456)
  • CCRI-Kapsch Next Generation Sequencing grant 2014-2015 (No. 9006141)
  • Keystone Symposia Scholarship Boston 2012 (NIH-NIAID #1R13AI098260-01)
  • Austrian Science Fund Erwin-Schrödinger fellowship 2007-2009 (FWF No. J2728-B12)