Professor Thomas Iftner
received his Diploma in Biology and his Ph.D. from the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuernberg, Germany. His postgraduate training included a research fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles, USA. Currently he is University professor, head of Division of Experimental Virology, Student Dean for Molecular Medicine and Vice Dean Medical Faculty (topic Biomedicine). In addition, he is adjunct professor at James Cook University, Townsville, Australia, since 2009.
Professor Iftner has a wide research interest in the field of papillomaviruses ranging from basic research, animal models and clinical studies to molecular epidemiology. He has produced more than 140 peer reviewed publications. Professor Iftner was member of expert panels of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in Lyon, France, for drafting the Cervical Cancer Screening Handbook, as well as the Monograph on Cervical Cancer Prevention and Papillomaviruses, in which the valid risk classification of HPV genotypes has been set. He is chairman and initiator of the project group ZERVITA which aims at informing the German public regarding risk factors, prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of cervical cancer.