Iftner, Thomas

Iftner, Thomas

Board member

Full Professor, Division of Experimental Virology Institute for Medical Virology and Epidemiology of Viral Diseases University of Tuebingen, Germany

University Hospital Tuebingen

Institute of Medical Virology

Section Experimental Virology

Elfriede-Aulhorn-Str. 6

D-72076 Tübingen


Phone +49 (0)7071 29-80246

Fax +49 (0)7071 29-5419


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 in the group of Felix Wettstein. Currently he is University professor, head of Division of Experimental Virology, Student Dean for Molecular Medicine and Dean for Biomedicine in the Medical Faculty of Tuebingen. 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 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.