CeMM Adjunct Principal Investigator

Georg Stary
Translational Immunology of the Skin and Mucous Membranes

Prof. Dr. Georg Stary
Medical University of Vienna
Department of Dermatology


The research projects of Georg Stary are focusing on different aspects of host-pathogen interactions and the contribution of tissue-resident leukocytes to physiologic and pathologic immune responses. Georg’s research interest lies in the biology, longevity, turnover and function of tissue-resident leukocytes in peripheral tissue with the skin being an optimal and accessible organ to perform meaningful human experiments. Georg Stary is a member of the Immuno-Board for Rare and Undiagnosed Diseases organized by LBI-RUD and CeRUD Director Kaan Boztug, and the Stary laboratory is applying omics technologies in collaboration with research groups at CeMM and LBI-RUD.


Georg Stary is a fully trained dermatovenereologist with direct contact to patients and ample of experience in research with human tissue and mouse models. After a 4-year fellowship in the Von Andrian laboratory at the Harvard Medical School, he became a senior physician and Principal Investigator at the Department of Dermatology of the Medical University of Vienna in 2014. Georg was appointed Assistant Professor in 2015 and Associate Professor in 2016. Since November 2018 he is Adjunct Principal Investigator at LBI-RUD and CeMM.

Selected Papers

Stary G, Olive A, Radovic-Moreno AF, Gondek D, Alvarez D, Basto PA, Perro M, Vrbanac VD, Tager AW, Shi J, Yethon LA, Langer R, Farokhzad OC, Starnbach M, von Andrian UH: A mucosal vaccine against Chlamydia trachomatis generates two waves of protective memory T cells. Science, 348(6241):aaa8205. doi: 10.1126/science.aaa8205, 2015.

Brüggen MC, Petzelbauer P, Greinix H, Contassot E, Jankovic D, French L, Socié G, Rabitsch W, Kuzmina Z, Kalhs P, Knobler R, Stingl G, Stary G: Epidermal elafin expression is an indicator of poor prognosis in cutaneous graft-versus-host disease. J Invest Dermatol, 135:999-1006. doi: 10.1038/jid.2014.489, 2015.

Brüggen MC, Klein I, Greinix H, Bauer W, Kuzmina Z, Rabitsch W, Kalhs P, Petzelbauer P, Knobler R, Stingl G, Stary G: Diverse T-cell responses characterize the different manifestations of cutaneous graft-versus-host disease. Blood, 123:290-299. doi: 10.1182/blood-2013-07- 514372, 2014.

Stary G, Klein I, Kohlhofer S, Koszik F, Scherzer T, Müllauer L, Quendler H, Kohrgruber N, Stingl G: Plasmacytoid dendritic cells express TRAIL and induce CD4+ T cell apoptosis in HIV-1 viremic patients. Blood, 114:3854-3863. doi: 10.1182/blood-2009-04-217927, 2009.

Stary G, Bangert C, Tauber M, Strohal R, Kopp T, Stingl G: Tumoricidal activity of TLR7/8- activated inflammatory dendritic cells. J Exp Med; 204:1441-1451, 2007.