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Tobias Welponer Fries, PhD

Specialist registrar & PhD Student

Research statement

My main scientific interests focus on the development of strategies to target epidermoylsis bullosa-associated skin cancer. Herein our primary goal is to improve overall survival in patients suffering from squamous cell carcinoma using antidiabetic drugs, antibiotics as well as special diets. Furthermore, we evaluate demographic data and incidence of tumor development in EB.

Curriculum Vitae Tobias Welponer Fries

Professional Career

Since 2016
MD in training
, clinical specialization in Dermatology, SALK Salzburg



Since 2015
Ph.D. student
in Medical Sciences, EB House Austria

Study of Human Medicine
, Paracelsus Medical University, Salzburg


Awards and Fellowships

2018 Travel grant to attend 6th Rare Diseases Summer School, radiz - Rare Disease Initiative Zürich


International Research Experience

Scientific internship at the Department of Surgery, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA
Project: "The effects of serotonin on Na+/H+ exchangers and CFTR channels in distal colonic crypts of rats"
Supervisor: John P Geibel, DSc, MD, Professor of Surgery (Gastrointestinal) and of Cellular and Molecular Physiology


Additional Qualifications/Training

United States Medical Licensing Examination Step 1

2017 - present
Teacher in Dermatology: Collagenoses, diagnostics and therapy of common skin diseases, Paracelsus Medical University, Salzburg

2017 - present
Internship supervisor of medical students in their 2nd, 4th and 5th year of education at the department of Dermatology, Paracelsus Medical University, Salzburg, 

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