Sven Rottenberg

ESTP Congress


From 1999-2004 Sven Rottenberg received a dual education in veterinary pathology (Dipl. ECVP) and molecular biology (PhD) at the University of Bern (Switzerland). In 2004 he joined the group of Piet Borst at the Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI) in Amsterdam where he became a tenured staff member (associate professor level) in 2012. At the NKI Sven Rottenberg established a new research focus: the study of anti-cancer drug resistance using genetically engineered mouse models (GEMMs) of human cancer. In 2014 he returned to the University of Bern as head of the Institute of Animal Pathology. The focus of the Rottenberg group is to understand the underlying mechanisms of resistance to anti-cancer therapies, including both radio- and chemotherapy. His group has identified various mechanisms of PARP inhibitor resistance (e.g. loss of PARG or a dysfunctional 53BP1-REV7-shieldin-CST pathway), and thereby generated novel insights into basic mechanisms of the DNA damage response. In addition, using functional genetic screens in haploid cells, his group found LRRC8A/D proteins to be relevant factors in platinum drug resistance and ERCC6L2 as a useful marker to predict radiotherapy response. Moreover, the Rottenberg group has generated unique preclinical models to study residual disease and they have pioneered the use of 3D cancer organoids to study anti-cancer therapy escape.