Portrait Thorsten Zenz

Thorsten Zenz
Prof. Dr. med.

Senior Attending Physician, Department of Medical Oncology and Hematology

Other functions at USZ

  • Vice Director of the Center for Hematological Neoplasms Comprehensive Cancer Center Zurich


  • Lymphomas
  • Leukemia
  • Precision Oncology


Tel. +41 44 255 37 82

Other competencies

  • Molecular diagnostics
  • Clinical studies
  • Hematology and oncology
2020 Associate Professor ad personam for Hematology / Lymphoma at the Medical Faculty of the University of Zurich (UZH)
2019 Deputy Head of the Leukemia, Lymphoma, Myeloma Center
2017 Senior Attending Physician”, Department of Medical Oncology and Hematology, USZ, Zurich
2017-2018 Division Head, DKFZ German Cancer Research Center
2016-2017 Full Professor (W3) “Molecular therapy in Hematology & Oncology”, DKFZ/ University of Heidelberg, Faculty of Medicine
2013 Peer reviewed selection “Mildred Scheel Endowed Professorship”
2011 Section Head “Lymphoma Research”, National Center for Tumor Diseases (NCT)
2010 Adjunct Professor”, Ulm University
2008 Venia Legendi, Internal Medicine (“Stem cell transplantation in hematologic neoplasia: Balance between effect and side effect”)
2007 Board Certification Haematology/Oncology
2006 Board certification Internal Medicine
2001-2011 University of Ulm, Dept. of Haematology/Oncology/Rheumatology and Infectious Disease
1999-2001 Research Fellowship (German Cancer Aid Scholarship) Kimmel Cancer Center, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia
1996-1999 University of Freiburg, Dept. of Haematology/Oncology
1997 Dissertation “Treatment of cancer pain: a three years’ survey of the German situation”
1996 Graduation (Overall Grade 1.66)
1995-1996 Final Year Rotations: University of Auckland, New Zealand, Memorial Sloane Kettering Cancer Center, New York, USA, Diakonie-Hospital, Karlsruhe, Germany
1994-1995 Medical School at the University College London, London, UK
1990-1996 Medical School at the University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
1998-1990 Military Service (Air Force, Essen)
1976-1989 Primary & Secondary School, Essen

Awards, distinctions and professional activities

2018 Paul Martini Prize
2017 SASS Foundation Visiting Professor Weill Cornell Medical School
2012 Hans-Jochen-Illiger Memorial Prize” (Cancer Research)
2009 Franziska Kolb” Prize (Leukemia Research)

Most important memberships

  • ASH
  • EHA
  • DGHO

Research focus

The aim is to develop individualized and targeted therapies for lymphomas through improved molecular understanding. The focus topics here are:

  1. Molecular cause of therapy response;
  2. Pathogenesis and targeted therapy in lymphomas and leukemias;
  3. High-throughput drug screens; and
  4. molecular diagnostics and precision medicine studies.


Publication list

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