Research Platforms

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Nitrospira bacteria from a sewage treatment plant, stained by fluorescence in situ hybridization (Photo: H. Daims, M. Wagner)

  • Comammox Research Platform
  • Characterisation of Drug Involved Mechanisms
  • Marine Rhythms of Life
  • Vienna Metabolomics Center

Comammox Research Platform

Head: Holger Daims

Deputy Head: Kristina Djinović-Carugo

Starting in 2018

This platform investigates a new type of microorganisms (comammox) that perform complete nitrification, a two-step biological process of major environmental importance, on their own. The platform investigates reactions occurring in the microorganisms using state-of-the-art biochemical and structural biological methods. The research platform includes the Faculty of Chemistry, the Faculty of Life Sciences, the Center for Molecular Biology and the Research Platform Chemistry Meets Microbiology.

Characterisation of drug involved mechanisms

Head: Claudia Valenta

Deputy Head: Hanspeter Kählig

The research platform focuses on the investigation of interaction mechanisms of drug delivery systems on the skin. On the one hand, it aims to better understand the relationships between microstructure and physiological diffusion processes and, on the other, to use these insights for the development of new drug delivery systems with optimal drug release.

Marine Rhythms of Life

Head: Kristin Teßmar-Raible

Deputy Heads: Christopher Gerner, Thomas Hummel

The interdisciplinary team of the University of Vienna research platform Marine Rhythms of Life is on track to unravel how monthly clocks can function on a molecular level and impact on reproduction and regeneration of the the marine bristleworm Platynereis dumerili. These questions are jointly tackled by Kristin Tessmar-Raible, Florian Raible (both MFPL), Christopher Gerner (Department of Analytical Chemistry) and Thomas Hummel (COSB, Faculty of Life Sciences). Together with Tobias Kaiser (Postdoc in Arndt von Haeseler's group at CIBIV), Kristin Tessmar-Raible and Thomas Hummel also try to find the molecular switches that evolution tinkers with to change daily and monthly timing in the marine midge Clunio marinus. The only clock understood so far on cellular or molecular level is the daily clock. Yet, the existence of multiple oscillators is likely the rule rather than the exception across the animal kingdom, including humans.

Vienna Metabolomics Center (ViMe)

Head: Wolfram Weckwerth

Deputy Head: Gunda Köllensperger

The Vienna Metabolomics Center (ViMe) is dedicated to cross-faculty research into metabolites. Within the scope of this research platform, new analytical-methodical approaches based on mass spectrometry and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy will be developed. Another focus is the development of bioinformatic tools for the automated evaluation and quality control of complex data sets. A total of 16 professors from the three faculties - the Faculty of Chemistry, the Faculty of Life Sciences and the Faculty of Earth Sciences, geography and Astronomy - participate in ViMe. This also underlines the broad application perspective of metabolomics, i.e. the undirected analysis of all the metabolic products of a biological sample. These include environmental chemistry, microbiology, bioanalytics and biomedicine, limnology and terrestrial ecology.