I - Robert Ahrends, Faculty of Chemistry: From Lipid Analytics to Lipid Function

When: Monday, 9.11.2020, 16:00

Where: Details soon

Even with a lipid content of over 10% in the human body, lipids were not in the central scientific focus during the last decade. However, more and more evidence is provided that non-genetically determined biomolecules such as metabolites and lipids are the key to biomolecular regulation. Today it is obvious that lipids are not only important for energy homeostasis and as an environmental-cellular barrier, but also represent a central part of our signal transduction machinery. Disruptions of the sensitive lipid metabolism are highly correlated with different types of diseases including thrombocytopenia, cancer, neurogenerative disorders and the metabolic syndrome. This is especially true for the latter ones, which are also reaching pandemic levels, causing still a larger annual health burden than infectious diseases. Therefore, lipid metabolism is again becoming an emerging scientific field and is a central part of pharmacological research today (statins, cyclooxygenase inhibitors). The mission of our lab is to develop analytical and bioinformatic workflows to answer some of the most pressing questions in lipid metabolism in health and diseases.

Ass. Prof. Dr. Robert Ahrends started his tenure track professorship at the Department of Analytical Chemistry of the Faculty of Chemistry, University of Vienna in January 2020. Previously, he conducted lipidomics research at the Leibniz-Institut für Analytische Wissenschaften (ISAS) in Dortmund, Germany. https://lipidomics.at/ 

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