Address: 1210 Wien, Veterinärplatz 1 Geb: HA
F +43 1 25077 - 4595
Web: Unit of Physiology and Biophysics


Univ.-Prof. Elena Pohl
T +43 1 25077-4570
E-Mail to Elena Pohl


Mag.phil. Caroline Nake
T +43 1 25077-4571
E-Mail to Caroline Nake


Welcome to the Unit of Physiology and Biophysics of Vetmeduni Vienna!


News & Features from our Unit:


Price of Appreciation


Our bachelor student Michael Moschinger received the Price of Appreciation for best student of 2019 by the Federal Ministry for Education, Science and Research on December 3rd, 2019. Congratulations!



Award of Excellence to Karolina Hilse-Koller


Karolina Hilse-Koller, PhD alumna of our institute, received the Award of Excellence 2019 from the Austrian Ministry for Science and Education (Bundesministerium für Bildung, Wissenschaft und Forschung (BMBWF)) for her PhD thesis.

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Article in Biology of Sex Differences


In the end of 2019 our article "Age-related sex differences in the expression of important disease-linked mitochondrial proteins in mice" is being published in the journal "Biology of Sex Differences". First authors are our bachlor student Michael Moschinger and our PhD student Karolina Hilse-Koller. Congratulations!



Article in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology

In October 2019 our article "The Influence of Ketogenic Diets on Psoriasiform-Like Skin Inflammation" was published in the "Journal of Investigative Dermatology". First author is Dr. Felix Locker. Congratulations!

Link Journal of Investigative Dermatology 6

Link Men's Health 7

Link Newsweek 8


Article in Atmospheric Environment

In January 2020 our article "Temporal variability in odour emissions: To what extent this matters for the assessment of annoyance using dispersion modelling" will be published in the magazine "Atmospheric Environment". First Author is Dr. Marlon Brancher. Congratulations!

Link 9


Article in the Biophysical Journal

In the end of 2019 our article "Molecular mechanisms responsible for the dual pharmacological effect of genipin on mitochondrial proteins" is being published in the "Biophysical Journal". First author is Jürgen Kreiter, MSc. Congratulations!

Link 10


At the VetFarm with a chinese delegation


On September 27th, 2019, our staff member A.Univ.-Prof. Dr. Günther Schauberger was at the VetFarm of the Vetmeduni Vienna with the chinese delegation of the Tianjin Academy of Environmental Science.



Article in Free Radical Biology and Medicine

In August 2019 our Article "Covalent modification of phosphatidylethanolamine by 4-hydroxy-2-nonenal increases sodium permeability across phospholipid bilayer membranes" was published in the Journal "Free Radical Biology and Medicine". First Author is Dr. Olga Jovanovic. Congratulations!

Link 12


Article in Frontiers in Physiology


In April 2019 our article "Important Trends in UCP3 Investigation" was published in the journal "Frontiers in Physiology". First author is Univ.-Prof. Dr. Elena E. Pohl.

Link 14


Article in the Journal of Environmental Management


In the Journal of Environmental Management the Publikation "Do odour impact criteria of different jurisdictions ensure analogous separation distances for an equivalent level of protection?" was published with our Lise Meitner scholar Dr. Marlon Brancher as first author.

Link 16


Article in BBA

In march 2019 the article "Glutamine regulates mitochondrial uncoupling protein 2 to promote glutaminolysis in neuroblastoma cells" was published online in the magazine "Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - Bioenergetics". First author is our alumni Dr. Anne Rupprecht (Link 17). Last author is Prof. Elena E. Pohl.

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Seal of Excellence for the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions


For his submitted project “Improving the assessment of odour annoyance” our Dr. Marlon Brancher received the Seal of Excellence  for the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions in the Framework of Horizon 2020. Congratulations for this award!


Article in CCCA Fact Sheet


The article "Klimawandel – Auswirkungen auf die Landwirtschaft. Die Haltung landwirtschaftlicher Nutztiere in Stallungen" is going to be published in the CCCA Fact Sheet, Climate Change Center Austria, Graz. First author is A.Prof. Dr. Günther Schauberger. Congratulations!

Link 21


Article in "International Journal of Biometeorology"


The article "Impacts of global warming on confined livestock systems for growing-fattening pigs: simulation of heat stress for 1981 to 2017 in Central Europe" was published in the magazine "International Journal of Biometeorology". Last author is A.Prof. Dr. Günther Schauberger. Congratulations!

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Article in "Atmospheric Environment"


The article "Climate change impact on the dispersion of airborne emissions and the resulting separation distances to avoid odour annoyance" was published in the magazine "Atmospheric Environment". Last author is A.Prof. Dr. Günther Schauberger. Congratulations!

Link 23


Article in the Journal of Environmental Sciences


The article "Assessing the inter-annual variability of separation distances around odour sources to protect the residents from odour annoyance" was published in the Journal of Environmental Sciences. First author is our Lise-Meitner Scholar Dr. Marlon Brancher.

Link 25



Article in "JoVE"


In January 2019 our article "A Micro-agar Salt Bridge Electrode for Analyzing the Proton Turnover Rate of Recombinant Membrane Proteins" was published in the video journal JoVE. First author is Jürgen Kreiter, Congratulations!


Link 27


New Projekt


Dr. Felix Locker was approved the project "Characterization of Lipid Droplet-Mitochondria Contact Sites" (2018-2020).

More information 29


Article in "Journal of Environmental Sciences"


Dr. Marlon Brancher published the paper „Assessing the inter-annual variability of separation distances around odour sources to protect the residents from odour annoyance“ in  Journal of Environmental Sciences. Congratulations!

ReseachGate Link: 30

Link to the Journal: 31


Lise Meitner Scholarship


Dr. Marlon Brancher will start his two years lasting Lise Meitner Scholarship of the FWF with end of November as a Post-Doc. The title of his project is "Improving the assessment of the odour annoyance potentia". He has done his PhD at the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina in Brazil. Part of this work was undertaken at the vetmeduni by a long-term Brazilian scholarship.  


PhD Defense Karolina Hilse-Koller

On 25 October 2018 Karolina Hilse-Koller defendet her PhD Thesis "The expression of uncoupling proteins coincides with specific cellular metabolism" successfully. Congratulations!


Article in "Biosystems Engineering"

In November 2018 the article "Impact of global warming on the odour and ammonia emissions of livestock buildings used for fattening pigs" will be published in the journal "Biosystems Engineering". First Author is Prof. Günther Schauberger. Congratulations!

Link 32


Article in Frontiers in Physiology

In June 2018 our article "The Expression of Uncoupling Protein 3 Coincides With the Fatty Acid Oxidation Type of Metabolism in Adult Murine Heart" was published in the journal "Frontiers in Physiology". First author is Karolina Hilse, MSc. Congratulations!

Link 33


New FWF Project approved


Our stand-alone project "ATP / ADP Translocase and Mitochondrial Proton Leak" was approved on May 7, 2018 by the FWF under the project number P 31559.

projects 34


Article in Biophysical Journal


May 8th, 2018, our paper "Mechanism of Long-Chain Free Fatty Acid Protonation at the Membrane-Water Interface" was published in the "Biophysical Journal". First author is Alina Pashkovskaya, PhD. Congratulations!

Link 36


Gabriel Macher Defense


June 7th, 2018, Gabriel Macher held the defense of his doctor's thesis with excellent result.


New Research Scientist Dr. Felix Locker


On May 1st, 2018, we welcomed Dr. Felix Locker as a new Research Scientist in our group.


Pension Mrs. Bugaric


At the end of April, our dear colleague Slobodanka Bugaric started her well-earned pension after 27 years at the Vetmeduni Vienna. We wish her all the best!


Dr. Schmalwieser wins Living Standard Award

Dr. Alois Schmalwieser and the UV-Team Austria have been awarded the Living Standards Award 2018.

Austrian Standards searched for „Hidden Champions“ of economy, technology, health and research for the forth time now and gave them the Living Standard Award 2018 at the new years reception on January 17th, 2018. One of the winners is the UV-Team Austria that includes one of our employees, Dr. Alois Schmalwieser.

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Student of the Year

Our bachelor student Bernadette Mödl, BSc. (Bachelor Biomedicine & Biotechnology) has been voted "Student of the Year 2016/17".


Bernadette Mödl is Bachelor

Bernadette Mödl has finished her Bachelor work and achieved the top grade by defense.


Article in BMC Veterinary Research

In May 2017 our article "How to transport veterinary drugs in insulated boxes to avoid thermal damage by heating or freezing" was published in "BMC Veterinary Research".

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Article in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA)

In the beginning of 2017 our article "UCP2 up-regulation within the course of autoimmune encephalomyelitis correlates with T-lymphocyte activation" was published in "Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA)".

Link 42

Article 43


19th Workshop

February 28th, 2017 our 19th Workshop took place, having "Unmasking regulation and the role of mitochondrial uncoupling proteins" as a topic.

Announcement 44

Program 45


Publication in Oncotarget

In December 2016, our paper "Nutrient deprivation in neuroblastoma cells alters 4-hydroxynonenal-induced stress response" was published in the journal Oncotarget. First author is Dr. Lars Zimmermann. Congratulations!
Article 46
Link 47


Telford Premium 2016 Price

In the end of october 2016 Dr. Alois Schmalwieser was given the „Telford Premium Award“ from the „British Institution of Civil Engineers“ for a publication about quality management of UV drink water desinfection facilities.

Price 48

Publication 49

certificate 50


Bachelor thesis with the top grade

Our student assistant Michael Moschinger finished his bachelor thesis in september with the top grade.


ÖGMBT Meeting and Group Workshop

12-14 September 2016 the 8th ÖGMBT Annual Meeting took place in Graz, Austria. We combined that with the summer Workshop of our group.


Article in "Die Presse"

On Juli 30th, 2016, an article of the project "PiPoCooL" was published in "Die Presse" called "Naked chicken and a shower for the pig".

Link to the article 51

Link to the project website 52


kinderuni 2016

July 21st, 2016, KINDERUNI took place, broaching the issue of "Fine smells for small noses".

Link 53


Start-Up funding for junior scientist approved

Our member Dr. Anne Rupprecht won approval for Start-Up funding for junior scientists from the profil line funds ("Profillinien") of the vetmeduni for her project "The role of uncoupling protein 4 in the neuronal metabolism".


Speech by Prof. Schauberger

Oktober 21st, 2016, Ao.Univ.-Prof. Dr. Günther Schauberger will give a speech called "Functions of an expert witness for veterinary public health as part of the licensing procedure for livestock buildings (indoor climate and airborne emissions)" in the festival room of the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna.

summary 72

program 73

Link 74


Paper about Environmental Odour

In the Journal Atmospheric Environment 75 our paper "Factors influencing separation distances against odour annoyance calculated by Gaussian and Lagrangian dispersion models 76" in the field of environmental odour was published in co-operation with the Central Institute of Meteorology and Geodynamics.

Research Highlights:

  • Austrian peak-to-mean algorithm is applied to a Gaussian and a Lagrangian model
  • Atmospheric stability is deduced from ultrasonic anemometer measurements
  • Site-specific peak-to-mean factors are compared and discussed
  • Separation distances for two sites and with two models are compared and discussed
  • The findings are related to the Austrian odour impact criteria

"Distribution of air pollutants"

The overall goal of the project is to improve our current knowledge of air pollution in large agglomerations caused by mankind. The investigation of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and aerosol amounts base on spectral measurements from two instruments located at two different sites in Vienna. The instruments allow for measurements of the sunlight, which is scattered by traces gases and aerosols, at different viewing directions and thus can be used for quantifying the spatial distribution of air pollution.

Project title: "Measurements of the horizontal and vertical distribution of air pollutants in Vienna"
Coordinator: Dr. Alois Schmalwieser
Duration: 15.03.2016-14.03.2019
Funded by: Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung (Austrian Science Fund), Wien


Publication in Atmospheric Environment

In January 2016 our paper " Conversion of the chemical concentration of odorous mixtures into odour concentration and odour intensity: a comparison of methods" was published in the Journal Atmospheric Environment 75. The paper is a result of a cooperation with the University of Science and Technology Beijing, School of Chemistry and Biological Engineering, in Bejing  in the framework of the  Eurasia Pacific Uninet 77

Link 78


Publication in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - Bioenergetics

In November 2015, our paper "The expression of UCP3 directly correlates to UCP1 abundance in brown adipose tissue" was published in the journal Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - Bioenergetics. Lead author is Karolina Hilse, MSc. Congratulations!

Article 79

Link 80


Publication in Free Radical Biology and Medicine

In November 2015, our paper "The molecular mechanism behind reactive aldehyde action on transmembrane translocations of proton and potassium ions" was published in the journal Free Radical Biology and Medicine. Lead author is Dr. Olga Jovanovic. Congratulations!

Article 81

Link 82


Sixth Congress of Austrian Meteorologists at the Vetmeduni Vienna

On November 5th and 6th, the Sixth Congress of Austrian Meteorologists took place for the first time at the Vetmeduni Vienna. About 100 meteorologists met each other on campus to discuss the newest results in research. The working group "Climate Change & Infectious Diseases Group" of the Institute for Public Health hosted the congress.

Link VetMedUni News 83


1st Chinese-Austrian Workshop on Environmental Odour

The presentations given at the 1st Chinese-Austrian Workshop on Environmental Odour are published as open access contributions in the Austrian Contributions to Veterinary Epidemiology 84 series. This workshop was organized in cooperation with the Climate and Air Quality Commission of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the Zentralanstalt für Metereologie und Geodynamik of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science of-, Research and Economy and financed by the Eurasia-Pacific Uninet. Coverpage 85


Article in PNAS

In January 2015, one of our articles, in cooperation with the TU Vienna, was published in PNAS magazine.

Artikel 86

Link VetMedUni 87

Link TU 88


further important publications of our unit 47