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:


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 1

Link Men's Health 2

Link Newsweek 3


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 4


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 6


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 8


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 10


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 11). Last author is Prof. Elena E. Pohl.

Link 12



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 15


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!

Link 16



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 17


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 19



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 21


New Projekt


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

More information 23


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: 24

Link to the Journal: 25


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 26


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 27


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 28


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 30


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.

Link 34


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".

Link 35


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 36

Article 37


19th Workshop

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

Announcement 38

Program 39


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 40
Link 41


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 42

Publication 43

certificate 44


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 45

Link to the project website 46


kinderuni 2016

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

Link 47


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 66

program 67

Link 68


Paper about Environmental Odour

In the Journal Atmospheric Environment 69 our paper "Factors influencing separation distances against odour annoyance calculated by Gaussian and Lagrangian dispersion models 70" 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 69. 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 71

Link 72


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 73

Link 74


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 75

Link 76


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 77


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 78 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 79


Article in PNAS

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

Artikel 80

Link VetMedUni 81

Link TU 82


further important publications of our unit 41