Dr. rer.nat. Kathrin Rychli

Group Leader
Institute of Milk Hygiene, Milk Technology and Food Science
Department/University Clinic for Farm Animals and Veterinary Public Health
University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna
Veterinärplatz 1
A- 1210 Vienna


Dr.rer.nat. Kathrin Kober-Rychli
T +43 1 25077-3510
E-Mail to Kathrin Kober-Rychli




Main areas of research

Stress response and virulence of Listeria monocytogenes.

Listeria (L.) monocytogenes is a facultative intracellular foodborne pathogen responsible for listeriosis, a rare but severe illness in humans. L. monocytogenes can resist extreme environmental stress and survives therefore in multiple habitants e.g. in the host or the food producing environment.
We aim to understand the mechansims involved in stress response, adaptation and persistence. Furthermore we are interested in the effects of environmental stress like food matrices on the virulence and pathogenicicty of Listeria.


Novel antimicrobial and bioactive compounds.

Antibiotic resistance and the low number of antibiotics in the discovery pipeline are an emerging problem of public health. It is essential to develop innovative approaches to discover novel antibiotics and bioactive compounds. Genome sequencing of fungi revealed that the number of genes involved in biosynthesis of secondary metabolites is greater than the number of known compounds including potential novel antimicrobial compounds, which are not produced under standard laboratory conditions. We aim to discover novel bioactive compounds including antimicrobial compounds and resistance inhibitors from fungi using e.g. small chemicals, potential epigenetic modifiers


Current projects



  • Lab courses in food safety (“Übungen zur Qualitätssicherung und Risikobewertung von Lebensmitteln”, “Lebensmitteluntersuchung und Erstellung von Gutachten” ,Studies of Veterinary Medicine)
  • Special Aspects of Genetics (bachelor studies in Biomedicine and Biotechnology)
  • Bachelor and master thesis


Kathrin Kober-Rychli

Dr.rer.nat. Kathrin Kober-Rychli
T +43 1 25077-3510
E-Mail to Kathrin Kober-Rychli