14.05.2020: Dr. Igor LONCARIC successfully finished his habiliation and was awarded the venia docendi for Microbiology. Our Congratulations!



04/2020: Start of our FWF/ANR research project on "Role of megaplasmids in pathogen emergence", carried out in cooperation with the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, France (Headed by Prof. Dr. Monika EHLING–SCHULZ , Vetmeduni Vienna and Dr. Didier LERECLUS , INRA). Link to FWF 2


03/2020: Prof. Dr. Monika EHLING-SCHULZ was appointed as FEMS Council member (Federation of European Microbiological Societies), representing the Austrian Society for Hygiene, Microbiology and Preventive Medicine (ÖGHMP).
Link to FEMS 3


12/2019: We welcome BSc. Serina KARUTHEDOM GEORGE in our team. As a student assistant, she will work in frame of the FWF-project "Nim-mediated Resistance". Welcome!


11/2019: We welcome MSc Astrid DIGRUBER in our team. Astrid will carry out her PhD in in the field of "Pathogenic Bacillus cereus s.l", focusing on mechanisms of pathogenicity of Bacillus cereus. Welcome!


10/2019: Helene Marbach, PhD et al. published the article "Within-host evolution of bovine Staphylococcus aureus selects for a SigB-deficient pathotype characterized by reduced virulence but enhanced proteolytic activity and biofilm formation" in Scientific Reports. Link to the article 4. This article describes a new mechanism of persistence of the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus. Link to press release 5


10/2019: Prof. Dr. Siegfried Scherer from Technical University of Munich, Germany, will give a lecture "Overlapping genes: Unexpected genetic complexity of the human pathogen E. coli EHEC" on 16.10.2019  at 2:15 PM, lecture hall D. 


09/2019: Kevin P. Francis, PhD (PerkinElmer Fellow, Visiting Professor at UCLA and Texas A&M) will give a lecture "Preclinical Multimodal Imaging" on 25.09.2019 at 12:15 PM, lecture hall M.


05.09.2019: Vienna Business Run;  6 staff members of our Functional Microbiology Division started for the Vetmeduni Vienna. The participants covered a distance of 4,1 kilometers in the "Prater Hauptallee". We congratulate!



08/2019: We welcome BSc. Barbara TISCHLER in our team as technician.



05/2019-03/2020: Ms Maysa BARBOSA from University of Sao Paulo/Brazil visits our institute. Welcome!


12/2018: Dr. Gregor GRASS  from the Bundeswehr Institute of Microbiology, Dept. of Bacteriology and Toxinology, Munich, Germany, visits our Institute and will give a lecture on SNPing, FiSHing and Phage-ing for Bacillus anthracis ",  05.12.2018 at 12:15 PM, Lecture Hall M.


10/2018: We welcome Stelli STANCHEVA in our team . Stelli will carry out her PhD as part of the PaP vetmeduni doctoral program, focusing on mechanisms of persistance of Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae. Welcome!


07/2018: Dr. Rohini CHOPRA-DEWASTHALY received the 2018 Derrick Edward Award of the International Organization for Mycoplasmology (IOM) for outstanding contributions in research in the field of Mycoplasmology. She presented her award lecture “Mycoplasmas as Fascinating Masters of Camouflage: The Many Complex  and New Facets of Molecular Stealth Mechanisms of Mycoplasma agalactiae” on July 9 at the 22nd IOM Congress held at Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA. Link to Vetmeduni news 7
Further she has been invited to a member of the IOM Board for 2018-2020 biennium.


07/2018: We welcome Susanna LEITER, MSc, and Stefanie STROBL, BSc, in our team as technicians.


29.06.2018: Dr. Rohini CHOPRA-DEWASTHALY was awarded the title "Privatdozentin" and the venia docendi for Molecular Microbiology by the Rector at the Academic Ceremony of Vetmeduni Vienna. The laudatio was given by O.Univ.-Prof. Dr. Renate Rosengarten. Our Congratulations!


05/2018: We welcome PhD Zuzana CHROMIKOVA in our team. Zuzana will work on the molecular basis of cereulides synthesis in emetic Bacillus cereus. Welcome!


01/2018: Prof. Dr. Monika EHLING-SCHULZ, together with her colleagues Prof. Dr. Thomas HOFMANN and Prof. Dr. Siegried SCHERER from TU Munich, was nominated by AiF for the German Future award 2018. Link to AiF press release 9


15.12.2017: Mag. Markus KRANZLER was awarded the PhD degree by the Rector at the Academic Ceremony of Vetmeduni Vienna. Our Congratulations!


10/2017: Dr. Rohini Chopra-Dewasthaly published her research article "Vpma phase variation is important for survival and persistence of Mycoplasma agalactiae in the immunocompetent host" in PLoS Pathogens. Here you will find the Link to the press release 11


12.10.2017: Mag. Markus KRANZLER successfully defended his PhD. Our Congratulations!


10/2017: Dr. Ana Sofìa Ramírez Corbera from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, will give a lecture on "Mollicutes of non-mammalian marine animals: describing two new Mycoplasma species" on 18.10.2017 at 12 o'clock noon at the Lecture Hall M.


09/2017: Start of the AiF/FEI research project on "Synergies and Routes of Emetical Bacillus cereus Toxins in Food and Development of Toxin-Inhibiting Strategies", carried out in cooperation with the Technical University of Munich (Headed by Prof. Dr. Monika EHLING–SCHULZ, Vetmeduni Vienna and Prof. Dr. Thomas HOFMANN, TUM).


09/2017: Priv.-Doz. Dr. med.vet. Joachim SPERGSER elected as a member of the International Committee on Systematics of Prokaryotes (ICSP, Subcommittee for the Taxonomy of Mollicutes). We congratulate!  


08/2017: Dr. Imrich BARAK from the Institute of Molecular Biology, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava visits our department and will give a lecture on "Bacillus subtilis as a Tool in Basic Science and Applied Research" on 09.08.2017 at 12:15 PM at Lecture Hall M.


08/2017: Prof. Dušan MISIC from the Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Belgrade, Serbia visit our institute, and on 01.08.2017 will give a guest lecture on "Multi-drug resistant bacteria isolated from animals in Serbia" (at 12.00 noon/Lecture Hall D).


07/2017: Dr. Jürgen BUSSE was nominated as a delegate for the ICSP (International Committee on Systematics of Prokaryotes) by ÖGHMP (Austrian Society for Hygiene, Microbiology and Preventive Medicine). He will be the representative the ÖGHMP it at the meeting of the IUMS (International Union of Microbiological Societies) in Valencia, Spain from 7.7. to 9.7.17.


07/2017: We welcome Dr. Murat BAGCIOGLU at our institute. He will work as PostDoc in the joint KTI project on “Meat Authenticity Testing by FTIR Spectroscopy" in collaboration with the University of Zurich.


06/2017: Dr. Igor LONCARIC visited the INES-Ruhengeri Institute of  Applied Sciences in Ruhengeri, Rwanda, as part of a delegation from Vetmeduni Vienna. During his visit he gave a lecture on antibiotic resistance and conducted a microbiology workshop with students and scientists. Link to INES  14 Moreover, he was also appointed to the advisory board of the New Vision Veterinary Hospital (NVVH) in the Musanze district of Rwanda.


06/2017: Dr. Kai SOHN from the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB, Stuttgart, will give a guest lecture on 22.06.2017: "From Next Generation Sequencing to Next Generation Diagnostics - Changing the Paradigm to Agnostic Approaches"(5 pm, Lecture Hall G).


05-09/2017: Our PhD student Ms. Katharina MAYER visited the lab of Prof. Susanne Engelmann of the Institute for Microbiology at the Technical University of Braunschweig in frame of an ErasmusPlus scholarship.


05/2017: We welcome Marlene REDL, MSc, in our team as a technician.


04/2017:  We welcome Helene MARBACH, PhD, at our institute. She will work as PostDoc in the FWF project "Persistent Staphylococcus aureus Chronic Bovine Mastitis".


02/2017: In a collaborative project with the Universidad de Buenos Aires, we recently showed that salicylic acid, a common pain reliever, promotes colonization of the nose by the opportunistic pathogen Staphylococcus aureus. Here is the link to the press release 15.


01/2017: Dr. Josef ALTENBUCHNER from the Institute of Industrial Genetics, University of Stuttgart will give a guest lecture on 01.02.2017: "Towards a Bacillus subtilis - Minimal Genome" (at 12 noon, Lecture Hall M). Here is the link to the announcement 16 .


12/2016:  "New, efficient and rapid detection of a bacterial toxin in food" won the prestigious Otto von Guericke Prize 2016. This new method to detect the cereulide toxin was awarded the OVG Prize on 16.12.2016. The picture shows the project leaders Prof. Thomas Hoffmann, Vice Rector for Research at TU Munich, Prof. Monika EHLING-SCHULZ, Institute of Microbiology of VetmedUni Vienna and Prof. Siegfried Scherer, Institute of Microbiology, TU Munich.  Link 17 to press release


12/2016: Priv.-Doz. Dr. Joachim SPERGSER was appointed as a "Founding Diplomate" of the newly founded European College of Veterinary Microbiology (ECVM). Hearty Congratulations! 

Within the framework of the ECVM, a postgraduate training program (Residency Program) for qualifying as a European Diplomate for Veterinary Microbiology is to be established.  Link to ECVM 18