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Ulrike Binder

Ulrike BINDER logo-orcid
Priv.-Doz. Mag.Dr.rer.nat. PhD

Tel.: +43 (0)512 9003-70748

Biographical sketch

Studies of Microbiology and Molekular Biology at the Leopold-Franzens-University, Innsbruck, Austria – Master and PhD in Microbiology – filamentous fungi, opportunistic human pathogens, antifungal peptides, calcium signaling, signaling pathways – antifungal agents and their mechanisms, alternative in vivo models, host pathogen interaction

Current Position

Senior Scientist
Post Doc


2012 Diploma "CBS course on Medical Mycology"
2005 - 2009

Ph.D. degree at the Medical University Innsbruck. Topic: "Characterization of the toxicity of the Penicillium chrysogenum antifungal protein PAF" at the Biocenter, Division of Molecular Biology, Medical University Innsbruck

2003 - 2005 Master degree at the Leopold-Franzens-University Innsbruck. Topic: "Characterisation of antifungal proteins secreted by aspergilli"

1999 - 2005
Studies of Microbiology at the Leopold-Franzens-University Innsbruck, Austria

Career History

01/2011 - to date Postdoctoral research fellow at the Division of Hygiene and Medical Microbiology

03/2009 - 12/2010

Postdoctoral research fellow at the Division of Molecular Biology, Biocenter, Innsbruck Medical University


Research visit at the Department of Fungal Genetics, University of Murcia, Spain


Research visit at the Institute of Microbiology, CHUV Lausanne; Assoc.Prof. Dr. D. Sanglard. Training in molecular biological techniques to be applied in the Galleria mellonella model

Research visit at the National University of Ireland Maynooth, Department of Biology, Dr. Kevin Kavanagh; Topic: Suitability and adaptation of the alternative in vivo model Galleria mellonella for A. terreus and Mucorales

09/2009 & 05/2010

Research visit at the National Institute of Chemistry, Laboratory of Biotechnology, Ljubljana, Slovenia; Dr. M. Bencina. Topic: Influence of the antifungal protein PAF on Ca2+ homeostasis and cAMP/Pka signalling in Aspergillus niger


Two months research visit at the Institute of Cell Biology, University of Edinburgh, Prof. Dr. ND Read (Topic: The antifungal protein PAF disrupts calcium signalling in N. crassa)


Two months study visit at the Institute of Cell Biology, University of Edinburgh. Prof. Dr. ND Read (Topic: The influence of antifungal proteins on the calcium signal transduction cascade and the calcium homeostasis in A. nidulans and N. crassa)


Two months visit at St. John's University, Department of Biological Sciences, Institute for Biotechnology, New York, Dr. D. Bartelt (Topic: "Measurement of the intracellular calcium concentration in Aspergillus nidulans expressing the recombinant photoprotein aequorin".)


Internship at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Centre for Microbial Biotechnology, Copenhagen, Prof. Jens Nielsen. Training in "Expression of recombinant proteins in yeast"

Grants and fellowships


EMBO short term fellowship to generate bioluminescent reporter strains in Mucorales (University of Murcia, Spain)
2012 - 2014 MUI-Start grant (2012092002): “Galleria mellonella as a host model to study invasive fungal infections due to Mucorales”, 2 years funding periode

2012 - ongoing

Gilead study grant “Galleria mellonella as a host model to study Mucorales infections and antifungal efficacy”
2008 EMBO short time fellowship and ÖFG travel grant to study the influence of the antifungal peptide PAF on calcium homeostasis in N. crassa (Edinburgh University)

2006, 2007  

Scholarship “i-med Auslandsstipendium” to finance study visit at St. John`s University, New York (2006) and Edinburgh University, UK (2007) in order to study calcium homeostasis in Aspergillus sp.



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Other activities

Editorial Board
Medical Mycology (2017 - ongoing)

Section editor
Current Fungal Infection reports (CFIR); section: Advances in Diagnosis of Invasive Fungal Infections (2012 - 2014)

Ad hoc reviewer

pfeil-klein.jpg Journal of Fungi (MDPI)
pfeil-klein.jpg Antimicrobials and Chemotherapie (ASM)
pfeil-klein.jpg Medical Microbiology and Immunology (Springer)
pfeil-klein.jpg Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology (Springer)
pfeil-klein.jpg Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ASM)
pfeil-klein.jpg Virulence (Tailor and Francies)
pfeil-klein.jpg Microbial Pathogenesis (Elsevier)

Active membership at the

pfeil-klein.jpg International Society of Human and Animal Mycology (ISHAM)
pfeil-klein.jpg Austrian Society for Medical Microbiology (ÖGMM)
pfeil-klein.jpg Austrian Society of Hygiene, Microbiology and Preventive Medicine (ÖGHMP)
pfeil-klein.jpg Austrian Association of Molecular Life Sciences and Biotechnology (ÖGMBT)

CBS course on Medical Mycology (2012)