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Michaela Lackner

Michaela LACKNER logo-orcid
Assoz. Prof. Priv.-Doz. Mag.Dr.rer.nat. PhD

Tel.: +43 (0)512 9003-70725

Biographical sketch

Microbiology studies at the Leopold-Franzens-University, Innsbruck, Austria – Master and PhD in Mycology/Molecular Biology, Habilitation at the Medical University of Innsbruck for Hygiene and Medical Microbiology – Molecular Diagnostics – Fungal Taxonomy – Emerging Fungal Pathogens – Antifungal Resistance Epidemiology – Molecular Resistance Mechanisms

Current Position

Leader of the Mycology Research Group
Assistant Professor


2002 Matura, BORG Innsbruck for natural sciences, Innsbruck, Austria
2005 BSc in Biology, Leopold-Franzens-University of Innsbruck, Austria
2007 MSc (Mag.rer.nat.) in Microbiology, Leopold-Franzens-University of Innsbruck, Austria with excellence
2010 PhD (Dr.rer.nat.) in Mycology and Molecular Biology, Leopold-Franzens-University of Innsbruck in collaboration with, Austria with excellence

Career History

present - 07/2019

Associated Professor at the HMM


Habilitation (venia docendi) for Hygiene and Medical Microbiology (MUI)


Assistenzprofessorin (Junior Professor tenure track) signing qualification criteria at the MUI


A2 position contract (MUI)

since 2016

Leader of the Mycology Research Group

present - 2016

Co-investigator of OPATHY "From Omics to Patient: Improving Diagnostics of Pathogenic Yeasts" (Marie-Skłodowska-Curie Action funded by the European Commission; Grant agreement no: 642095; PI: Lass-Flörl)

present - 2015

Co-investigator of Christian Doppler-Laboratory for fungal infections: avoid, find and treat (PI: Lass-Flörl)


Head of the Molecular Diagnostic Unit at HMM (MUI)


AspBIOmics (ERAnet FWF project number ZFI006560): PostDoc in the working group of Cornelia Lass-Flörl (Division of Hygiene and Medical Microbiology, Innsbruck Medical University, MUI, Austria)


EU project: “Mould array” Collaboration with the working group of G.S. de Hoog (CBS)


Scientific exchange-project: J. Guarro (Universitat Rovira I Virgili-ES)


Scientific assistant: FWF-project (P16289-BO3) Pseudallescheria boydii – a model for the evolution of the opportunistic fungi


MUI Start 2017-01-08 MUI 2017

P32329 FWF Stand alone Characterization
of intrinsic azole resistance inmucormycetes
FWF 2019-2023

18-UOO-007-CSG Catalyst Seed Fund New Zealand
Tools for drug discovery from an ancient
fungal family


pfeil-klein.jpg ÖGIT award 2016 "Österreichischer Infektionspreis 2016"
pfeil-klein.jpg DMykG Forschungspreis 2017
pfeil-klein.jpg Poster price 2018 at the 8th Advances Against Aspergillosis
pfeil-klein.jpg Poster price 2019 at the Paul Ehrlich Gesellschaft


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Other activities

Functions in scientific societies

pfeil-klein.jpg Founder and president of the Young ISHAM (09/2009 - 06/2015)
pfeil-klein.jpg Convenor of the ISHAM working group of Nomenclature of Medical Fungi (present - 11/2012)
pfeil-klein.jpg Convenor (= Coordinator) of the ECMM-ISHAM
pfeil-klein.jpg working group on Pseudallescheria/Scedosporium infections
(present - 09/2010)
pfeil-klein.jpg Co-treasurer of the Austrian Society for Medical Mycology ÖGMM)
(present - 12/2012)
pfeil-klein.jpg ISHAM Council member with voting rights (06/2012 - 06/2015)

Conference committees:

pfeil-klein.jpg Member of scientific organisation committee ISHAM 2018, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
pfeil-klein.jpg Member of the organisation committee ISHAM 2015, Melbourne, Australia
pfeil-klein.jpg Member of the organisation board Masterclass barcoding 2014, Utrecht, The Netherlands
pfeil-klein.jpg Member of the local organisation committee 3rd International Workshop on Scedosporium Bonn, Germany
pfeil-klein.jpg Member of the DMykG scientific committee ISHAM 2012 in Berlin, Germany

Other non-scientific function at the Medical University of Innsbruck

pfeil-klein.jpg Substitute member of the "Liste Life Sciences - Mittelbau - Senat"
(present - 2013)
pfeil-klein.jpg Substitute member of the "Arbeitskreis für Gleichbehandlungsfragen"
(present - 12/2015)