Sektion für Molekularbiologie

Fabio Gsaller PhD., Postdoc



Phone: +43/(0)512/9003-70231

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Short curriculum

2004-2008 Bachelor studies of Biology at the Leopold-Franzens-University Innsbruck

Practical training at Dr. Norbert Polacek’s Lab, Division of Genomics and 
RNomics, Medical University of Innsbruck


Master Studies at the Leopold-Franzens-University Innsbruck. 
Thesis: ‘The role of HapX as transcriptional regulator in iron homeostasis of Aspergillus spp.


PhD Studies at the Medical University of Innsbruck. 
Thesis: ‘Iron Metabolism in Acremonium chrysogenum and Aspergillus spp.


PostDoctoral Scientist on the EU FP7 project NOFUN at the Manchester 
Fungal Infection Group, University of Manchester (UK)


Erwin-Schrödinger Fellow at the Manchester Fungal Infection Group, 
University of Manchester (UK)


Erwin-Schrödinger Fellow at the Molecular Biology Division, Medical University of Innsbruck
Project: Genetic Pursuit of Antifungal Drug Mechanisms of Action

Honorary Senior Research Fellow, University of Manchester



2013 - Award of Excellence (Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy)

2014 - Erwin-Schrödinger PostDoctoral Fellowship (Austrian Science Fund FWF & the European Union)

2015 - Minor Medical Research Grant (The Dowager Countess Eleanor Peel Trust &
           The Fungal Infection Trust), UK

2016 - FEBS Short-Term Fellowship (Federation of European Biochemical Societies)

2017 - Young Scientist Development Award for Clinical Mycology (German-speaking mycological society)

2018 - FWF Stand-Slone Project (Austrian Science Fund FWF)



Research fields

Molecular microbiology

Antifungal Research



  1. Gsaller, F., Furukawa, T., Carr, P. D., Rash, B., Jochl, C., Bertuzzi, M., Bignell, E. M. and Bromley, M. J. (2018) The mechanistic basis of pH-dependent 5-flucytosine resistance in Aspergillus fumigatus. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. doi 10.1128/AAC.02593-17

  2. Misslinger, M., Gsaller, F., Hortschansky, P., Müller, C., Bracher, F., Bromley, M. J., and Haas, H. (2017) The cytochrome b5 CybE is regulated by iron availability and is crucial for azole resistance in A. fumigatus. Metallomics, in press.

  3. Johns, A., Scharf, D. H., Gsaller, F., Schmidt, H., Heinekamp, T., Strassburger, M., Oliver, J. D., Birch, M., Beckmann, N., Dobb, K. S., Gilsenan, J., Rash, B., Bignell, E., Brakhage, A. A. and Bromley, M. J. (2017) A Nonredundant Phosphopantetheinyl Transferase, PptA, Is a Novel Antifungal Target That Directs Secondary Metabolite, Siderophore, and Lysine Biosynthesis in Aspergillus fumigatus and Is Critical for Pathogenicity, MBio. 8(4).

  4. Gsaller, F., Hortschansky, P., Furukawa, T., Carr, P. D., Rash, B., Capilla, J., Muller, C., Bracher, F., Bowyer, P., Haas, H., Brakhage, A. A. & Bromley, M. J. (2016) Sterol Biosynthesis and Azole Tolerance Is Governed by the Opposing Actions of SrbA and the CCAAT Binding Complex, PLoS pathogens. 12, e1005775.

  5. Gsaller, F., Hortschansky, P., Beattie, S. R., Klammer, V., Tuppatsch, K., Lechner, B. E., Rietzschel, N., Werner, E. R., Vogan, A. A., Chung, D., Muhlenhoff, U., Kato, M., Cramer, R. A., Brakhage, A. A. & Haas, H. (2014) The Janus transcription factor HapX controls fungal adaptation to both iron starvation and iron excess, The EMBO journal. 33, 2261-76.

  6. Blatzer, M., Gsaller, F., Abt, B., Schrettl, M., Specht, T. & Haas, H. (2014) An endogenous promoter for conditional gene expression in Acremonium chrysogenum: the xylan and xylose inducible promoter xyl1(P.), Journal of biotechnology. 169, 82-6.

  7. Gsaller, F., Blatzer, M., Abt, B., Schrettl, M., Lindner, H. & Haas, H. (2013) The first promoter for conditional gene expression in Acremonium chrysogenum: iron starvation-inducible mir1(P), Journal of biotechnology. 163, 77-80.

  8. Gründlinger, M., Gsaller, F., Schrettl, M., Lindner, H. & Haas, H. (2013) Aspergillus fumigatus SidJ mediates intracellular siderophore hydrolysis, Applied and environmental microbiology. 79, 7534-6.

  9. Gsaller, F., Eisendle, M., Lechner, B. E., Schrettl, M., Lindner, H., Muller, D., Geley, S. & Haas, H. (2012) The interplay between vacuolar and siderophore-mediated iron storage in Aspergillus fumigatus, Metallomics. 4, 1262-70.

  10. Schrettl, M., Beckmann, N., Varga, J., Heinekamp, T., Jacobsen, I. D., Jochl, C., Moussa, T. A., Wang, S., Gsaller, F., Blatzer, M., Werner, E. R., Niermann, W. C., Brakhage, A. A. & Haas, H. (2010) HapX-mediated adaption to iron starvation is crucial for virulence of Aspergillus fumigatus, PLoS pathogens. 6.

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