Elected ÖH PhD Representatives

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Johanna Schachtl-Rieß

PhD program Host "Response in Opportunistic Infections” (HOROS)

Division of Genetic Epidemiology, Mediecal University of Innsbruck, Schoepfstrasse 41, A-6020 Innsbruck


My name is Johanna Schachtl-Rieß and I studied Molecular Medicine here at the Medical University of Innsbruck. Since April 2018 I am working in the laboratory of Prof. Florian Kronenberg at the Division for Genetic Epidemiology. During my PhD I aim to understand how reverse cholesterol transport and especially its initial step – cholesterol efflux from macrophages to HDL –  influence susceptibility to infections.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me: ;



Valentina Sladky

PhD program "Molecular Cell Biology and Oncology (MCBO and MO)"

Division of Developmental Immunology, Medical University of Innsbruck, 
Innrain 80-82, A-6020 Innsbruck



My name is Valentina Sladky and I am working on my PhD project in Andreas Villunger's lab. I did my master’s degree in Biotechnology at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences (BOKU) in Vienna and moved back to Innsbruck in 2015 to join the MCBO graduate program. In my PhD project, I use mouse models to investigate the role of the protease caspase-2 in liver development and regeneration.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions!


Sebastian Peer

PhD program "Molecular Cell Biology and Oncology (MCBO and MO)"

Division of Cell Genetics, Medical University of Innsbruck, 
Peter Mayr Straße 1a, A-6020 Innsbruck


My name is Sebastian Peer and I am working at Gottfried Baier´s lab, studying molecular mechanisms in cancer with knockout mice. After studying Biology at the LFU Innsbruck and completing my master thesis on macrophages (also in the cell genetics lab), I am now focusing (since October 2014) as a PhD student on the role of T-cells in cancer. Since October 2015 I am also representing the PhD students in the senate of the MUI, so if you have any questions feel free to ask! :)




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Chiara Volani

PhD program "Host Response in Opportunistic Infections"

Department of Internal Medicine VI, Medical University of Innsbruck, Anichstraße 35, A-6020 Innsbruck

Hi! :-)

My name is Chiara Volani, and I am a PhD student of HOROS, Infectious diseases.

I started my studies in Molecular Medicine at the University of Padua (Italy), and then I moved to Ulm (Germany) for the Master. Since April 2015, I have joined the working group of Prof. G. Weiss, where I am mainly interested in molecular pathways involved in iron homeostasis, with a particular focus on mitochondria.



Marco Grasse

PhD program "Host Response in Opportunistic Infections"

Immunological Division, Institute of Biomedical Aging Research, Leopold-Franzens University of Innsbruck, Rennweg 10, A-6020 Innsbruck


I studied Biology at the Humboldt University of Berlin and the Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel. Since 2014 I am a PhD student of the HOROS program. Within the scope of my PhD I aim to better understand the diphtheria-specific immune response across a broad range of ages, in men as well as in mice. 

Don't hesitate to contact me, if you have any questions regarding the HOROS PhD-program. (


Tiziana Gasperetti

PhD program "Infection Immunity & Transplantation (IIT)"

Department of Internal Medicine I, Medical University of Innsbruck, Anichstraße 35, A-6020 Innsbruck

Hello to everybody! 

I am Tiziana Gasperetti and starting from April 2017 I am a student of the IIT PhD program. I previously completed my Bachelor in Biomolecular Sciences and Technology at the University of Trento and after that I moved to Innsbruck to do my Master in Biotechnology at the Management Center Innsbruck. I am now part of the working group of Professor Romuald Bellmann, focusing on the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of the echinocandin antifungal drugs.

Whenever you have any problem, question or suggestion please contact me:


Ines Schoberleitner 

PhD program "Regulation of Gene Expression"

Division of Molecular Biology, Medical University of Innsbruck,
Innrain 80-82, A-6020 Innsbruck


My name is Ines Schoberleitner and I studied Biology and obtained my Master´s degree in Molecular Cell- and Developmental Biology at the Leopold Franzens University of Innsbruck. Currently, I am enrolled in the „Regulation of Gene Expression during Growth, Development and Differentiation” programme and in September 2016 I started to work on my PhD thesis under supervision of ao.Univ.-Prof. Dr. Alexandra Lusser at the department of Molecular Biology. My focus lies on the analysis of RNA modifying enzymes in mammalian cells.

In case of doubts, questions or suggestions, don´t hesitate to contact me:


Enrica Paradiso

PhD program "Signal Processing in Neurons (SPIN)"

Department of Pharmacology, Medical University Innsbruck, Peter-Mayr Strasse 1a, A-6020 Innsbruck


My name is Enrica Paradiso, I am Italian and I studied experimental psychology at the University of Florence, Italy. I moved to Innsbruck in october 2013 when I enrolled in the Neuroscience PhD program SPIN-Signal Processing in Neurons and I started working in the group of Francesco Ferraguti at the Department of Pharmacology. My PhD thesis focus on the connectivity and role in fear conditioning and extinction of a specific subclass of interneurons (Vasoactive intestinal polypeptide-expressing interneurons) in the basolateral amygdala.


Nicole Huber

PhD program "Genetics and Genomics (G&G)"

Institute of Legal Medicine
Medical University of Innsbruck,
Muellerstr. 44, A-6020 Innsbruck

Hey Ho :)

My name is Nicole Huber and I studied Biomedical Informatics at the UMIT (Austria) and Forensic Science at Staffordshire University (UK).
Currently I am enrolled in the Genetics and Genomics PhD program and doing my PhD under supervision of Walther Parson at the Institute of Legal Medicine. The main focus of my work is mtDNA databases and sequence alignment.

Feel free to contact me:


Anika Bresk

PhD program "Infectious Diseases"

Division of Virology
Peter-Mayr-Straße 4b, A-6020 Innsbruck

Hi guys,

my name is Anika and I am a PhD-student of Infectious Diseases.
I studied Biotechnology in Berlin at the University of Applied Science and Molecular biology and Biochemistry at the University of Potsdam. Since my Bachelor thesis I am working in the field of HIV and that’s what I really want to do. That’s why I came to Innsbruck to do my PhD at the Division of Virology where I can continue to work with HIV.
If you have any questions regarding the PhD-Program, Innsbruck or whatever, feel free to contact me:

Cheers, Anika


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Elisbeth Pfeiffenberger

PhD program "Molecular Oncology"

Devision for Molecular Pathophysiology, 
Medical University of Innsbruck, Innrain 80-82, A-6020 Innsbruck

I'm Lisi, PhD student in the Divison of Molecular Pathophysiology and working mostly on the biochemical characterization of CDKs.
As former PhD students' representative I have been and still am part of the organization committee for the "Life Science PhD Meeting" in Innsbruck.
Please contact me if you have any queries regarding the life science meeting or general PhD studies-related questions at