PhaNuSpo Alumni/ae Club

With this programme, we plan to aim at connecting Alumni & Alumnae with each other and current members of Vienna Doctoral School, the Faculty of Life Sciences, Centre for Sport Science and University Sports and as well as the University of Vienna and at facilitating mutually beneficial relationships.

We will establish the Alumni/ae Programme in the coming months.

Our successful graduates with information on their doctoral projects

Pharmaceutical Sciences


Dipl.-Ing. Dr.rer.nat. Jonas Kilian, BSc

  • Defended on 30 September 2022
  • PhD thesis: Design, Synthesis, and Biological Evaluation of Novel Ligands for the Muscarinic Acetylcholine Receptor M1 Towards Their Potential Application as Diagnostic Probes
  • Supervisors: Thierry Langer and Verena Pichler (Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Vienna)

 Dr.rer.nat. Marina Garcia de Lomana Rodriguez, Grda., MSc

  • Defended on 16 September 2022
  • PhD thesis: In silico prediction of in vitro and in vivo toxicity endpoints based on chemical and biological descriptors
  • Supervisor: Johannes Kirchmair and Thierry Langer (Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Vienna)

Mag. pharm. Dr. rer.nat. Julia Langeder

  • Defended on 03.08.2022
  • Thesis: Analytical advances to understand the therapeutic potential of natural products in low respiratory tract infections
  • Supervisor: Judith M. Rollinger (Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Vienna)

Mag.pharm. Dr.rer.nat. Mirta Resetar

  • Defended on 22.07.2022
  • Thesis: Characterization of LRK071, a structural analog of the natural product honokiol, as a novel RXR agonist
  • Supervisor: Verena M. Dirsch (Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Vienna)

Mag.pharm. Dr.rer.nat. Shu-Hua Liu

  • Defended on 08 April 2022
  • Thesis: Environmental factors influence the immune response to ragweed pollen in acute and relapsing mouse models of asthma
  • Supervisors: ao. Univ.-Prof. i.R. Dr. Oskar Hoffmann (Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Vienna) and Assoc. Prof. Univ.-Doz. Dr. Karin Hoffmann-Sommmergruber (Institute of Pathophysiology and Allergy Research, MedUni Vienna)

Dipl.-Ing. Dr.rer.nat. Oliver Wieder

  • Defended on 07 April 2022
  • Thesis: Graph-based method development for Computer-Aided Drug Design
  • Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Thierry Langer (Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences)

Dott.mag. Dr.rer.nat. Margherita Miele

  • Defended on 04 April 2022
  • Thesis: Design and Development of Homologation and Related Strategies for Expanding the Chemical Space of Halogen-Containing Manifolds
  • Supervisor: Ass.-Prof. Dr. Vittorio Pace (Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Vienna | University of Torino, Italy)

Mag.pharm. Dr.rer.nat. Julia Zwirchmayr

  • Defended on 24 February 2022
  • Thesis: Approaches to Unravel the Bioactivities of Natural Remedies
  • Supervisors: Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Judith Maria Rollinger and Mag. Dr. Ulrike Grienke, Privatdoz.(Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Vienna)

Mag.pharm. Dr.rer.nat. Benjamin Kirchweger

  • Defended on 9 February 2022
  • Thesis: Natural products against metabolic diseases: Models for in silico to in vivo discovery
  • Supervisors: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Thierry Langer and Univ.-Prof. Dr. Judith M. Rollinger (Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Vienna)

Dr.rer.nat. José Manuel Cruz Rubio, BSc MSc

  • Defended on 3 February 2022
  • Thesis: Oligo- and polysaccharides isolated from the mucilage of Opuntia ficus-indica and Opuntia joconostle cladodes: characterization and potential use as a pharmaceutical prebiotic ingredient
  • Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. i.R. Mag. Dr. Helmut Viernstein (Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Vienna)

Dr.rer.nat. Dagmar Pretsch, Bakk.rer.nat. MSc

  • Defended on 2 November 2021
  • Thesis: Targeting abnormal metal homeostasis to combat neurodegenerative disorders by natural products
  • Supervisors: Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Judith Maria Rollinger (Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences of the University of Vienna) and ao. Univ.-Prof. i.R. Dr. Axel Schmid (Department für Neurobiologie of the University of Vienna)
  • Reviewers: Prof. Dr. Julia Bornhorst (Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Germany) and Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Wim Wätjen (Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Germany)

Dr.rer.nat. Magdalena Billerhart, BSc MSc

  • Defended on 17 September 2021
  • Thesis: A new immunogene therapy approach inducing tumor eradication by a non-viral plasmid vector encoding for a secreting SIRPa-Fc fusion protein (sCV1-hIgG1) targeting CD47
  • Supervisor: Manfred Ogris

Dott. mag. Dr.rer.nat. Raffaele Senatore

  • Defended on 27 July 2021
  • Thesis: Development of Synthetic Concepts for C1-Homologative Events and Activation of Molecular Rearrangements
  • Supervisors: Thierry Langer and Vittorio Pace

Mag.pharm. Dr.rer.nat. Claudia Vater

  • Defended on 25 July 2021
  • Thesis: Development and analysis of phospholipid-based formulations for topical application and their possible toxicity on human skin cells via cell culture
  • Supervisors: Michael Wirth and Claudia Valenta

Mgr. Dr. Alžběta Türková, Bc.

Dr.rer.nat. Barbara Hufnagel, BSc MSc 

  • Defended on 17 December 2020
  • Thesis: Functional properties of prebiotics and metabolites of probiotics             
  • Supervisor: Franz Gabor and Georg Gübitz

Mag.pharm. Dr.rer.nat. Astrid Pany       

  • Defended on 26 November 2020
  • Thesis: Influence of hair removal and submicron-sized carriers on skin barrier function
  • Supervisor: Claudia Valenta

Dr.rer.nat. Saad Touqeer

  • Defended on 22 October 2020
  • Thesis: Designing New Concepts in Homologation Chemistry with Halocarbenoids: from Direct Transfersinto Electrophilic Platforms to Molecular Rearrangements
  • Supervisor: Vittorio Pace

Mag.pharm. Dr.rer.nat. Eva Mittermair

  • Defended on 29 September 2020
  • Thesis: Xanthones from Metaxya rostrata as promising new lead compounds for cancer therapy
  • Supervisors: Liselotte Krenn and Brigitte Marian

Nutritional Sciences


Mag.rer.nat. Dr.rer.nat. Irene Kászoni-Rückerl

  • Defended on 10 June 2022
  • PhD thesis: Characterisation of Listeria monocytogenes and Listeria innocua to investigate contamination scenarios in dairy processing facilities
  • Supervisors: Karl-Heinz Wagner (Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Vienna) and Martin Wagner (vetmeduni Vienna)

Mag.phil. Dr.rer.nat. Claudia Anna Hana, Bakk.rer.nat. MSc

  • Defended on 08 April 2022
  • Thesis: Protective mechanisms of circulating bilirubin against chronic metabolic diseases
  • Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Wagner (Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Vienna)

Dr.rer.nat Stephanie Viola Lilja, Bakk.rer.nat. MSc

  • Defended on 20 December 2021
  • Thesis: The effects of periodic fasting/fasting mimetics on gut microbiota and epigenetic regulation, especially sirtuins, with the aspect of healthy aging
  • Supervisor: Alexander Haselberger

Dr.rer.nat Amirhossein Yarparvar

  • Defended on 04 March 2021
  • Thesis: Studying the effectiveness of the national program of Vitamin D mega-dose supplementation on the Vitamin D status of the adolescent boys in Tehran
  • Supervisor: Ibrahim Elmadfa

Dr.rer.nat. Annette Brandt, MSc

Sport Science


Dott. mag. Dott. Dr. Gianmarco Giocca

  • Defended on 13 July 2022
  • PhD thesis: The Relevance of Decision-Making and Mental Fatigue in Sport Performanc
  • Supervisor: Harald Tschan

Dr. Martin Gröber, MSc

  • Defended on 5 November 2021
  • Thesis: History-dependent properties in a stretch-shortening cycle: Influence of contraction intensity, rotation magnitude and muscle-tendon unit length
  • Supervisor: Barbara Wessner

Dr. Dominik Hölbling, Bakk.rer.nat. MSc

  • Defended on 28 April 2021
  • Thesis: Physiological and performance requirements in off-road cyclists
  • Supervisor: Arnold Baca

Dr. Bernhard Prinz, Bakk. MSc

  • Defended on 19 March 2021
  • Thesis: Physiological and performance requirements in off-road cyclists
  • Supervisor: Prof. Harald Tschan

MMag.phil. Dr.phil. Andrea Maria Kraus

  • Defended on 20 January 2021
  • Thesis: Gewaltprävention und Selbstverteidigung in der Schule unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der Geschlechterperspektive
  • Supervisor: Michael Kolb

Mag.rer.nat. Dr.phil. Martin Kölbel

  • Defended on 30 October 2020
  • Thesis: Schools on the brink - geflüchtete und vertriebene Personen als Herausforderung für das System Schule und den Schulsport
  • Supervisor: Michael Kolb