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


Dr.rer.nat. Stefan Michael Kohlbacher, BSc MSc

  • Defended on 22 December 2022
  • PhD thesis: Applied machine-learning in the field of next-generation pharmacophores
  • Supervisor: Thierry Langer

Dr.rer.nat. Barbara Füzi, BSc MSc

  • Defended on 13 December 2022
  • PhD thesis: Data science approaches for deciphering the systemic background of toxic events induced by drugs
  • Supervisor: Gerhard Ecker

Dr.rer.nat. Mareike Rentzsch, BSc MSc

  • Defended on 12 December 2022
  • PhD thesis: Targeted delivery to Langerin-expressing cells
  • Supervisor: Christoph J. H. Rademacher

Dr.rer.nat. Jörg Heider, BSc MSc MSc

  • Defended on 9 December 2022
  • PhD thesis: Apo2ph4 - Automatic Pharmacophore Generation from Apo Protein Structures: Tool Development and Application to the Design and Synthesis of Novel Bio-active Small Molecules
  • Supervisors: Thierry Langer and Thomas Seidel

Dr.rer.nat. Verena Battisti

  • Defended on 9 November 2022
  • PhD thesis: Design, Synthesis, and Pharmacological Optimisation of Potent Novel Small Molecule Inhibitors of Chikungunya Virus
  • Supervisors: Thierry Langer and Ernst Urban

Dr.rer.nat. Hengxi Zhang

  • Defended on 4 November 2022
  • PhD thesis: Identification of allosteric modulators and investigations into the allosteric mechanism of the C-type lectins DC-SIGN and Langerin
  • Supervisor: Christoph J. H. Rademacher

Mag.pharm. Dr.rer.nat. Thomas Göls, MSc

  • Defended on 13 October 2022
  • PhD thesis: Balm of Norway spruce (Picea abies) as wound healing agent - Isolation, identification and analysis of main constituents and their pro-migratory effect on keratinocytes
  • Supervisors: Sabine Glasl-Tazreiter and Elke Heiß

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 

 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

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

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

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: Oskar Hoffmann (Univ. of Vienna) and Karin Hoffmann-Sommmergruber (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: Thierry Langer

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: Vittorio Pace

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

  • Defended on 24 February 2022
  • Thesis: Approaches to Unravel the Bioactivities of Natural Remedies
  • Supervisors: Judith Maria Rollinger and Ulrike Grienke

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: Thierry Langer and Judith M. Rollinger

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: Helmut Vier­nstein

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: Judith Maria Rollinger, and Axel Schmid (Department of Neurobiology)

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.

  • Denfended on 16 February 2021
  • Thesis: Data-driven Molecular Modeling Studies with a Special Focus on Hepatocellular Uptake Transporters
  • Supervisor: Barbara Zdrazil

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


Dr.rer.nat. Mag. Marlene Wahl

  • Defended on 7 December 2022
  • PhD thesis: The impact of a sensory training on gustatory and olfactory perception in school children and its relevance in the context of nutrition and consumer education at a lower secondary level in Austria.
  • Supervisor: Dorota Majchrzak

Dr.rer.nat. Finn Jung BSc MSc

  • Defended on 7 November 2022
  • PhD thesis: Untersuchungen zum Einfluss von Alkoholkonsum und Bierinhaltsstoffen auf die Entstehung metabolischer Lebererkrankungen und auf Entzündungsprozesse
  • Supervisor: Ina Bergheim

Dr.rer.nat. András Gregor

  • Defended on 25 October 2022
  • PhD thesis: Impact of caloric restriction on the gastrointestinal tract and the role of taurine and bile acids
  • Supervisors: Jürgen König and Kalina Duszka

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 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: Karl-Heinz Wagner

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

  • Defended on 3 December 2020
  • Thesis: "Modulators of intestinal permeability in the prevention and therapy of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease"
  • Supervisor: Ina Bergheim

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: 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