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Presenting early stage researchers

Andreas Wasilewicz: Fighting corona with natural substances

Impact.Award 2022 winner Andreas Wasilewicz's research focuses on the discovery of natural substances against acute respiratory diseases such as COVID-19. At the beginning of his research that is part of a FWF project, Andreas tested various plant and fungal extracts for their antiviral effects against SARS-CoV-2 in a cell model. The project team then further investigated the natural compounds contained in the most promising extracts. Using state-of-the-art natural products research techniques, Wasilewicz and the project team identified the natural substances responsible for the antiviral activity. The researchers then isolated them specifically and studied their antiviral activity against SARS-CoV-2. The substances identified by the researchers could be used for future antiviral drug developments.

November 2022

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VDS PhaNuSpo promotion video

May 2022

Presenting early stage researchers

Healthy Aging: Agnes Draxler explains her research

How can we maintain health during aging? "My research could be the key", claims Agnes Draxler. The video gives an insight into her research about "Healthy Aging".

Agnes Draxler is a doctoral candidate at the VDS of Pharmaceutical, Nutritional and Sport Sciences of the University of Vienna. Her research focuses on healthy aging and how diet and physical fitness are related to DNA damage and oxidative stress parameters.

February 2022

Presenting early stage researchers

Nowras Rahhal: Fighting COVID-19 with research

Nowras Rahhal was born as a stateless refugee in Syria and started his studies in times of civil war: Despite those circumstances, he always believed that academia was the way to go. Today, he is part of the Vienna Doctoral School of Pharmaceutical, Nutritional and Sport Sciences (PhaNuSpo) at the University of Vienna and contributes to the fight against COVID-19 by conducting research in the field of pharmaceutical technology.

Naturstoffe im Kampf gegen das Coronavirus

Professorin Ulrike Grienke vom Department für Pharmakognosie erklärt, wie sie gemeinsam mit Professorin Judith Rollinger im Rahmen des FWF-Projekts "Naturstoffe gegen akute respiratorische Infektionen" nach Wirkstoffen aus der Natur gegen das neuartige Coronavirus sucht.

January 13, 2021

Welcome Message by Jean-Robert Tyran

Video message by Jean-Robert Tyran, Vice-Rector for Research and International Affairs of the University of Vienna, presented at the first virtual VDS PhaNuSpo meeting on March 23, 2021.

Wirkstoffentwicklung am Computer

Am Department für Pharmazeutische Chemie der Uni Wien werden unter anderem antivirale Wirkstoffe entwickelt. Prof. Thierry Langer und PhD graduate Verena Battisti  erklären im Video, welche Relevanz ihre Forschung im Kampf gegen das neuartige Coronavirus hat und wie sie dabei mit computerbasierten Methoden Tierversuche vermeiden.

November 2020

Vienna Doctoral School

The University of Vienna offers doctoral education in a wide range of research fields. Close supervision and mentoring provided by experienced researchers is our main goal. A variety of funding options support your research activities. The University of Vienna provides excellent infrastructure to carry out cutting-edge research – in the heart of the city. 

The University of Vienna believes that your ideas can change the world. Convinced? Find further information about the doctoral/ PhD programmes at the University of Vienna at:

August 3, 2020

Do you consider doing a PhD?

Doing a PhD is a defining moment in your academic career and a milestone in your personal growth. This transition takes you from a mere student to a creative, critical, and autonomous thinker. If you are ready for this change, we recommend the University of Vienna! We are a highly respected, research-intensive university with modern infrastructure that will provide you with an intellectually inspiring environment. Our new doctoral programs will support you in many ways so that you can conduct research at the highest international level! More about the Doctoral Schools:

September 24, 2020