International PhD Program










Metabolic and Cardiovascular Disease (DK-MCD)

The DK-MCD offers an excellence PhD program that provides an in-depth, multidisciplinary training in biomedical research in a stimulating international environment. The thesis projects focus on aspects of metabolic and cardiovascular diseases that integrate basic research and clinically-oriented sciences utilizing a wide spectrum of state-of-the-art techniques.


Latest News

The Call for Applications to PhD student positions in the PhD programs of the Med Uni Graz is open! For further information please see the PhD website.

We warmly welcome Brigitte Pertschy, Ulrich Stelzl and Birgit Wiltschi as associated members to the DK-MCD faculty.

Latest Publications

Safari Z, Bruneau A, Monnoye M, Mariadassou M, Philippe C, Zatloukal K, Gérard P. Murine Genetic Background Overcomes Gut Microbiota Changes to Explain Metabolic Response to High-Fat Diet. Nutrients. 2020; 12(2):E287

Wallner M, Eaton DM, Berretta RM, Liesinger L, Schittmayer M, Gindlhuber J, Wu J, Jeong MY, Lin YH, Borghetti G, Baker ST, Zhao H, Pfleger J, Blass S, Rainer PP, von Lewinski D, Bugger H, Mohsin S, Graier WF, Zirlik A, McKinsey TA, Birner-Gruenberger R, Wolfson MR, Houser SR. HDAC inhibition improves cardiopulmonary function in a feline model of diastolic dysfunction. Sci Transl Med. 2020; 12(525):eaay7205

Radulovic S, Gottschalk B, Hörl G, Zardoya-Laguardia P, Schilcher I, Hallström S, Vujic N, Schmidt K, Trieb M, Graier WF, Malli R, Kratky D, Marsche G, Frank S. Endothelial lipase increases eNOS activating capacity of high-density lipoprotein. Biochim Biophys Acta Mol Cell Biol Lipids. 2020; 1865(4):158612

Klec C, Ziomek G, Pichler M, Malli R, Graier WF. Calcium Signaling in ß-cell Physiology and Pathology: A Revisit. Int J Mol Sci. 2019; 20(24):6110



05.03.2020 Guest lecture
Title to be announced by Prof. Dr. Clemens Fellner
time and venue to be announced

06.03.2020 Guest lecture
Prognostic immune profiling of malignant pleural effusion patients by digital pathology and NanoString transcriptional analysis by Cheng-Guang Wu, PhD
12:15, Lecture Hall MC5, MED CAMPUS Graz (Neue Stiftingtalstrasse 6, ground floor), Med Uni Graz
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10.03.2020 Guest lecture
Title to be announced by Prof. Madesh Muniswamy, MS PhD
16:00, MC1.F.05.016 (SR Pathology 01, MED Campus, tract F, 5th floor), Med Uni Graz

12.03.2020 Guest lecture
Early human placentation with special emphasis on the immunology of the fetal maternal interface by Prof. Jürgen Pollheimer, PhD
15:00, Lecture Hall MC4, MED CAMPUS Graz (Neue Stiftingtalstrasse 6, ground floor), Med Uni Graz

18.03.2020 Guest lecture
BioTechMed-Graz Flagship Lecture: Network medicine: From cellular networks to the human diseasome by Prof. Dr. Albert-László Barabási
17:00, Lecture Hall BMT (Stremayrgasse 16), TUG

26.03.2020 Guest lecture
Deep learning for medical image analysis by Dr. Darko Stern
16:00, MC1.G.01.005 (Seminar room 01 - Applied Biomedicine; MED CAMPUS Graz, tract G, 1st floor), Med Uni Graz

26.03.2020 Guest lecture
Empowering mammalian haploid genetics to identify novel genes and pathways in lipid metabolism by Prof. Dr. Noam Zelcer
16:00, MC1.F.05.016 (SR Pathology 01, MED Campus, tract F, 5th floor), Med Uni Graz

31.03.2020 Guest lecture
Ferroptosis - death by lipid peroxidation by Prof. Dr. José Pedro Friedmann Angeli
13:00, MC1.F.05.016 (SR Pathology 01, MED Campus, tract F, 5th floor), Med Uni Graz

01.04.2020 Guest lecture
MicroRNA therapeutics in cancer by Prof. Frank J. Slack, PhD
15:00, Lecture Hall D, Lecture Hall Center (Auenbruggerplatz 15), Med Uni Graz

ISBFrontiers in Integrative Structural Biology and Biophysics
Meerscheinschlössl (Mozartgasse 3), UG

SFB8th International Graz Symposium on Lipid and Membrane Biology
Medical University of Graz