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

Congratulations to Martina Zandl-Lang who was awarded the Wilhelm Auerswald Prize 2019 for the best doctoral thesis at a Medical University in Austria (2nd plaze) provided by Sanofi-Aventis Austria.

Latest Publications

Zimmermann A, Kainz K, Hofer SJ, Bauer MA, Schroeder S, Dengjel J, Pietrocola F, Kepp O, Ruckenstuhl C, Eisenberg T, Sigrist SJ, Madeo F, Kroemer G, Carmona-Gutierrez D. Targeting GATA transcription factors - a novel strategy for anti-aging interventions? Microb Cell. 2019; 6(5):212-6

Fanaee-Danesh E, Gali CC, Tadic J, Zandl-Lang M, Kober A, Agujetas VR, de Dios C, Tam-Amersdorfer C, Stracke A, Albrecher NM, Manavalan APC, Reiter M, Sun Y, Colell A, Madeo F, Malle E, Panzenboeck U. Astaxanthin exerts protective effects similar to bexarotene in Alzheimer's disease by modulating amyloid beta and cholesterol homeostasis in blood-brain barrier endothelial cells. Biochim Biophys Acta Mol Basis Dis. 2019; in press

Kolleritsch S, Kien B, Schoiswohl G, Diwoky C, Schreiber R, Heier C, Maresch LK, Schweiger M, Eichmann TO, Stryeck S, Krenn P, Tomin T, Kolb D, Rülicke T, Hoefler G, Wolinski H, Madl T, Birner-Gruenberger R, Haemmerle G. Low cardiac lipolysis reduces mitochondrial fission and prevents lipotoxic heart dysfunction in Perilipin 5 mutant mice. Cardiovasc Res. 2019, in press



18.06.2019 Guest lecture
Structural rearrangements and altered gating properties of disease-associated CRAC channel proteins in cancer by Dr. Irene Frischauf
16:00, Lecture Hall E1, Lecture Hall Center (Auenbruggerplatz 15), MUG

25.06.2019 Guest lecture
Non-coding RNAs as theranostic targets for oral cancer stem cells and oral submucous fibrosis by Prof. Dr. Cheng-Chia Yu
16:00, Lecture Hall E1, Lecture Hall Center (Auenbruggerplatz 15), MUG

11.07.2019 Guest lecture
Nutrient sensing nuclear receptors maintain liver energy balance by Prof. David Moore, PhD
16:00, MC1.G.01.005 (Seminar room 01 - Applied Biomedicine; MED Campus, tract G, 1st floor), MUG