Interdisciplinary Research Networks

To foster new collaborative interactions between the Research Centers, the Faculty of Life Sciences has launched this new funding scheme for the establishment of up to four interdisciplinary research networks each year. The projects are evaluated by the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) of the Faculty. The aim of this initiative is to generate preliminary information necessary for joint proposals to be submitted to national and/or international research funding bodies.


  • Analysis of transcription factor protein interaction networks in development and physiology;  Ulrich Technau (Department of Molecular Evolution and Development), Wolfram Weckwerth (Department of Ecogenomics and Systems Biology, Vienna Metabolomics Center) and Elke Heiss (Department of Pharmacognosy)
  • Archaea as novel tumor homing therapeutics; Christa Schleper (Department of Ecogenomics and Systems Biology) and Manfred Ogris (Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry)



  • Advanced optical tracing to unravel the cellular transport mechanism of an immune-gene therapy approach for cancer - Ingeborg Lang, CF Cell Imaging und Ultrastrukturforschung and Manfred Ogris, Dept. of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Flower visiting beetles as potential pollinators - Harald Krenn, Dept. of Integrative Zoology and Jürg Schönenberger, Dept. of Botaniy and Biodiversity Research
  • Microbial communities in marine sediments: preliminary analyses of diversity and secondary metabolite biosynthesis potential - Sergey Zotchev, Judith Rollinger, both Dept. of  Pharmakognosy and Gerhard Herndl, Dept. of Limnology und Bio-Oceanography
  • Oxidative stress in bird migration - Leonida Fusani, Dept. of Cognitive Biology and Karl-Heinz Wagner, Dept.  of Nutritional Sciences