We are a big and international group, combining many different backgrounds into productive research.
PI and Group Leaders
Myint Myat Khine Aung, MSc
I studied Immunology at the University of Glasgow, and worked on therapeutic targeting of the BCL-2 apoptotic pathway in Acute Myeloid Leukaemia for my masters project in Paul O’ Gorman Leukaemia Research Centre (Glasgow). For my PhD, I am excited to be investigating disease mechanisms of the STAT5B oncogenic mutation in γδ T cell lymphoma. I enjoy playing sports, in particular Ultimate Frisbee and Touch Rugby, during my free time.
Gabriela Feurstein, BSc
After finishing my bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences in Vienna, I have made the decision to continue my master’s studies at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Comparative Biomedicine. Originally I am from Vorarlberg where skiing and hiking are my favorite activities in my free time. I am really happy to be part of the Moriggl lab and excited about all the new things I am able to experience.
Sophie Kraupp, MSc
I joined the Moriggl lab in 2021 as a lab manager after studying molecular biology at the University of Vienna. I like to eat homemade pasta, traveling (in non-pandemic times) and being creative.
Michael Machtinger, MSc
I joined the Moriggl Group as a Lab Technician in August 2021. Before that I studied Tissue Engineering in Vienna and worked in the engineering industry for the last 3 Years; but now I decided to return to the lab. I’m always interested in learning new methods, figuring out how stuff works and eventually how to fix it (I’m looking at you pipette boy). In my spare time I enjoy running and biking, as well as music.
Marie Ploderer, MSc
I completed my bachelor’s studies in food- and biotechnologies at the University of Life Sciences in Vienna before switching to molecular biology for my master’s studies at the University of Vienna. For my PhD studies I am focusing on the JAK-STAT pathway in myeloproliferative neoplasms and am particularly interested in its role in thrombosis in these diseases. To give my brain a break from all the hard work it’s doing in the lab I like to go bouldering, to bake or to participate in boogie woogie dancing competitions.
Daniel Pölöske, Mag.pharm.
My name is Daniel Pölöske and I joined the group in November 2019. I studied Pharmacy at the University of Vienna and did my diploma thesis on novel interaction partners of the transcription factor and master regulator of oxidative stress, Nrf2. In my PhD studies I’m investigating and targeting oncogenic STAT activity on the chromatin landscape.
Anna Schönbichler, MSc
After studying medical biotechnology in both Austria and Sweden, I took part in the exciting drug development project led by Anna Orlova. Now, in the course of my PhD studies, I am investigating transmissible cancer in the Tasmanian devil. I enjoy reading and being creative in my free time.
Susann Schönefeldt, MSc
I have performed my Masters in Biomedical sciences at the KU Leuven in Belgium and spent the majority of my time studying the immune system in mice and humans. After my time in academic research I made the switch to work more on the clinical and translational site of biomedical research. At the Charité in Berlin I was leading efforts to bring new therapies from the lab to the bed site. Recently, I have found my way to the beautiful city of Vienna where I joined the lab of Dr. Moriggl to take up the challenging task of my PhD studies.
Katrin Spirk, MSc
During my master thesis in the Moriggl Lab I was working on the effects of STAT5 signaling on energy metabolism focusing on brown adipose tissue function and adrenergic signaling. Now, for my PhD project I aim to understand the impact of JAK/STAT mutations on the metabolic profile of cancer cells in T cell lymphomas, with emphasis on amino acid metabolism. Besides my research interests I have a weakness for ginger tea and goats.
Tobias Suske, MSc
I studied Biotechnology at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna and finished my master thesis in the Lab of Lukas Kenner and Olaf Merkel at the Department of Pathology of the Meduni Vienna. There, I was introduced to T-cell lymphoma, particularly working on the Janus kinase TYK2 and its role in anaplastic large cell lymphoma. I joined Richard’s lab in 2017 where my research focuses on STAT5 as an oncogene in mature γδ and immature T-cell neoplasia as well as its function in physiological T-cell development. When I’m not in the lab, you will most likely find me on my mountain bike or behind my drum kit.
Christina Maria Wagner, MSc
I studied molecular biology at the University of Vienna, and for my PhD I’m working on the JAK-STAT pathway in chromatin remodeling. When I’m not in the lab I love to hike with my dog or chill on the couch with the cats.
Ing. Safia Zahma
I have worked with Richard Moriggl as a histology technician since August 2012 and I am solely responsible for all histology activities. I learn something new everyday; technical and not technical. I love to work with everyone in our team.
Lab Dog aka Prof. Dr. Toffi, PhD
I moved to Vienna in June 2021 and joined the Moriggl Lab to study the behavior of scientists towards extremely cute and cuddly dogs. Although, I am only 2 years old, I already acquired a bunch of degrees during my time in Hungary where I was living in an animal shelter with a very good PhD program. I am specialized in sniffing, begging for food, stealing cake and stuff out of the trash bin, playing with my dog friends and jumping on Christina and Sophie.
Stephanie Höbart, MSc
Lab Manager (Currently focusing on being a mom)
What I love most about my job is always trying new protocols and finding solutions for problems – it is so exciting! I consider myself lucky to be involved in many different projects and am happy to help out wherever I am needed. When I am not busy with that, I order and organize. Or (and this is very likely) I am baking a cake.
- Javier Bregante Boix (Internship Student)
- Mohamed Elabd (MSc Student)
- Patricia Freund (Technician)
- Elizabeth Heyes (MSc Student)
- Emina Hubanić (MSc Student)
- Doris Kaltenecker (PhD Student)
- Barbara Maurer (PhD Student)
- Garazi Monzo Contreras (Technician)
- Kristina Müller (PhD Student, PostDoc)
- Emi Miyakoda (Internship Student)
- Harini Nivarthi (PhD Student)
- Rahil Noorizadeh (MSc Student)
- Ha Thi Thanh Pham (PhD Student)
- Manuel Rauth (MSc Student)
- Lena Schreiberhuber (MSc Student)
- Katrin Sommer (MSc Student)
- Helena Sorger (PhD Student)
- Marta Surbek (Internship Student)
- Alexander Swoboda (PostDoc)
- Frank Ruge (MSc Student)
- Madeleine Themanns (PhD Student)
- Tamara Wais (MSc Student)
- Bettina Wingelhofer (PhD Student)
- Sabrina Wohlhaupter (MSc Student)
- Kerstin Zimmel (Bachelor Student)
Photos kindly provided by Michael Bernkopf, Vetmeduni Vienna.