We are a big and international group, combining many different backgrounds into productive research.
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.
Hello, 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.
Susann Schönefeldt, MSc
I have performed my Masters in Biomedical sciences at the KULeuven 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 and is taking up the challenging task of her 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. 🙂
Emina Hubanić, BSc
I studied Microbiology at the University of Sarajevo and I am currently attending the Master’s program „Molecular Microbiology, Immunobiology and Microbial Ecology“ at the University of Vienna. I am happy to be a part of this lab and eager to work and learn as much as possible. My free time is usually spent in nature with friends or someplace quiet where I can enjoy a good book.
Sophie Kraupp, MSc
I joined the Moriggl lab in 2021 as a lab technician after studying molecular biology at the University of Vienna. I like to eat homemade pasta, traveling (in non-pandemic times) and being creative.
Anna Schönbichler, MSc
Research Assistant in Group Orlova
I studied medical biotechnology in both Austria and Sweden and I am happy to be a part of the exciting drug development project led by Anna Orlova. I enjoy reading, being creative and trying out new things, both at work and in my free time.
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.
Stephanie Höbart, MSc
Lab Technician (Currently focusing on becoming 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.
Past Members of the Moriggl Lab
- Javier Bregante Boix (Internship Student)
- Mohamed Elabd (MSc Student)
- Patricia Freund (Technician)
- Elizabeth Heyes (MSc Student)
- Doris Kaltenecker (PhD Student)
- Barbara Maurer (PhD Student)
- Garazi Monzo Contreras (Technician)
- Kristina Müller (PhD Student, PostDoc)
- 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.