We are a big and international group, combining many different backgrounds into productive research.

The Moriggl Lab at the Symposium on Comparative Medicine in 2019

Current Members

Professor Dr. Richard Moriggl

Principal Investigator

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Heidi Neubauer, PhD

Group Leader

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Anna Orlova, PhD

Group Leader

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Marie Ploderer, MSc

PhD-Student

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.

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Daniel Pölöske, Mag.pharm.

PhD-Student

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.

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Susann Schönefeldt, MSc

PhD-Student

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.

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Helena Sorger, MSc

PhD-Student

During my molecular biology undergraduate studies at the Faculty of Science in Zagreb, I became fascinated by the mechanisms that lead to cancer development. This inspired me to come to Vienna during my master´s, where I was very fortunate to work at the Children’s Cancer Research Institute on novel therapies for neuroblastoma. After finishing my master´s degree with honors, I decided to do my PhD in the cancer drug development field. One of my biggest passions is teaching, and I hope I will be able to teach younger colleagues one day about everything I´ve had the opportunity to learn. In my free time I love watching cartoons with my son 🙂

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Katrin Spirk, MSc

PhD-Student

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.

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Tobias Suske, MSc

PhD-Student

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.

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Christina Maria Wagner, MSc

PhD Student

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. 🙂

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Lena Schreiberhuber, BSc

Master Student

I completed my bachelor’s in microbiology and genetics in 2018 and focused on molecular medicine during my master’s at the University of Vienna. For my master thesis I’ve joined the group of Prof. Moriggl and work on the JAK-STAT pathway & its connection to myeloproliferative neoplasms. To clear my mind in my free time, I love to hike our beautiful mountains, go for a run or enjoy an interesting book together with a cup of coffee (best when it’s cold).

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Marta Surbek, Dr.med.vet

Master Student

I studied veterinary medicine at the University of Zagreb and joined the lab as an Erasmus+ recent graduate. During my internship, I will focus on targeting STAT5 in lymphoid malignancies. I love to spend my free time with friends or just relax at home with a cup of coffee.

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Tamara Wais, BSc

Master Student

I completed my bachelor’s degree in „Molecular Biosciences“ at the University of Salzburg in 2018 and during my masters at the University of Vienna, I have specialized in the area of Immunobiology. For my master thesis I’m focusing on the JAK-STAT pathway in a γδ T-Cell model. When I’m not out in the woods with my two dogs, I am baking the best Sachertorte or having coffee with friends.

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Stephanie Höbart, MSc

Lab Technician

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.

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Garazi Monzo Contreras, MSc

Lab Technician

Biotechnologist specialized in tissue engineering. Glad to be working in Anna Orlova’s group as a technician in drug development, performing cell cytotoxicity assays with new inhibitors. When not in the lab, I enjoy going for a swim in the Old Danube in the summer and reading thriller books.

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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 project in drug development led by Anna Orlova. I enjoy being creative and trying out new things, both at work and in my free time.

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Safia Zahma, Ing.

Histology Technician

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.

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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)
  • Kristina Müller (PhD Student, PostDoc)
  • Harini Nivarthi (PhD Student)
  • Rahil Noorizadeh (MSc Student)
  • Ha Thi Thanh Pham (PhD Student)
  • Manuel Rauth (MSc Student)
  • Katrin Sommer (MSc Student)
  • Alexander Swoboda (PostDoc)
  • Frank Ruge (MSc Student)
  • Madeleine Themanns (PhD Student)
  • Bettina Wingelhofer (PhD Student)
  • Sabrina Wohlhaupter (MSc Student)
  • Kerstin Zimmel (Bachelor Student)

Photos kindly provided by Michael Bernkopf, Vetmeduni Vienna.