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Head of the group

Assoc. Prof. PD Johannes Haybaeck, MD PhD

Phone +43 316 385 71769
E-mail: johannes.haybaeck(at)


Assoc. Prof. PD Johannes Haybaeck, MD PhD AHCM is Professor of Pathology. He is board certified Pathologist, Neuropathologist as well as Molecular Biologist at the Institute of Pathology, Medical University of Graz, Austria. He has been trained at several Universities like the University of Zürich, Innsbruck and Salzburg. His main research interest is the understanding of the molecular mechanisms driving hepatic carcinogenesis.




Anita K. Mehta

Phone +43-316-380-7641
E-mail: anita.mashta(at)


Anita K. Mehta, is a DK-MCD research fellow. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences from Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla, India in 2006. She studied Biotechnology and was awarded as master of Science at Rajasthan University, Jaipur, India in 2008. She started her scientific career at the National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi, India as a research fellow. Her main research focus is to study genetic modifiers and molecular mechanisms which are involved in steatohepatitis driven hepatocellular carcinogenesis.



Rita Seeböck

Phone: +43 5442 666 11
Fax: +43 5442 666 11 11


Dipl. Ing. (FH) Rita Seeböck is a PhD student at the Medical Universtity Innsbruck in the Programm of Molecular Oncology. She was trained at the IMC FH Krems and Medical University Vienna (MFPL, Dr. R. Foisner). Her research on the Translation Initiation Factor (eIF)3a is supervised by Prof. Wolfgang Doppler, MD PhD, and her mentor Peter Obrist, MD. The overlap in field of resarch provides the basis for a close and fruitfull supervision by and collaboration with our group. Currently she is on maternity leave.



Valentin Taucher


Valentin Taucher is a medical student at the Medical University of Graz since 2010, currently being in his 5th semester (September 2012). He is working on his diploma thesis which deals with the molecular understanding of the cholangiocellular carcinogenesis.



Nicole Golob-Schwarzl


Nicole Golob-Schwarzl, B.Sc. studied Biomedicine Analytics at the Fachhochschule Joanneum in Graz, focusing on molecular biological science. After her Bachelors degree in 2010, she started the Master´s degree program in biochemistry and molecular biomedicine at the Technical University Graz. She wrote her Master thesis about single molecule tracking of transcription factors in live cell nuclei in the Laboratory of Receptor Biology and Gene Expression at the National Cancer Institute.



Stefanie Kraßnig


Stefanie Kraßnig studied biochemistry at the Karl-Franzens University Graz and started in 2011 her PhD in “Neuroscience” at the Medical University Graz. During her PhD she investigated the role of Synucleins in Alzheimer’s disease. She joined our group in 2015 and is now working as Post-Doc on eukaryotic translation in brain tumours and neurodegenerative disorders.



Maria Smolle


Maria Smolle is a medical student in her 2nd semester (July 2013), studying since 2012 at the Medical University of Graz.



Stefan Leber


Stefan Leber is a medical student at the Medical University of Graz since 2010. He has just finished his 7th semester (February 2014). He is currently working on his diploma thesis which deals with the molecular understanding of diseases of the central nervous system.



Marlene Leoni


Marlene Leoni is a resident in pathology since 2013. She studied medicine at the Medical University of Graz and did her diploma thesis focusing on microvesicles in astrocytomas and their role in tumor progression at the Institute of Pathology. Her main interest is the tumor progression of cerebral tumors,  and correlations between psychiatric disorders, their medical treatment and their toxicity in liver tissue.



Stefan Uranitsch


Stefan Uranitsch studied Medicine at the Medical University Graz and Lund University, Sweden.  He did his clinical trainings at the Karolinska University Stockholm and at the Department for General Surgery at the Hospital of Kathmandu (KMH), Nepal. He received hid MD degree in 2009 and started the clinical rotation in 2009. Since 2011 he is a resident at the Department of General Surgery at the St. John of God Hospital Graz. He leads the clinical study cooperation with the Insitute of Pathology of the Medical University Graz at the St.John of God Hospital Graz. Since May 2014 he is member of our research group focusing on colorectal cancer.



Carina Koller


Carina Koller, B.Sc. studied Biomedical Science at the FH Joanneum in Graz. After her Bachelor Degree in 2010 she started the Master´s degree program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biomedicine at the Technical University of Graz. Beside she worked as Biomedical Analyst at the laboratory of Immunology and at the Institut for Medical Laboratory Diagnosis in Graz. She recently started to work on her master thesis focusing on eukaryotic initiation factors in colorectal cancer.



Michael Seiberl


Michael Seiberl is a medical student at the Medical University of Graz since 2012, currently being in his 6th semester (March 2015). He is working on his diploma thesis which deals with the SUMOylation in neurodegeneration.



Julia Unterluggauer


Julia Unterluggauer BSc. MSc. (PhD student) achieved her Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Graz. Within her Master studies she focused on Molecular Microbiology and during her Master thesis she was engaged in ribosome biogenesis research. In 2015 she achieved her Master’s degree from the University of Graz and is currently a PhD-student in our laboratory.



Nadine Gantenbein


Nadine Gantenbein  BSc. MSc. (PhD student) achieved her Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Microbiology from the University of Graz in 2014. Within her Master studies she focused on nuclear import of ribosomal proteins. Since 2015 Nadine is a PhD student in our laboratory.



Christina Wodlej


Christina Wodlej , BSc. MSc achieved her bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology at the University of Technology of Graz in 2013. Afterwards, she performed her master studies in the field of Molecular Microbiology. Her master thesis was about the interaction of two antitumor peptides with membrane lipids, whereas the main focus was on cholesterol and phosphatidylserine. In 2016, she finished her study at the University of Technology of Graz and started in our laboratory as research assistant.



Florian Kleinegger


Florian Kleinegger, BSc MSc achieved his bachelor´s degree in Chemistry at the Technical University of Graz. Within his master studies in Biochemistry and molecular Biomedicine he focused on a cancer stem cell associated transcription factor and its impact on neuroendocrine tumor cells. In 2015 he achieved his master´s degree from the Technical University of Graz and joined our research group as PhD student. His main research focus is to study undelaying mechanisms of cholangiocarcinogenesis.



Sabine M. Lukofnak


Sabine M. Lukofnak is a graduate nurse for mental health services. She worked as a Study Nurse at the Department of Oncology, Internal Medicine, Medical University Graz for more than 8 years. During this time she did a clinical research associates training, a clinical study coordinator training and her a-level-examination. Then she worked as a clinical project coordinator and go into business for oneself as a clinical study coordinator for a couple of years. She took her second qualification in the field of business and office management. 2015 she did her certificate of academy health care course, Wings-Wismar International Graduation Services GmbH.



Philip Puchas


Philip Puchas studies both human medicine and molecular biology at the Medical University of Graz and the Karl-Franzens-University Graz, respectively. After starting as a medical student in 2013, he developed considerable interest in molecular medicine as well as in tumour biology, consecutively adding molecular biology to his studies in 2015. As part of his diploma thesis he joined our research group in august 2017, focusing on eukaryotic translation initiation factors (eIFs) and their involvement in the carcinogenesis of pancreatic cancer.



Anna-Sophie Herzl


Anna-Sophie Herzl studies Biomedical Science at the Fachhochschule JOANNEUM in Graz, currently being in her 5th semester. She joined our research group in October 2017 for her bachelor thesis which deals with eukaryotic translation initiation factors in Alzheimer’s disease.

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