Wael Al-Zoughbi is a physician-scientist. He received his M.D. in 2002, and trained in Anatomic Pathology, from 2002 to 2007 at Damascus University. In 2016, he completed his Ph.D. study at Medical University of Graz under the supervision of Prof. Gerald Hoefler. Wael’s doctoral thesis is the first to establish a role for ATGL in cancer. Currently, he is funded by the Center for Biomarker Research in Medicine, CBmed GmbH. He applies his expertise in translational pathology to advise several Oncopathology projects.
Isabelle Strießnig-Bina studied Molecular Biology (BSc, 2009-2012) and Molecular Microbiology (MSc, 2012-2014) at the University of Graz. During her master studies she worked with an opportunistic human pathogen, which sparked her interest in medical microbiology and human diseases. In october 2014 she joined our laboratory as a PhD student of the DK-MCD. Her project focuses on understanding the role of lipid metabolism in lung cancer.
Shirony Nicholson Puthen Veedu studied Biotechnology (BSc, 2008-2009) at the PSG college of Arts & Science, India and Genomics (MSc, 2011-2013) at the Madurai Kamaraj University, India. In october 2014 she joined our laboratory as a PhD student of the DK-MCD. Her project focuses on Metabolic reprogramming as a characteristic feature of cancer cells. Understanding the metabolic differences of physiological cells and proliferating cancer cells is a key approach to design targeted therapies.
Beatrix Irene Wieser studied Molecular Biology (BSc, 2011-2014) and Biochemistry and Molecular Biomedical Sciences (MSc. 2014-2016) at the Technical University of Graz. During her master thesis she worked at the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Pulmonology in the field of lung cancer research. In october 2016 she joined our lab as a PhD student of the PhD program Metabolic and Cardiovascular Disease (DK-MCD) and works on the connection between lipolysis and lipogenesis.
Silvia Schauer is our chief laboratory technician. She is proficient in laboratory animal biology, human and murine histology and general molecular biology.
Elke Stadelmeyer studied microbiology at the University of Graz and finished her diploma studies in 2003 (Division of Hematology, MUG). Shortly after completing her doctoral studies on the detection of low-level mutations in cancer (from 2009 to 2012 at the Division of Oncology, MUG) she joined the Institute of Pathology at the Medical University of Graz. Since 2015 she is working on a project with CBmed aiming at the identification of novel biomarkers.
Paul Vesely. During his Ph.D. project studies he already worked in close cooperation with Gerald Hoefler, to establish the important role of AP-1 transcription factors in lymphoma biology. He received his Ph.D. degree in natural sciences in 2009 at the University of Graz. Subsequently, he performed post-doctoral research (2010-14) at TSRI, La Jolla, CA, with Larry Gerace. There, he studied the role of Erlins in lipogenesis. This sparked his enthusiasm for biochemistry and led to his current engagement as senior Post Doc. Together with Gerald Hoefler and, in close collaboration with Rudolf Zechner (IMB, Graz) he supervises our Ph.D. students to understand new connections between lipolysis, lipogenesis, cell homeostasis and, cancerogenesis.
Gerald Hoefler received his MD degree at the University of Graz in 1984. He performed post-doctoral research at the Kennedy Institute for Handicapped Children, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA (1986-1988) and subsequently joined the Department of Medical Biochemistry, University of Graz (1989-1990). In 1989 he joined the Department of Pathology, University of Graz, became Associate Professor for Molecular Pathology (in 1992), Associate Professor for Pathology (in 2000) and Full Professor for Pathology (in 2003) at the Department of Pathology at the newly established Medical University of Graz. Since 2008 he is the Chairman of the Department of Pathology, Medical University of Graz. He has a broad research interest reaching from hematological diseases to lipid associated disorders. He is speaker of the DK-MCD, where he sees his biggest task in encouraging talented young students to peruse cutting edge scientific research that fosters the worldwide scientific and biomedical community. https://www.medunigraz.at/DK_MCD/Faculty.htm