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Collaborative & interdisciplinary

Project team

Enthusiastic scientists from many fields of biology form our team. Microbiologists, ecologists, botanists, zoologists, biotechnologists, doctors and educators are committed to making the world of microorganisms more widely understood. They are supported by the Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck, the Medical University of Innsbruck and the University of Applied Sciences MCI. Visitors will be amazed and should never stop being amazed by the world of the small creatures.

Heribert Insam I Mirkobalpina

Dr. Heribert Insam

University Professor and head of the Institute of Microbiology, University of Innsbruck

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``Heribert's attention and fascination is caught by the microbes around the world ...``

Dr. Birgit Sattler

Professor at the Institute of Ecology of the University of Innsbruck

Birgit loves the cold of the high mountains and the Arctic where she does research with microbes.

Univ.Prof.Dr. Cornelia Lass-Flörl

Dr. Cornelia Lass-Flörl

University Professor of Hygiene and Microbiology, Head of the Department of Hygiene at the Medical University of Innsbruck

Conny works with pathogenic bacteria and fungi and tests them in her lab.

Birgit Schlick-Steiner I mikorbalpina

Dr. Birgit Schlick-Steiner

University professor at the Institute of Ecology of the University of Innsbruck

Birgit is very fascinated by the interaction of ants and microbes.

Dr. Silvia Prock

Head of the Young University of the University of Innsbruck

Teaching children the world of science is Silvia's passion.

Dr. Ursula Peintner

Professor at the Institute of Microbiology of the University of Innsbruck

Mushrooms and their ways of life are Uschi's passion.

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Dr. Florian Steiner

Professor at the Institute of Ecology of the University of Innsbruck

Florian works with fruit flies and ants in his research.

Dr. Elisabeth Lukasser-Vogl I mikrobalpina

Dr. Elisabeth Lukasser-Vogl

Head of the club klasse!forschung

To teach students and teachers to love the nature is Elisabeth's goal.

Dr. Christoph Griesbeck

Professor (FH) at MCI - THE ENTREPRENEURIAL SCHOOL®, Head of Department & Studies Biotechnology & Food Engineering

When microalgae produce useful substances, Christoph is especially happy.

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Dr. Andreas Holzinger

Professor at the Institute of Botany, University of Innsbruck

The passion of Andreas are lichens and algae.

Dr. Daniel Remias

Scientist at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Wels; Faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences / School of Engineering

Daniel appreciates the biotechnological possibilities of microalgae.

Dr. Thomas Pümpel

Scientist at the Institute of Microbiology of the University of Innsbruck

Thomas works hard to increase the efficiency of wastewater purification.

Ruben Sommaruga, Ph.D

Ruben Sommaruga, Ph. D

University professor of Limnology at the University of Innsbruck; Head of the Institute of Ecology

The microorganisms in high mountain lakes are the center of Ruben's research.

Bettina Sonntag I mikrobalpina

Bettina Sonntag

University of Innsbruck, Research Department of Limnology, Mondsee

Bettina prefers to play with ciliates.

Dr. Susanne Zeilinger-Migsich

Univ. Professor of Mycology at the University of Innsbruck

Susanne loves to observe the interaction of microorganisms and listen to their chemical communication.

Thorsten Schwerte I mikrobalpina

Dr. Thorsten Schwerte

Ao. University Professor and Head of the Institute of Zoology at the University of Innsbruck

Thorsten is fascinated by mathematics and physics of dynamic processes and microstructures.

Dr. Suzanne Kapelari

University Professor and Head of Didactics of Natural Sciences, Geography Mathematics and Computer Science, Institute for Didactics of the University of Innsbruck (or Faculty of Teacher Education of the University of Innsbruck)

Suzanne's research focuses on how people acquire scientific knowledge and what conditions are favorable for doing so.

Nadine Präg

Nadine Präg, Msc

Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Microbiology of the University of Innsbruck

Nadine is thrilled by all facets of microbiology.

Sabine Podmirseg I mikrobalpina

Mag. Dr. Sabine Podmirseg

University Assistant at the Institute of Microbiology of the University of Innsbruck

Sabine is particularly impressed by the anaerobic fungi and microbes in the wastewater.

Judith Ascher-Jenull I mikrobalpina

Mag. Dr. Judith Ascher-Jenull

Research assistant at the Institute of Microbiology

Interweaving microbiology with art is Judith's constant endeavor.

Claudia Pasquero

Professor | Landscape Architecture Chair | Synthetic Landscape Lab |IOUD | Innsbruck University

Claudia gives the beauty of algae a new perspective.

Klemens Weisleitner, MSc PhD

PhD student at the Institute for Ecology at the University of Innsbruck

Klemens has a knack for the photographic documentation of changes of microorganisms on the glacier and in the laboratory.