This natural sciences degree program provides a broad practical training in medical biotechnology. There, molecular biological techniques are used to research causes, diagnosis and treatment of diseases such as cancer. In addition to applications in the medical field, molecular biotechnology is also used in the development of vaccines and active pharmaceutical ingredients. With the help of genetic engineering, cells are manipulated in such a way that they produce therapeutic proteins such as insulin and vaccines. As a graduate, you will be a biotechnological generalist with entrepreneurial skills and as a scientific/technical assistant you will be active in research and development.
Elisabeth HablasVictoria Buchsbaum, MAVienna BioCenterHelmut-Qualtinger-Gasse 2, OG.A.011030 WienT: +43 1 606 68 77-3500 F: +43 1 606 68 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Information: Application and Admissionbiotechnologie@fh-campuswien.ac.at
Application period of academic year 2021/22
1st January to 16th March 2021
tuition fee / semester:
+ ÖH premium + contribution2
1 Tuition fees for students from third countries € 727,- per semester
2 for additional study expenses (currently up to €83,- depending on degree program and year)
Your strengths lie in biology, chemistry and mathematics. You are interested in natural sciences, medicine and their related technologies. This includes bioinformatics. With a strong spirit of innovation you question existing applications. You want to develop them further and discover new technologies. You want to apply your manual skills in the laboratory to help people. You are a structured thinker and like to examine things extremely closely and you have the patience to take the many necessary steps to reach your findings. You are aware that alone you can achieve a lot, and in a team you can achieve everything. The fact that English is the language of life sciences awakens your linguistic ambition.
Located at the Vienna BioCenter, you will be able to study and conduct research in state of the art lecture halls and laboratories. You will have access to the best equipment in Central Europe, including among other things an S2 laboratory (the second highest security level). We share this important life sciences center with numerous research institutions and well-known biotech companies and maintain an active exchange of knowledge. In addition, your education and research benefit from our close partnerships with the University of Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna. We have built a strong international network that provides you with the opportunity to complete an internship or to study at prestigious universities such as King's College or Imperial College in London, which are among the top 10 universities in the world. Numerous R&D projects in the degree program offer you the opportunity to participate in application-oriented research during an internship and to make valuable contacts for your future career. Practical relevance is also guaranteed at our Campus Lecture evenings, which are open to all and feature contributions from prominent experts.
Through your practice-oriented education, you will learn to develop and apply new recombinant active pharmaceutical agents and vaccines as well as stem-cell and gene therapies for the treatment of diseases such as cancer or Alzheimer's disease. Recombinant proteins are produced biotechnologically by inserting foreign DNA into cells so that they then produce the proteins. Therefore, the degree program focuses on the cell: You will learn the key signaling pathways and processes in detail. Your main interest is the genome.You will learn how this important part of the cell, which contains all the genetic information of an organism, works in both healthy and diseased systems. In this degree program we guarantee you a private, fully-equipped, state-of-the-art laboratory space and the opportunity to participate in an R&D project of the Department of Molecular Biotechnology or a partner institution as part of an extensive internship in research areas such as allergy research, cell-based test systems and signaling pathways of the cell.
The degree program combines comprehensive know-how about natural sciences and technology with quality and process management. You will enjoy an intensive process-oriented education. Your strongly application-oriented education will be rounded out by the fundamentals of economics and law, laboratory courses and seminars.
Lector: Santosa Janmar Banh, Mag.pharm. Dr. Michaela Böhmdorfer, Ao.Univ.Prof.Mag.pharm.Dr. Walter Jäger, Mag.pharm.Dr. Alexandra Maria Maier-Salamon, Bettina Pachmann, Mag. pharm. Dr. rer. nat. Stefan Poschner
Lector: FH-Prof. Dr. Herbert Wank
Lector: Mag.Dr. Sabine Lampert, Dr. Janek von Byern, Ao.Univ.-Prof. Mag.pharm. Dr. Michael Wirth
Cells - the basic units of life: commons and differences between the major types. Structure of procaryotic and eucaryotic cells. Characteristics of plant and animal cells, of Bacteria and Archaea. Structure and funktion of subcellular components, mitosis in eucaryotic cells. Examplyfication of the variety of eucaryotic and procaryotic cells, refering to sturctural and functional aspects with focus on tissues and organs of seed plants. Introduction to different techniques of microscopy and their uses: bright field, dark field, phase contrast, polarization, oil immersion; method for measurement with a light microscope; fluorochrome microscopy, electron microscopy and flow-cytometrie. Preparation methods and staining techniques for microscopy of eucaryotic cells and DNA. Basic Methods for microscopic analysis of procaryotic cells. Scientific documentation of microscopic analyses.
Written exam at the end of the LV about the contents presented during the lecture (see downloads). At least 60% of all points have to be achieved to pass the exam.
lecture, PowerPoint presentations lecture notes for download
Lector: Dipl.Ing. Nikolaus Maly
Elementary models of population dynamics: We study the deterministic behaviour of elementary large-ensemble models. - Exponential growth and its underlying geometric principle, logistic growth, short discussion of the dynamics of non-linear systems (Cobweb diagram). - Matrix models: Levkovich and Leslie models, Eigenvectors and Eigenvalues as tool to determine the asympotic behaviour of linear models.
Short written exams on a regular basis. Written final report. Possibly additional oral exam to clarify questions.
Integrated Online Course
Lector: Dr. Norbert Cyran, Priv.-Doz. Dr. Dipl.-Ing. Verena Ibl, Mag. Aicha Laarouchi, Mag.Dr. Sabine Lampert, Dr. Brigitte Schmidt, Dr. Janek von Byern
Eucaryotic cells from protista, Plantae, Animales, Funghi alive and prepared. Procaryotic cells. Subcellular structures in light mikroskop. scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy. Preparationmethods for microskopy, staining methods. Dokumentation of microscopic analysis.
Course with inherent examination character. Assessment criteria are the continuous personal participation and engagement during the practical courses as well as the quality of lab reports that have to be done.
Practical exercise and training with additional demonstrations.
Lector: FH-Prof. Dr. Thomas Czerny
Darwinian evolution, creationism and intelligent design. Driving forces and mechanisms of evolution, population genetics, phylogeny and formation of species. Physical and chemical basis of life and energy requirements. History of life on our planet and milestones of evolution: origin of life, oxygen, eukaryotes, sexual reproduction and multicellular organisms. Features of pro- and eukrayotic cells and the phylogeny of life. Kingdoms of life: eubacteria, archaea, protists, fungi, plants and animals. Human evolution and the scientific method.
a written exam at the end of the lectures
Lector: Ao. Univ. Prof. Mag.pharm. Dr. Martin Kratzel
Atom: fundamental components of atoms, ultimate particles, elements, isotopes Radioactivity: radioactive decay, radioactive displacement laws, disintegration series Atom models: Rutherford's model, Bohr's model, orbital model Periodic system: periods and groups, short and long periods, electronic configuration of elements, generalizations relative to the position in the periodic system Bond theories (considering the resulting 3D stucture): metallic bonds, ionic bonds, covalent bonds, coordinate covalent bonds Intermolecular forces, acids and bases Conservation laws and consequences: stoichiometry, energy and enthalpy, entropy, spontaneity of chemical reactions, redox reactions States of matter - gases, liquids, solids: rules and laws Chemical equilibrium, law of mass action.
Lecture under support of Microsoft Powerpoint assisted by computer simulations (3D visualisation tools of atoms and molecules)
Lector: Ao.Univ.Prof.Mag.pharm.Dr. Walter Jäger
Lector: Dipl.-Kfm. Robert Tilenius
Lector: Dr. Alexander Forster, Mag. Dr. Andreas Lehner
The lecture gives an introduction to Austrian Public Law. It deals with the structure of the Austrian state and gives an overview of the most important constitutional bodies and their cooperation.
Final written test
Combination of in-person and distance teaching
Lector: Dr.in Mary Grace Wallis
The timetable for this semester will be provided as detailed information sheets and will be discussed during the first lesson. See also below (Ziele der Lehrveranstaltung).
Your command of English, both spoken and written, will be continuously assessed during the semester and will be reflected in the final semester mark. Moreover your active participation in the lessons will also contribute to the overall mark.
Spontaneous and prepared presentations. Brainstormings, Discussions, Debates. ‘Language clinics’. Individual, pair- and group-work. (Peer) Feedback und (Self-)Reflection.
Lector: Monika Frauwallner
Presentation and appearance • personal presentation and effect • analysis of the target group and purpose • structure and dramaturgy of a presentation • visualization and medium-mix
Your performance will be continuously assessed during the semester and will be reflected in the final semester mark. Moreover your active participation in the lessons will also contribute to the overall mark.
Lecture, individual and group work, practical exercises Self-assessment via exercises • for self reflection and individual application • practical exercises with feedback and analysis
Lector: FH-Prof.in Mag.a Dr.in Alexandra Graf
In this lecture we talk about what Bioinformatics is and why we need it today. The studients will be introduced to basic programming and can play around with simple practical examples. We will go through specific topics of Bioinformatics and discuss the available applications. The topics include: - Why did Bioinformatics develop and what is it. - Human Genome Project and its consequences - Biological sequences, sequence comparison and database search. - Pattern search - Structure of biological sequences and structure prediction - High throughput technologies and data analysis Programming: - practical examples in R and a short introduction in Python
Exercises to be handed in using the Moodle Platform, and short mulitple choice tests also on the Moodle platform.
lecture, powerpoint presentation, discussion and hands on exercises
Lector: FH-Prof. Dr. Herbert Wank, FH-Prof. Dr. Paul Watson
Lector: FH-Prof. Mag. Dr. Beatrix Kuen-Krismer, Dr. Jonas Ramoni
Lector: DI Dr. Georg Hruschka, DI Dr. Timo Kretzschmar, DI (FH) Franz Stark
Lector: FH-Prof.in Univ.Doz.in Dr.in Ines Swoboda
Lector: Mag. Dr. Heinrich Kowalski
Lector: Andrea Krames, BSc MSc, FH-Prof. Dr. Herbert Wank, FH-Prof. Dr. Paul Watson
Lector: Richard Manning, Julian Szalay, Bsc, FH-Prof. Dr. Herbert Wank, ao. Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Biol. Dr Angela Witte
Lector: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Thomas Decker
Basic knowledge about the importance and function of the immune system. Distinction between innate and acquired immunity and the interplay of the innate and acquired immune system in an antimicrobial immune response.
Lectures with visual representation of the essential content. Questions and discussion by students are highly welcome.
Lector: FH-Prof.in Univ.Doz.in Dr.in Ines Swoboda, FH-Prof. Dr. Herbert Wank
Topics: Detection of Nucleic Acids PCR Western blot Growth of Microorganisms Antibodies and their use in Molecular Biology Centrifugation Protein Purification Southern and Northern blot Primer and Hybridization Proteinexpression Microarray Flurescence in Molecular Biology Sequencing Isolation and Purification of Nucleic Acids from various Organisms Primer and Hybridisation Primer design for cloning of a gene
Preparation, Oral Presentation, Participation in Discussions, written exam at the end of the seminar
Seminar, topic preparation in small groups (4-5), oral presentation in small groups (9-10), 15 minutes presentation, discussion, preparation of a handout
Team development and conflict strategies • team • phases in team development • roles in the team • conflict analysis • phases of conflict escalation • strategies for handling conflicts
Lector: Andrea Krames, BSc MSc, FH- Prof.in Mag.a Dr.in Marianne Raith
Lector: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Annette Rompel
Lector: Dipl.Ing. Nikolaus Maly, Dr. Christian Steineder
Poisson Processes Fluctuation Test by Luria-Delbrück Classic Parameter and Distributionstests Linear Regression One-Factor-ANOVA
Short written exams on a regular basis. Written final exam (report). Possibly additional oral exam to clarify questions.
Lector: FH-Prof. Dr. Paul Watson
The course is, among other things, a consolidation of what was taught in the module "Scientific, Social & Communication Skills". English is taught via “authentic” international documentation: safety data sheets, articles from peer-reviewed life-science journals, Bachelor theses, etc. using well-known blended learning tools such as group puzzles, individual and group presentations, or video material. Scientific writing is deepened. Grammar and punctuation are taught if required by the level of students. The following topics are taught: 1. Scientific writing: > scientific articles • vocabulary • content • scientific expression • construction • style • summarizing • referencing 2. Safety in the Laboratory: > vocabulary > abbreviations > GHS (Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling) 3. Career: > vocabulary > applications > accompanying documentation > CVs 3. Knowledge acquisition and communication: > reading and presenting the contents of authentic research articles (Nature/Cell etc.) > summary writing Continuous self-reflection, self-evaluation and evaluation of colleagues.
Performance and progress are permanently assessed. The assessment is based on all written and oral work during the semester. Active participation during the lessons is also taken into account.
Activating Methods: e.g. presentations, discussions …
Fundamental principles of signal processing by cells in single and multicellular organisms. Organization of genes and gene regulation. Illustrative discussion of some pathways (e.g. MAP kinase, GPCR, nuclear hormone receptor, NF-kB, Jak/Stat, Wnt, apoptosis and stress pathways). Effects of pathways on gene regulation, cell cycle, cytoskeleton and metabolism. Networking with other pathways - signal networks. Techniques for analyzing signaling pathways. Biological and medical aspects of signaling pathways.
Presentation & Activating Methods
Lector: Dr. Irmtraud Bernwieser, PMP
Content of this course covers the following topics: Project management basics: Definition of a project, definition of projektmanagement, differences project versus process, types of projects, pros/cons of projects, types of organizations and phases of projects Project initialisation: basics of idea development, from the idea to the project proposal (project charter), teambuilding and -development, stakeholder analyses, governance Project planning: Basics, development of a project plan (workpackages, milestones, dependencies), risk management, time management and management of costs and resources Project execution and controlling: Basics of project controlling and management (time, risk, quality and financials), project performance indicators Project closure: Result transfer, final examination, lessons learned, team termination
Assessment of the team work (open feedback) - 50 % of final grade Written examination - 50 % of final grad Both parts need to be positive, minimum - 60 %
Course is based on a combinaton of lecture and selected case studies. Four teams are built. During the semester the teams will work together on solutions for defined tasks. Each team will get industrial case studies, self defined tasks (self defined project) or predefined subtasks to work on and present the results. Feedback/discussions/evaluation of results of each team will be done in an open process and are an important part of the teaching concept (reflexion as part of the problem) Results of the exercise examples are documented by the students and presented to the lector for evaluation. Students feedback for the lector shall give a focus on the course content and the exercise examples. Prereadings, lecture and trainings material will be made available at the FH server.
Lector: Mag.a Dr.in Lisa Kappel
In this course, the subject areas of the courses "Molecular Biology and Genetics I and II" from the first year of study are partly repeated, deepened and expanded. The individual needs of the students are addressed, i. H. At the beginning of the course, the subject areas to be dealt with are determined together with the students.
Lector: DI Dr. Georg Hruschka, DI Dr. Timo Kretzschmar, Dr. Roland Müller, MBA, DI (FH) Franz Stark
Lector: Ao.Univ.-Prof. Dipl. Ing. Dr. techn. Wolfgang Holzer, Ao. Univ. Prof. Mag.pharm. Dr. Martin Kratzel
A) Basic principles of spectroscopic methods, UV-vis, IR, AAS, AES and fluorescence spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, X-ray structure analysis, NMR spectroscopy (1H, 13C); for each method: instrumentation, applications, scope and limitations. B) Basic principles of chromatogarphic methods; thin-layer chromatography, column chromatography, HPLC, GC; electrophoretic methods, gel electrophoresis, capillary electrophoresis.
Lector: Univ.Doz. Dr. Hans-Jürgen Busse, Mag.a Dr.in Lisa Kappel, Andrea Krames, BSc MSc, Sandra Pfeiffer, BSc MSc
Lector: Dr. Radostina Bachmaier, Andrea Krames, BSc MSc
Lector: Andrea Krames, BSc MSc, Julian Szalay, Bsc, Laxmikant Dayanand Wali, BSc, FH-Prof. Dr. Herbert Wank, ao. Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Biol. Dr Angela Witte
Moderation and troubleshooting • moderation • moderation methods • rhetorical strategies • troubleshooting
Lector: Dr.phil. Dr. med.univ. Karl-Heinz Huemer
homoiostatic regulation, membrane potential (compartments, transport mechanisms, resting membrane potential, action potential, nerve conduction)heart (structure, conduction, ECG, heart cycle, coronary circulation) respiration (lung volumes, breathing cycle, breathing impairments, lung compliance, surfactant, O2 & CO2 transport)muscle function (electromechanic transformation, striate, smooth and myocardic muscle, force-length diagram)circulation (body, lung & fetal circulation), blood pressures, oxygen saturation, oxygen consumption, local regulation of blood flow) blood (transport and storage of nutrients & metabolites, hemostasis, plasma proteins) immunology (cellular & humoral systems, AB0-system, complement-system, inflammation) excretion (nephron structure, glomerular filtration, secretion, resorption, regulation of blood volume & electrolyte composition, renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system) metabolism/digestion (gastrointestinal tract & functions, digestion and resorption of carbohydrates, proteins & fat, functions of the liver) sensory systems (general sensory physiology, mechanosensors, proprioceptors, photoreceptors, equilibrium, ear, smell, taste, pain reception) nervous system (autonomic nervous system, transmitter systems, motor systems, cognitive functions) endocrinology (important hormone receptors, hypophysis, regulation of glucose level, catecholamines, glucocorticoids, thyroid, sexual functions)
Lector: Assoc. Prof. Priv.-Doz. Dr. Gernot Schabbauer
CLINICAL APPLICATIONS OF IMMUNOLOGY ACUTE INFLAMMATORY DISEASES The immune system evolved to protect against pathogenic organisms such as viruses, bacteria and other parasites. Innate and acquired immunity work together. In this chapter we will focus on the molecular basis and clinical relevance of the misdirected immune system in the context of, for example, infectious diseases. One of the key activities of the immune system is the distinction between "self" and "foreign". AUTO IMMUNITY AND IMMUNODEFICIENCY If endogenous structures are not recognized as "self", a result of the lack of tolerance can be the emergence of autoimmune diseases. In the case of insufficient recognition of "foreign" or the inability of the immune system to react adequately to “foreign”, the organism may inadequately protect against intruders, and serious life-threatening infections can be the result. This chapter describes the most important and most common autoimmune diseases (clinical presentation, diagnosis, pathogenesis models), as well as major congenital and acquired immunodeficiencies. In conclusion, the clinically relevant coincidence of immunodeficiency and autoimmune phenomena will be briefly discussed. ALLERGY Some exogenous structures are classified by the immune system as potentially dangerous. In this case, there is an unregulated immune response which is based on special mechanisms. In this chapter we talk about the symptoms, clinical presentation and different manifestations of allergies. We also illuminate the molecular background of allergic reactions.
Single-choice questions Overview questions
Lectures with Powerpoint, Flipchart, Whiteboard
Lector: Mag. Dr. Daniel Spazierer
Natural regeneration of tissues; use of implants and organ transplants; biocompatible polymers - naturally occuring, synthetic and biodegradable; stem cells - function and use; Generation of scaffolds loaded with drugs, proteins and cells; delivery of drugs, proteins and cells; Tissue engineering of various tissues: skin, cartilage, bone, vascular system, heart muscle and heart valves, nerves and salivary gland; ethic considerations with the use of organ transplants and stem cells; approval of drugs
Written exam after the lecture. First exam-date according to calendar; Follow-up exam date will be selected in agreement with the students
Lecture with powerpoint presentation, Use of various biomaterials as examples during the lecture
Semester datesSummer semester 2020: 17th February to 10th July 2020Winter semester 2020/21: 14th September 2020 to 29th January 2021
Number of teaching weeks18 per semester
TimesMon. to Fri. all day; some vocational subjects also held on Sat
Language of instructionGerman
Your will receive an education for a growth market. Biotechnology is a key technology of the 21st century that is booming internationally as well as in Austria. In recent years Vienna has become a dynamic center for life sciences. Your career will benefit from the excellent professional reputation of your university and from the practical skills and social skills that you will also acquire during your studies. There is a high demand for well-trained experts with a strong scientific background who can immediately contribute to the success of their company. In addition to excellent career opportunities, a wide range of possible activities will be open to you. Immediately after graduation, you can work as a scientific and technical assistant primarily in research departments and laboratories at global pharmaceutical companies, universities or hospitals. With your extensive know-how of Good Laboratory Practice (GLP), you are an ideal candidate to take on responsibility in project management and quality assurance in the production of medications.
Equivalence is determined by international agreements, validation or in individual cases a decision by the head of the academic section.
The following compulsory subjects of the university entrance qualification for university courses of study are recognized, in addition to an essay on a general topic (D) in accordance with the Act on University Entrance Qualifications (StudBerG) as a prerequisite for admission to this degree program: > Biology Level 1 > Chemistry Level 2 > Mathematics Level 2 or Physics Level 1 University entrance qualification examinations for one of the following university courses of study are recognized as an admission requirement. They were selected based on the subjects defined by the University of Vienna and the university entrance qualification examinations: > Natural Sciences: Biology > Chemistry > Nutritional Sciences > Pharmacy > UF Biology and Environmental Science
You have professional qualifications in the vocational field of "chemistry laboratory assistant and biology technician" (applies for Germany and Switzerland).
There are 60 places available in the bachelor's degree program in Molecular Biotechnology each year. The ratio of places to applicants is currently around 1:4
To apply you will require the following documents:
Please note:A temporary caching of the online application form is not possible. You must complete your application in one session. Your online application will be accepted once you have submitted all required documents as well as the signed application form, either by mail or by scanned per e-mail.Please note that the earliest that you will receive an invitation to the admission procedure will be after the application deadline. If documents are still missing at the end of the application deadline (for example certificates), you will not be invited to the test and interview.
For your information: Due to COVID 19 the procedure of the admission process has been changed to an online meeting tool.
The admission procedure consists of a written test and an interview with the admission committee.
CriteriaThe criteria for acceptance are based solely on performance. The geographical origin of the applicant has no influence on the admission decision. The admission requirements must be met in all cases. Applicants are evaluated according to the following weighting system:
The admission committee (which comprises, among others, the head of the academic section and representatives of the teaching staff) awards places to the applicants who score highest in the tests. The process as a whole and all test and assessment results from the admission procedure are documented in a transparent and verifiable manner.
Planned start of the first semester (WS 2020/21)14th September 2020
Perhaps your qualifications exceed our admission requirements, you are interested in the possibility of joining the program at a higher semester or you hold a degree from a university abroad?
For more information, please refer to the sections on validation and shortening programs
You want to apply for the course and require support due to a disability, chronic illness or restriction?Please contact:Mag.a Ursula WeilenmannGender & Diversity Management email@example.com
Head of Department Applied Life Sciences, Head of Degree Program Molecular Biotechnology T: +43 1 606 68 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mag.a Janina Agis-BleiAssistanceVienna BioCenterHelmut-Qualtinger-Gasse 2, OG.A.031030 WienT: +43 1 606 68 77-3505F: +43 1 606 68 email@example.com
Academic Staff, "Stadt Wien" Endowed Professorship for Cell-Based Test Systems
We work closely with numerous biotech companies, universities, such as the University of Vienna, and research institutes and have a strong international network. This guarantees you strong contacts for your internship, a semester abroad, participation in research and development activities and your future employment. You can find information about our cooperation activities and much more at Campusnetzwerk. It’s well worth visiting the site as it may direct you to a new job or interesting event held by our cooperation partners!
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