Master

Molecular Biotechnology

Molecular Biotechnology

Full-time

The English-language Master's degree program in Molecular Biotechnology is unique in Austria: the emphases of the Master´s degree program are molecular medicine, human genetics, drug discovery and immunology. You will investigate the causes of diseases at the cellular level and learn how to develop new treatments and therapies for them. You will learn about the hot topics of big data, personalized data analysis and data security. The degree program is part of a large national and international network at university level.

Department
Applied Life Sciences
Topic
Technologies

Highlights

  • English-language degree program with focus in cancer research, immunology, drug discovery, human genetics and stem cells

  • R&D-Projects in cooperation with Universities and Companies: allergy research, cell-based test systems and cellular signaling pathways

     

    Facts

    Final degree

    Master of Science in Natural Sciences (MSc)

    Duration of course
    4 Semesters
    Organisational form
    full-time

    tuition fee per semester

    € 363,361

    + ÖH premium + contribution2

    ECTS
    120 ECTS
    Language of instruction
    English

    Application winter semester 2023/24

    1st January to 26th March 2023

    Study places

    40

    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)

    New study location from winter semester 2022/23: The Department of Applied Life Sciences will move to the new building at Favoritenstraße 222, 1100 Vienna in the summer of 2022.

    Perspectives

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    Internship at the renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Florian Kabinger completed the English Master program Molecular Biotechnology in 2020. Equipped with the Austrian Marshall Plan Scholarship, he went abroad to do his internship at the renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). And he will continue his top-class education.

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    Before the studies

    Your interest in breaking new ground in the development of vaccines and other medicines or in areas such as stem cell research and a desire to take on management responsibilities are excellent prerequisites for studying in this degree program. You want to be at the forefront of developing new technologies. You are not interested in a routine job, but want major challenges in research and development. You are a very curious individual who wants to examine things in fine detail and to this end you have the necessary patience to undertake the required steps in order to reach your goals. You know that you can achieve a lot on your own, but in a team you can achieve everything. English as the language of life sciences is part of your everyday working life.

    Why you should study with us

    Study place = lab place

    Sharing is good, however, not your lab space, please. You are guaranteed your own.

    Highly sought-after knowledge

    What you learn here is crucial to solving global problems.

    International network

    Going abroad for an internship or a job: this is the next logical step when studying with us.

    • Bachelor’s certificate, Diploma certificate or equivalent certificate from abroad
      Bachelor’s degree or equivalent similar qualification from an institute of higher education with a total of 180 ECTS credits in the disciplines of molecular biology, biology with a focus on genetics and/or microbiology, biotechnology, pharmacy, medicine, food biotechnology or biomedical sciences with at least:
      • 30 ECTS credits in Biology, where at least 20 ECTS credits must be in molecular biology, genetics, cell biology, microbiology, genomics and/or biotechnology and at least 10 of these ECTS credits must be in biological labs/practical courses during the degree program, 15 ECTS credits in chemistry (general, analytical, physical, organic, bioorganic, biochemistry), and 6 ECTS credits in mathematics, statistics, informatics.
        • In order to assess whether you have the required ECTS credits for the Master’s degree program Molecular Biotechnology, please complete the linked table, also add existing or missing credits as part of the application - please click HERE to fill out the table to open the file (PDF 1,1 MB)
        • If the applicant graduated from an education system, which does not use the ECTS credit system, it is the applicant’s responsibility to demonstrate ECTS-equivalence.
        • If you meet the admission requirements and if the ECTS credits are only slightly below the required number, it will be decided on a case-by-case basis whether the additional ECTS credits can be compensated by additional examinations in order to allow admission to the degree program.
      • Equivalent certificate from abroad - Equivalence is determined by international agreements, validation or in individual cases a decision by the head of the academic section.

    Information for applicants with non-Austrian (school) certificates (PDF 145 KB)

    Regulation for the admission of third country citizens (PDF 233 KB)

    • English language proficiency at CEFR level C1
      • The program is conducted entirely in English
      • Students who have obtained their higher education entrance qualification and Bachelor's degree in the EU, EEA or Switzerland do not require proof of their English language skills.
      • Students who speak English as their first language must prove their nationality, place of birth and length of stay in a country with English as their official language.
      • All other students must provide written proof of their English proficiency, e.g. by a currently valid certification of one of the following tests:
        • Test of English for International Communication (IELTS) 7-9
        • Cambridge English Advanced (CAE)
        • Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE)
        • Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) 880-990
        • Test of English as a Foreign Language, internet-based test (TOEFLiBT ) 110-120
        • UNICERT (III)
      The tests must be passed on application and the IELTS, TOEIC and TOEFL scores must be valid.

    There are 40 places available in the Master’s degree program in Molecular Biotechnology each year. The ratio of places to applicants is currently around 1:4.5.

    For organizational reasons, we recommend that applicants from outside the EU, EEA and Switzerland complete their application by end of February 2023 at the latest.

    To apply you will require the following documents:

    • Letter of motivation
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Birth certificate or equivalent
    • Passport/proof of citizenship
    • Bachelor's certificate/Diploma certificate/equivalent certificate from abroad/proof of matriculation3 4
    • Transcript(s) of records4
    • Written proof of your English skills (for applicants outside the EU, EEA and Switzerland)
    • A completed table with the relevant ECTS credits from your previous studies: Biology (30, of which 20 are in biology theory and 10 are in biology labs/practical courses), Chemistry (15), Mathematics (6) - please click HERE to complete the table with relevant ECTS credits to open the file (PDF 1,1 MB)

    3 If you have not completed your studies at the time of application, please upload the current proof of matriculation and submit the graduation certificates on time.

    4 Please note the regulations for international certificates - click HERE (PDF 145 KB) for more information

    Please note:

    It is not possible to save incomplete online applications. You must complete your application in one session. Your online application will be accepted once you have uploaded all required documents. After completing your online application, you will receive an automatically generated reply e-mail with the application form. To consider your application as complete, please return the signed application form to biotechnologie@fh-campuswien.ac.at.

    If the application documents are fully provided and meet the admission requirements, you will be invited to participate in the first part of the admission procedure. The first part is a written admission test on the computer on site, where your knowledge of biology, molecular biology, cell biology, English, etc. on Life Science Bachelor’s level, as well as cognitive questions are tested.

    For the written admission test, which takes place at the main location of the FH Campus Wien, your personal presence in Vienna is required.

    After positive completion of the written admission test, you will be invited to the second part of the admission procedure, which is planned as an online interview. You will have the opportunity to present your motivation, your studies and your professional and scientific goals, as well as to answer knowledge questions at Life Science Bachelor’s level. The interview will be conducted with an online meeting tool.

    The test and the interview are scored and ranked.

    • Criteria
      The criteria for acceptance are based solely on performance. The geographical origin of the applicant has no influence on the decision. The admission requirements must be met in all cases. Applicants are evaluated according to the following system:
      • Written test 60%
      • Interview 40%

    The committee, consisting of the head of the degree program and representatives of the teaching staff, awards places to the applicants who score highest in the admission procedure. The admission procedure as a whole, including tests and assessment results, are documented in a transparent and verifiable manner.

    • Waiting list
      If you are not offered a place in the degree program but your score is considered good in comparison to others, you will be placed on the waiting list. This means that if another person declines their offer of a study place for the upcoming winter semester, applicants from the waiting list will be contacted. This can happen at short notice and no deadline can be determined in advance. You will be informed immediately if you are offered a spot in the degree program.  
    • Rejection by the degree program
      If you receive a rejection after the admission process, you can reapply for the next winter semester as soon as the application window is open again. You will then have to reapply online, submit all the necessary documents and go through the entire admission procedure again.
    • Acceptance of the study place
      You will be informed via e-mail about the opportunity of receiving a place in the degree program. Attached to that you will find your training contract and a number of regulations. You need to return the signed contract in time (clearly stated in the e-mail) to secure and accept your place in the degree program. The accounting department will forward you the invoice for the tuition fee separately. This may take a few days. The timetable for the respective degree program is expected to be online one to two weeks BEFORE the beginning of each semester. All other study-relevant information will either be sent to you via e-mail, or you will receive it at the beginning of the academic year.
    • Cancellation from the applicant’s side
      If you are unable or unwilling to accept your place in the degree program, please inform the Secretary's Office at biotechnologie@fh-campuswien.ac.at as soon as possible. Your place will then be allocated to the next person on the waiting list. Cancellations or withdrawal from the training contract will only be accepted in writing.

    Written admission test: expectedly calendar week 16, 2023
    Interviews: expectedly calendar weeks 20/21, 2023


    During the studies

    You will be able to study and conduct research in state of the art lecture halls and laboratories. 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 study or conduct research at prestigious universities such as the King's College in London or the Stockholm University in Sweden. Numerous R&D projects in the degree program’s labs offer you the opportunity to participate in application-oriented practical research and to make valuable contacts for your future career.

    The Molecular Biotechnology Section is active in medical and pharmaceutical research. Your education benefits from the results of our already established research priorities cellular signaling pathways and immunology. In allergy research, we focus on food allergies as well as the pathological mechanisms of inhalational allergies, such as pollen allergies, with the help of epithelial cell culture systems. Thus, the degree program is not only a strong foundation for medical and pharmaceutical research, but also for a doctoral program at a university.

    • This English language Master’s degree program, which is unique in Austria, offers you a balanced mix of molecular-biological subjects as well as key transversal skills.
    • You will acquire knowledge und practical skills in the fields of molecular medicine and drug discovery.
    • You will follow the main steps of modern drug development, from the first screening until the drug is approved.
    • The degree program focuses on the following subjects: immunology, neurobiology, stem cells, pathology, as well as signaling pathways, pharmacology, and data analysis.
    • You will improve your employment prospects with practical vocational auxiliary qualifications. You will learn more about innovation and the clinical development of drugs  and will be able to move among the different cultures in the biotech industry. You will learn about bioethics as well as entrepreneurship and strategic business management.
    • During your studies, you will refine your English, the international language of applied life sciences. In addition, you will learn interdisciplinary skills that are required in research and in management.
    • The entire 4th semester of your studies is reserved for the research project, which you can undertake nationally or internationally. The studies will culminate in the Master’s thesis, comprising the results of the research project.

    Curriculum

    Bioethics ILV
    1 SWS
    1 ECTS

    Bioethics ILV

    Lector: Dr.in Mary Grace Wallis

    1 SWS   1 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    Current (bio-)ethical topics relevant for the life sciences/pharmaceutical/biotech industry (see Learning Outcomes)

    Assessment methods

    Continuous assessment
    Continuous assessment

    Teaching methods

    Student-centred methods: presentations, discussions, written group tasks, blended learning.

    Language

    English

    Bioinformatics ILV
    2 SWS
    2 ECTS

    Bioinformatics ILV

    Lector: Mag. Dr. Walter Glaser

    2 SWS   2 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    Commands in Linux
    Individual topics will be taken up and discussed in more detail, e.g:
    - biological sequences, sequence comparison
    - bioinformatic output formats/files

    Assessment methods

    Continuous assessment
    Continuous assessment including assessment of final project

    Teaching methods

    Lectures, Powerpoint presentation, hands-on exercises and independent work

    Language

    English

    Clinical Drug Development ILV
    1 SWS
    1 ECTS

    Clinical Drug Development ILV

    Lector: Dr. Astrid Christine Erber

    1 SWS   1 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    - Case studies: Clinical development of selected drugs (biopharmaceuticals and small-molecule drugs)
    - Classes of Pharmaceuticals
    - Clinical and epidemiological study designs
    - Outcomes and inclusion/exclusion criteria, special populations
    - Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs): Randomization, Blinding and Placebos
    - Conduct of clinical trials
    - Data analysis and interpretation
    - Ethical aspects
    - The origins and principles of Good Clinical Practice (GCP)
    - International regulations (EMEA, FDA, ICH)
    - Interfaces: Regulatory Affairs and Pharmacovigilance, Marketing and Product Life Cycle Management
    - Special chapters: Generic drugs and biosimilars, orphan drugs and Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products

    Assessment methods

    Continuous assessment
    Grading of participation and in-class exercises. Written exam at the end of the lecture course. Exam includes multiple choice questions as well as open questions.

    Teaching methods

    Lectures, small group discussions and in-class exercises

    Language

    English

    General Pathology VO
    2 SWS
    3 ECTS

    General Pathology VO

    Lector: Prim.Univ.Doz. Dr.med. Johann Feichtinger

    2 SWS   3 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    Students know and can explain the principles of general pathology, causes and development of pathological processes and diseases at the level of cells, tissues and the whole organism in detail. Students know and are able to describe the courses of illness and symptoms based on morphological alterations and clinicopathological correlations from the systemic/special pathology. In addition, students are familiar with and can explain the systematics and nomenclature of diseases as well as applied diagnostic and therapeutic strategies.

    Assessment methods

    Final exam
    Written multiple choice test

    Teaching methods

    Lecture (Powerpoint presentations, manuscript, glossary, mind maps) / Vorlesung (VL-Unterlagen als Powerpoint-Folien mit Schemata und Bildmaterial, VL-Manuskript, Glossar, Mind-Maps)

    Language

    English

    Intercultural Teams in Interdisciplinary Projects ILV
    1 SWS
    1 ECTS

    Intercultural Teams in Interdisciplinary Projects ILV

    Lector: Monika Frauwallner, FH-Prof. Dr. Paul Watson

    1 SWS   1 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    The content of this integrated course, which is specially designed as the Kick-Off of the Master degree programme prepares the students from different countries, cultural backgrounds, universities, disciplines, and with individual life experiences to work together optimally in interdisciplinary, intercultural and international study and working environments. See the ‘Learning Outcomes' for further details.

    Assessment methods

    Continuous assessment
    Continuous assessment

    Teaching methods

    Student-centred methods: presentations, discussions, individual and group tasks

    Language

    English

    Medical Genetics VO
    2 SWS
    2 ECTS

    Medical Genetics VO

    Lector: Univ.-Prof.i.R. Dr. Christine Mannhalter

    2 SWS   2 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    The course will be divided in several parts:
    - summary of basic principles
    - discussion of molecular biological techniques including their limitations
    - discussion of several examples for genetic diseases, also in the context of useful and suitable methods (monogenetic, polygenetic, acquired).
    Students are encouraged to take the lead to preside over debates and scientific discussions on current scientific and/or ethical topics. At the end of the course, students undertake a quiz where they are encouraged to try to identify the cause of a disease.

    Assessment methods

    Final exam
    Preparation of a written manuscript to a specific topic, evaluation of the participation in discussions. (Seminar paper)

    Teaching methods

    Use of Power Point presentation, regular discussions, use of quiz.

    Language

    English

    Medical Genetics Lab UE
    2 SWS
    2 ECTS

    Medical Genetics Lab UE

    Lector: Ao.Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Dietmar Abraham, Andrea Krames, BSc MSc, Heidi Miedl, Ao.Univ.Prof. Dr. Martin Schreiber, Assoz.-Prof. Priv.-Doz. Mag. Dr. Karin Zins

    2 SWS   2 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    Various methods used in genetic analysis are explained and carried out practically. These include the reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction for the detection of leukemia associated fusion transcripts, gene amplification and hybridization to immobilized, allele specific oligonucleotides for the detection of mutations in the cystic fibrosis gene, and genotyping of a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) in a cohort of patients followed by statistical analysis of the association with disease risk.

    Assessment methods

    Continuous assessment
    Immanent assessment of student's understanding of the subject, written laboratory report.

    Teaching methods

    - The theoretical basis of each of the analyses conducted in the laboratory is explained in a preceding seminar.
    - Students conduct genetic analyses according to detailed reports provided by the lecturers.
    - Laboratory results are discussed with lecturers at the end of each unit, and are summarized in a report whose structure corresponds to that of a scientific paper.

    Language

    English

    Molecular Genetics VO
    1.5 SWS
    2 ECTS

    Molecular Genetics VO

    Lector: FH-Prof. Dr. Thomas Czerny

    1.5 SWS   2 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    - Fundamental features of genetics and genetic engineering
    - Different levels of regulation of gene expression in pro- and eukaryotes
    - Transcriptional regulation (transcription in eukaryotes, transcriptional activation, properties of transcription factors)
    - Posttranscriptional regulation (splicing, transport, stability of mRNA, translational control)
    - Effects of chromatin (composition, histone modifications, regulation, epigenetics)
    - Examples from signalling pathways

    Assessment methods

    Final exam
    Written exams

    Teaching methods

    Lectures with Powerpoint presentations

    Language

    English

    Molecular Immunology VO
    2 SWS
    3 ECTS

    Molecular Immunology VO

    Lector: Univ.-Prof. Dr.med.univ. Herbert Strobl, MD

    2 SWS   3 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    Fundamental concepts of immunity, immunologic tolerance and autoimmunity, immunity to microbes, transplantation immunology, immunity to tumors, hypersensitivity disorders, allergy, congenital and acquired immunodeficiencies, immunotherapy and immunological methods.

    Assessment methods

    Final exam
    Written exam at the end of the lecture course. Exam includes multiple choice questions as well as open questions.

    Teaching methods

    Lectures, interactive discussions between students and lecturer.

    Language

    English

    Molecular Pathology VO
    2 SWS
    3 ECTS

    Molecular Pathology VO

    Lector: Ao. Univ. Prof. Mag. Dr. Wolfgang Mikulits, Ao. Univ. Prof. Mag. Dr. Ernst Müllner, Ao. Univ. Prof. Dr. DI Johannes Nimpf

    2 SWS   3 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    In this lecture course, initially the knowledge about the human genome is deepened. Building on that it is pointed out how genetic alterations can lead to disease. Further, methods to the identification of genetic diseases as well as methods for gene therapy are presented. The next part focuses on how aberrant molecular signal transduction can contribute to tumor development and metastasis. This is complemented by presentation of in vivo and in vitro tumor models. The final part is concerned with the topics of tissue printing and cell engineering. This is complemented by presenting novel developments in stem cell biology in normal as well as tumor tissues. Accompanying, in all parts important methods like flow cytometry, migration assays, fluorescence microscopy and blood cell analysis are addressed.

    Assessment methods

    Final exam
    Written exam after the end of the course; open questions, no multiple choice.

    Teaching methods

    Mainly powerpoint slides pointing out additional weblinks to literature sources, web-based texts and video content.

    Language

    English

    RNA VO
    1 SWS
    2 ECTS

    RNA VO

    Lector: FH-Prof. Dr. Herbert Wank

    1 SWS   2 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    RNA fundamentals, RNA structure, catalytic RNAs, RNA processing, RNA splicing, RNA editing, riboswitches, RNA applications, non-coding RNAs, RNAi, RNA world, SELEX

    Assessment methods

    Final exam
    Written exam at the end of the course.

    Teaching methods

    Lecture

    Language

    English

    RNA Analysis Lab VO
    3 SWS
    3 ECTS

    RNA Analysis Lab VO

    Lector: Andrea Krames, BSc MSc, FH-Prof. Dr. Herbert Wank

    3 SWS   3 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    RNA methods:
    - Northern blot (glucose/galactose metabolism in yeast, RNA extraction from yeast, denaturing RNA agarose gel, RNA transfer, specific oligonucleotide hybridization, band detection, quantitative PCR)
    - EMSA (in vitro transcription with T7 RNA polymerase, RNA purification, RNA folding, native polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, RNA staining using methylene blue, detection of RNP complexes)
    - RNA stability (temperature dependence, pH dependence, RNAses)

    Assessment methods

    Continuous assessment
    Continuous assessment - presence, motivation, participation, practical skills (results), written report.

    Teaching methods

    Laboratory

    Language

    English

    Scientific Communication I ILV
    2 SWS
    3 ECTS

    Scientific Communication I ILV

    Lector: Dr.in Mary Grace Wallis, FH-Prof. Dr. Paul Watson

    2 SWS   3 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    The scientific and ethical content (see the ‘Learning Outcomes' for specific details) of this course aligns with the aims of the Master degree programme, and by working closely with other lecturers compliments the content of the other courses.

    Assessment methods

    Continuous assessment
    Continuous assessment

    Teaching methods

    Student-centred methods: presentations, discussions, written individual and group tasks, blended learning.

    Language

    English

    Vascular Biology VO
    1 SWS
    2 ECTS

    Vascular Biology VO

    Lector: Ass.Prof. MMag. Dr. rer. nat. Alice Assinger

    1 SWS   2 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    Students are able to decribe the three main areas: hematology, vascular biology and vascular pathology.
    Hematology deals with the following topics:
    1. erythrocytes (structure, cytoskeleton, hemoglobin, gas exchange, erythrocyte breakdown, iron metabolism, blood groups)
    2. leukocytes (morphological leukocyte differentiation)
    3. Platelets (structure, activation, adhesion, aggregation, interaction with cells or with the extracellular matrix)
    4. Hemostasis (plasmatic coagulation, cell-based model of coagulation, fibrinolytic system, inhibitor systems, blood coagulation tests)
    5. Laboratory diagnosis of blood (sample collection, plasma/serum, sample composition/sources of error, clinical chemistry, red/white blood count, blood group serology)
    6. Hematological diseases (reactive changes of the erythrocytes/leucocytes/platelets, disorders of hemostasis)
    /
    Vascular biology deals with:
    1. an overview of the vascular system (terms, structure, blood vessel system / lymphatic system)
    2. development of the blood vessels (vasculogenesis, angiogenesis, significance and function of specific angiogenic growth factors)
    3. the endothelium (biology of the endothelial cell, structure of endothelia, endothelial species)
    4. the functions of the endothelium (regulation of vascular tone, endothelium and cell adhesion, endothelial dysfunction)

    Vascular pathology describes:
    1. the role of the endothelium in the acute inflammatory response (systemically explained by the example of sepsis and locally using the example of "acute lung injury" and
    2. atherosclerosis described as a chronic inflammatory vascular disease (risk factors, lipid metabolism, atherogenesis, pathophysiology of unstable plaque / plaque rupture, animal models in atherosclerosis research).

    Assessment methods

    Final exam
    Exam; single-choice questions and essay about a topic.

    Teaching methods

    Reading of primary literature, lectures with power point and flip chart, self-study.

    Language

    English

    Biologicals VO
    1 SWS
    1 ECTS

    Biologicals VO

    Lector: Dr. Klaus Rumpel

    1 SWS   1 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    The lecture course "Biologicals" gives an overview over the most important aspects of biotherapeutics (= biologics) which is the fastest growing type of drug gaining more and more importance.
    The focus of the course is the discovery research of therapeutic concepts enabled by engineering of biologics, bioprocess development of biologicals, and manufacturing aspects.
    Major differences and therapeutic aspects differing between small molecule drugs and biologics are discussed; examples of major classes of biologics are presented as case studies.
    Discovery and engineering of therapeutic monoclonal antibodies are discussed in more detail as this class of therapeutics reflects the biggest class amongst many other biologicals.
    Approaches and technologies for biopharmaceutical manufacturing and purification will be discussed; major aspects and challenges of protein analytics and physicochemical characterization of biologics will be highlighted.

    Assessment methods

    Final exam
    Written exam in the last lecture

    Teaching methods

    Lecture

    Language

    English

    Drug Screening VO
    1 SWS
    1 ECTS

    Drug Screening VO

    Lector: Michael Nagl, Dr, Prof.(FH) Mag. Dr. Christoph Wiesner

    1 SWS   1 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    Students learn how to isolate natural drugs (small molecules) from plants or how to produce biologics. Course content also includes different in vitro screening methods, HCS, HTS (including target-and phenotype-based drug discovery).

    Assessment methods

    Final exam
    Final written exam (100%)

    Teaching methods

    Lecture

    Language

    English

    In Silico Biology VO
    3 SWS
    3 ECTS

    In Silico Biology VO

    Lector: Mag. Dr. Walter Glaser

    3 SWS   3 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    Bioinformatics topics will be addressed and the practical solution of biological problems with bioinformatics tools will be discussed.
    The topics include:
    - the Human Genome (Genome analysis: SNPs, Variant Discovery)
    - biological batabases
    - data formats
    - protein domains, regulatory patterns
    - non-coding RNA prediction
    - gene set analysis

    Assessment methods

    Final exam
    Written test on the theoretical part (50%), report (50%)

    Teaching methods

    Lectures, Powerpoint presentation, discussion and independent hands-on exercises with
    bioinformatics tools

    Language

    English

    Infection Biology VO
    2 SWS
    2 ECTS

    Infection Biology VO

    Lector: Priv. Doz. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Holger Scholz, Professor und Direktor, FH-Prof.in Univ. Doz.in Dr.in Ines Swoboda

    2 SWS   2 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    In this lecture, beside the basics of medical microbiology, the complex interactions between pathogens and the human host are presented and the molecular, cellular and immunological aspects of this interaction are explained. Strategies developed by bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites to colonize, invade, survive, reproduce and spread are discussed. Furthermore, the cellular and systemic effects on the host, the host's defence mechanisms and the clinical manifestations of the infectious diseases are shown. In addition, principles of the diagnosis of infectious diseases as well as antimicrobial and antiviral treatment options are explained and concepts behind the development of novel diagnostic tools, drugs and vaccines for future prevention and therapy of infectious diseases are presented. The lecture is rounded off by a detailed presentation of selected infectious diseases using clear visual material and a presentation of own research activities.

    Assessment methods

    Final exam
    Written exam in the end of the lecture course

    Teaching methods

    Lecture

    Language

    English

    Innovation in Biotechnology & Start-Ups ILV
    2 SWS
    2 ECTS

    Innovation in Biotechnology & Start-Ups ILV

    Lector: Mag. Dr. Michael Hähnle, Peter Tschuchnig

    2 SWS   2 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    Definitions and meaning of Knowledge and the management of knowledge in a knowledge-driven society in general and in the field of Biotechnology in particular with heavy focus on phases of Research and Development (R&D). What is it? Definitions? Perspectives: The human and the data, principles, types, processes, concepts, tools and practice.
    From Invention (Research/Technology) to Innovation: The Management of Innovation. Definitions and basics, the process of Innovation Management, the strategic dimension of innovation. Innovation analyses/assessment and organisational aspects of implementation.
    From a business idea to a business plan: The story of a business plan and its elements (externally and internally). The business idea, the vision/mission statement and it's reflection in a certain product/service, the targeted market with its characteristics (such as customers, competitors, partners, etc.), the financials, the legal environment, the organisation needed to drive business implementation, the plan for implementation.
    The four phases for business-plan development and its implementation: Build hypotheses derived from a business idea, feedback, maturing it through “friendly customers&rdquo;, incorporate results and show business plan to real customers, to real investors (or funding organisations), if successful, go through foundation process, business start and ongoing improvements.
    Useful Tools: Porter Model – 5 Forces, SWOT Analyses; Life-Cycle Analyses; Canvas Business Model Concept, BP-Calculation templates, BP templates; Risk Analyses.

    Assessment methods

    Final exam
    Evaluation of group results (a complete business-plan plus a BP presentation). In addition, individual interviews with students about their results facilitates quality assurance respectively control at an individual level. (Group work)

    Teaching methods

    Student-centred methods: project work in fixed groups, presentations, partly: flipped class-room approach, debates, discussions, written tasks.

    Language

    English

    Intellectual Property & Patent Law VO
    1 SWS
    1 ECTS

    Intellectual Property & Patent Law VO

    Lector: Dr. Irene Fialka, CMC, Mag. Dr. Manuela Loidl

    1 SWS   1 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    • Which forms of protection of intellectual property are available? – trademark, industrial design, copyright, utility model, complementary protection certificate, patent
    • History of patent rights
    • What is a patent?
    – effects of a patent
    – what can be patented and what is excluded from patent protection?
    – what are the prerequisites for patent application/protection?
    – How to define an inventor? Rights and obligations of employee inventors
    • From application to patent grant
    – structure of a patent application
    – application and granting processes
    - protective reach and duration
    – legal measures
    – fees and costs
    – where to apply for a patent
    • Rights of patent owners and legal measures
    • International agreements (EP, PCT), important national differences
    • Biopatents – legal framework, important decisions
    • Freedom to Operate
    • Espacenet and how to use it for patent research
    • Patent lawyer - the profession
    • Fundamentals in copyright
    • Fundamentals in industrial design
    • Fundamentals in trademark
    • Strategies and decision making
    • Important agreements– MTAs, CDAs, licensing contracts
    • Licensing contracts - fundamental principles, important clauses
    – Franchise

    Assessment methods

    Continuous assessment
    Written exam at the end of the course.

    Teaching methods

    Lectures with interactive elements and discussions, actual cases will be discussed in more detail.

    Language

    English

    Molecular Pathology Lab UE
    3 SWS
    3 ECTS

    Molecular Pathology Lab UE

    Lector: Andrea Krames, BSc MSc, Ao. Univ. Prof. Mag. Dr. Wolfgang Mikulits, Ao. Univ. Prof. Mag. Dr. Ernst Müllner

    3 SWS   3 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    - Various tissue staining techniques; patho-histological evaluation of tumor tissue samples and photographical documentation; characterization of blood by flow cytometry; determination of leucocytes in blood smears; blood sugar measurements in oral glucose-tolerance tests
    - Isolation of chicken granulosa cells from pre-ovulatory follicles; fluorescence microscopy of thin sections of follicles; stimulation of transgenic fibroblasts (ApoER2+Dab1 or VLDLR+Dab1) with Reelin followed by detection of Dab1 phosphorylation by immunoprecipitation and Western blotting
    - Proliferation kinetics and clonogenic assays; cell migration and wound healing assays; cell migration assays using transwells

    Assessment methods

    Continuous assessment
    Immanenter Prüfungscharakter durch permanente Beobachtung der Mitarbeit und des persönlichen Engagements; Qualität der Datenauswertung und Dokumentation im schriftlichen Protokoll

    Teaching methods

    Practical laboratory course accompanied by introductory seminars

    Language

    English

    Molecular Virology VO
    1 SWS
    2 ECTS

    Molecular Virology VO

    Lector: Ao.Univ.Prof. Dr. Dieter Klein, Dr.rer.nat. Christoph Metzner

    1 SWS   2 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    Replication cycle of important virus families, pathogenetic mechanisms of important viruses, anti-viral strategies, and importance of viruses in molecular biology and medicine.

    Assessment methods

    Final exam
    Written examination

    Teaching methods

    Interactive Lecture

    Language

    English

    Scientific Communication II ILV
    2 SWS
    2 ECTS

    Scientific Communication II ILV

    Lector: Dr.in Mary Grace Wallis, FH-Prof. Dr. Paul Watson

    2 SWS   2 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    The scientific and ethical content (see the ‘Learning Outcomes' for specific details) of this course aligns with the aims of the Master degree programme, and by working closely with other lecturers compliments the content of the other courses.

    Assessment methods

    Continuous assessment
    Continuous assessment

    Teaching methods

    Student-centred methods: presentations, debates, discussions, written individual and group tasks, blended learning.

    Language

    English

    Signalling Pathways VO
    1 SWS
    2 ECTS

    Signalling Pathways VO

    Lector: FH-Prof. Dr. Thomas Czerny

    1 SWS   2 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    Important signalling pathways of the cell (e.g. MAP kinase-, GPCR-, Nuclear Hormone Receptor-, NF-kB-, Jak/Stat-, Wnt-, Hedgehog-, Tgfß-, Apoptosis-, PI3K/Akt- and stress pathways) are presented together with their effects on gene expression and other functions of the cell. In addition the crosslinks with other pathways are discussed. Techniques for the analysis of signalling pathways are also presented.

    Assessment methods

    Final exam
    Written Exam

    Teaching methods

    Lectures with Powerpoint presentations, Discussion of selected chapters

    Language

    English

    Signalling Pathways Lab UE
    3 SWS
    3 ECTS

    Signalling Pathways Lab UE

    Lector: Andrea Krames, BSc MSc, Dr.in Elisabeth Riegel

    3 SWS   3 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    Methods for the manipulation and the analysis of signalling pathways in cell culture are applied, broadening the knowledge on specific pathways. The applied methods are transient transfection in cell culture, reporter constructs with gfp and luciferase, overexpression of activators/repressors (including RNAi), Western analysis of cellular extracts, analysis of phosphorylation, fluorescence microscopy of labelled proteins and pharmacologic manipulation of the pathways.

    Assessment methods

    Final exam
    Assessment of the work in the laboratory, written exams at the beginning of the laboratory course, discussion of the results after the laboratory course and a written report of the experiments. (Seminar paper)

    Teaching methods

    Laboratory work

    Language

    English

    Stem Cells VO
    1.5 SWS
    2 ECTS

    Stem Cells VO

    Lector: Dr. Arabella Meixner

    1.5 SWS   2 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    Reports about stem cells and their usage in biomedical research has raised several important key questions about their capacity to use for stem cell-based therapies to cure diseases. Our course starts with an overview about stem cell biology, where to find stem cell and might there be a different o stem cells isolated from various organisms, such as axolotl. We start to understand how an organsims is developing and where to find stem cells in a human body. For a deeper knowledge in stem cell biology we learn about induced pluripotent stem cells and the development of mini organs/organoids. We discuss the potential usage of stem cells in clinical applications, the importance for society and relevant ethical aspects. Finally, we present latest key news and views about recently published stem cell research breakthroughs.

    Assessment methods

    Final exam
    Written exam

    Teaching methods

    Interactive lectures with discussions using Power point presentation and the blackboard

    Language

    English

    Stem Cells Lab UE
    2.5 SWS
    3 ECTS

    Stem Cells Lab UE

    Lector: Mag. Dr. Thomas Dechat, Dr Astrid Hagelkrüys, Andrea Krames, BSc MSc

    2.5 SWS   3 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    The course teaches the fundamentals of the culture of murine embryonic stem cells and induced stem cells and practical applications. Different cultivation possibilities for ESC and the control of the stability of the cultures in the undifferentiated state will be learned (morphological analysis, alkaline phosphatase assay). Targeted differentiation using the embryoid body (EB) model will be learnt and in addition, experimental investigations will be carried out on how different inhibitors or activators influence differentiation. The formation of EB is analyzed by light microscopy. Using an example, the use of CRISPR/Cas in stem cells will be practiced.

    Assessment methods

    Continuous assessment
    Continuous assessment. The grade is comprised of the following sections: attendance, motivation, cooperation, written report

    Teaching methods

    Practical laboratory course

    Language

    English

    Electives 1 (1 ECTS of your choice)

    Drug Discovery SE
    1 SWS
    1 ECTS

    Drug Discovery SE

    Lector: FH-Prof. Dr. Thomas Czerny, Dr.in Elisabeth Riegel

    1 SWS   1 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    In this course research papers from internationally respected high-quality journals from the field of Drug Discovery are distributed to the students who read them on their own. The seminar itself then takes the format of a peer-group discussion, where students present the background, the most important findings and the conclusion of the publications. Furthermore, they discuss the strengths and the weaknesses of the publications and make suggestions for improvements.

    Assessment methods

    Final exam
    Participation in discussion (Seminar paper)

    Teaching methods

    Seminar

    Language

    English

    Molecular Immunology SE
    1 SWS
    1 ECTS

    Molecular Immunology SE

    Lector: FH-Prof.in Univ. Doz.in Dr.in Ines Swoboda

    1 SWS   1 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    In this course research papers from internationally respected high-quality journals from the field of Molecular Immunology are distributed to the students who read them on their own. The seminar itself then takes the format of a peer-group discussion, where students present the background, the most important findings and the conclusion of the publications. Furthermore, they discuss the strengths and the weaknesses of the publications and make suggestions for improvements.

    Assessment methods

    Continuous assessment
    Participation in discussion (Seminar paper)

    Teaching methods

    Seminar

    Language

    English

    RNA SE
    1 SWS
    1 ECTS

    RNA SE

    Lector: FH-Prof. Dr. Herbert Wank

    1 SWS   1 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    In this course research papers from internationally respected high-quality journals from the field of RNA research are distributed to the students who read them on their own. The seminar itself then takes the format of a peer-group discussion, where students present the background, the most important findings and the conclusion of the publications. Furthermore, they discuss the strengths and the weaknesses of the publications and make suggestions for improvements.

    Assessment methods

    Continuous assessment
    Participation in discussion

    Teaching methods

    Seminar

    Language

    English

    Electives 2 (2 ECTS of your choice)

    Therapeutic Strategies VO
    1 SWS
    2 ECTS

    Therapeutic Strategies VO

    Lector: Doz. Mag. Dr. Wolfgang Sommergruber

    1 SWS   2 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    Therapeutic strategies based on signal transduction pathways in health and disease provides a detailed view of the underlying molecular biology of selected diseases and novel treatment modalities with a particular focus on oncology. Clinical failures and validity of targets, Extracellular signaling (endocrine – paracrine – autocrine; Multitype) - Mechanisms of signal transduction and the determination of the fate of a cell - Intracellular signal-transduction (signaling by phosphorylation and GTP-binding) - PD-1/PD-L1 and CTLA-4 signaling in immune cells - Molecular mechanisms of EMT - Ligand-binding and effector specificity of receptor proteins - Acetylcholine: Same signal can lead to different effects in cells of different tissues - Hormones: Small lipophilic molecules and their intracellular receptors; hydrophilic and lipophilic hormones and their cell-surface receptors - Hormone receptors (retinoid-x-receptor; PR, GR, AR and ER receptors) - Hashimoto's thyroiditis, Graves' disease - Nuclear receptors - Prostaglandin (PG) Biosynthesis (COX1, 2; COX inhibitors) - Prostaglandin signal-transduction pathways - Insect and snake venom (PLA2) - Prostaglandins in breast cancer and endometriosis (autocrine and paracrine actions of PEG2 and PEF2a - Biphasic activation of FGF-9 by PGE2 - Phagocytic ability of macrophages and PEG2 - StAR aromatase and aromatase inhibitors - G protein-coupled receptors - Ion-channel receptors - Tyrosine kinase-linked receptors - Receptors with intrinsic enzymatic activity - EGFR (mechanisms of EGFR dysregulation - Therapeutic concepts, types of biomarkers - Molecular mechanisms of oncogene addiction and clinical resistance - Compensatory pathways in oncogenic kinase signaling and resistance to targeted therapies (EGFR, BRAF, SMO) - Dual-specificity phosphatases: Critical regulators with diverse cellular targets - The hedgehog and Hippo pathway in development and disease - Fusion proteins of ALK and their contribution to tumorigenesis - Tyrosine kinase-linked receptors - Mechanisms to die: Immunogenic cell death (ICD).

    Assessment methods

    Final exam
    Written exam and a short oral presentation (5 minutes, FlipChart) + feedback

    Teaching methods

    Oral presentations with PowerPoint slides, printed handouts will be provided (if requested), short presentations by students on selected topics (FlipChart); see also Assessment Methods.

    Language

    English

    Vaccine Development VO
    1 SWS
    2 ECTS

    Vaccine Development VO

    Lector: Dr. Shailesh Dewasthaly

    1 SWS   2 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    Students know and can explain the currently used vaccines and the approaches to the development of vaccines against known and emerging infectious diseases. Furthermore, students can describe how the vaccines are being developed from an ‘industrial perspective' and can appreciate the complexities involved in development of vaccines all the way to licensure of the vaccines. Post licensure effectiveness of the vaccines are also discussed. Students gain a deeper understanding of the development and production of vaccines from the laboratory to the clinical trials by carrying out independent literature research and communicating their findings with supporting media (peer teaching), using current globally significant vaccines as examples.

    Assessment methods

    Continuous assessment
    Continuous assessment, assignment and presentation

    Teaching methods

    Interactive lectures with Powerpoint slides and active participation

    Language

    English

    Allergies & Autoimmune Diseases VO
    1 SWS
    2 ECTS

    Allergies & Autoimmune Diseases VO

    Lector: Ao. Univ.Prof. Dr Lili Kazemi-Shirazi, FH-Prof.in Univ. Doz.in Dr.in Ines Swoboda

    1 SWS   2 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    In this lecture course the molecular and cellular mechanisms of allergies and other hypersensitivity reactions are explained and the symptoms, causes and risk factors of allergic diseases are described. Furthermore, advantages and disadvantages of current diagnostic tests and therapeutic possibilities are discussed and strategies for improvement of diagnosis and therapies of allergies are introduced. This lecture course also explains the pathomechanisms underlying autoimmune disorders and describes determinants (such as genetic predisposition or environmental factors) that influence the development autoimmunity. In addition, the pathogenesis, clinical manifestation and the treatment possibilities of a few selected autoimmune diseases (e.g., Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis) are discussed. Furthermore, this lecture course also highlights similarities and differences between allergies and autoimmune disorders.

    Assessment methods

    Final exam
    Written exam after the last lecture

    Teaching methods

    Lecture

    Language

    English

    Computational Data Analysis ILV
    2 SWS
    2 ECTS

    Computational Data Analysis ILV

    Lector: Mag. Dr. Walter Glaser

    2 SWS   2 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    1) Acquire knowledge on selected bioinformatics chapters (Next Generation Sequencing, ChIP-Seq, RNA-Seq), and
    2) Application of relevant bioinformatics tools to analyse the associated data.

    Assessment methods

    Final exam
    100 % Report in which students have to analyse RNA-Seq Data/ChIP-Seq Data

    Teaching methods

    Introductions and explanations (lecture), Exercises using the computer

    Language

    English

    Drug Design VO
    2 SWS
    2 ECTS

    Drug Design VO

    Lector: Dr. Klaus Rumpel

    2 SWS   2 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    At the center of this course is the drug and its interaction with target proteins. Methods for determination of protein structures and characterization and quantification of protein ligand interactions are presented. In addition strategies and methods for the optimization of these interactions are discussed (lead optimization, rational design). Furthermore, aspects of pharmacokinetics (ADME, prodrugs) are presented. The underlying principles are demonstrated by selected examples.

    Assessment methods

    Final exam
    Written exam in the last lecture

    Teaching methods

    Lectures (Powerpoint presentations and downloads)

    Language

    English

    Gene Therapy VO
    1 SWS
    2 ECTS

    Gene Therapy VO

    Lector: Ao.Univ.Prof. Dr. Dieter Klein, Dr.rer.nat. Christoph Metzner

    1 SWS   2 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    Principles of gene therapy, overview on applications of gene therapy, gene transfer methods, methods for gene transfer estimation, characteristics of different viral vector systems, non-viral vector systems, lenti-/retroviral vectors, adenoviral vectors, adeno-associated viral vectors, applications of gene therapy for different diseases, problems and perspectives.

    Assessment methods

    Final exam
    Written examination

    Teaching methods

    Interactive lecture

    Language

    German

    Mass Spectrometry ILV
    2 SWS
    2 ECTS

    Mass Spectrometry ILV

    Lector: DI Dr. Johannes Stadlmann

    2 SWS   2 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    During the "hands on" laboratory every student excises a band containg a protein out of a 4-20% SDS-PAGE (Tris/Glycine) gradient gel. Purification, reduction and alkylation of Cysteines, o/n digestion with Trypsin, next day spotting onto a MALDI target, and generation of a PMF mass spectrum with MALDI-TOF and MSMS spectra of the most intense peptides. Subsequently identification of the protein with database search algorithms.
    The theoretical part provides an introduction into the basic principles of proteomics: sample preparation & fractionation (1D and 2D GE, HPLC, CE, SCX RP and affinity chromatography, difficulty of contamination e.g. keratins, SDS, salts). Explanation of the principles of mass spectrometry: ion sources (MALDI, ESI), types of mass spectrometers (TOF, quadrupole, ion trap, FT ICR) and the respective combinations e.g. MALDI-TOF/TOF etc. Resolution R and mass accuracy dm/m (ppm). Improvement of the latter by delayed extraction & reflectron for MALDI-TOF. Isotopic distribution, single and multiple charged ions (ESI). PMF (peptide mass fingerprinting), principles of data base analysis of mass spectra. Collision induced dissociation CID, MS/MS analysis and de novo sequencing.
    In addition, an introduction into the methods of quantitative proteomics as well as the analysis of post-translational modifications will be included, as well as an introduction into the application of mass spectrometry (and other technologies) to further analytical questions in addition to proteomics, e.g. metabolomics, lipidomics, drug development and environmental research.
    Finally, students present an exposé with their own concepts how to tackle a specific analytical question, using the methodology discussed in the course.

    Assessment methods

    Continuous assessment
    Active course participation, results of written test and/or oral examination, evaluation of laboratory report and exposé on potential research project using mass spectrometry

    Teaching methods

    Wet laboratory work, tutorial on all theoretical contents, video material, data analysis on computer, critical evaluation of data.

    Language

    English

    Master Project Seminar ILV
    1 SWS
    1 ECTS

    Master Project Seminar ILV

    Lector: FH-Prof. Mag. Dr. Beatrix Kuen-Krismer

    1 SWS   1 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    During this course, the students independently - with the support of the Master's Thesis Coordinator - seek a research project in an inter/national life science research institution or research company, whose content, quality and duration is suitable to write a high-quality master's thesis. Together with the direct supervisor of the research project, the students prepare a project plan for the course of the research project. The plan contains the project goals, the problem definition and the method spectrum to be used.
    In small groups, the students present the elaborated plans of their planned research projects to their peer group as well as their motivation to carry out this research project. The group discusses and reflects on the presented problems, strategies and methods and gives their feedback.

    Assessment methods

    Continuous assessment

    Teaching methods

    Activating Methods: e.g. presentations, discussions …

    Language

    English

    Molecular Immunology Lab UE
    3 SWS
    3 ECTS

    Molecular Immunology Lab UE

    Lector: Andrea Krames, BSc MSc, FH-Prof.in Univ. Doz.in Dr.in Ines Swoboda

    3 SWS   3 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    In the Molecular Immunology laboratory the theoretical immunological knowledge is deepened and practically applied to research problems from the field of allergy research. Students work in small groups of 2 to 3 people on a scientific research question. As a team they have to find the best way to answer the research question, they have to design and perform the experiments using state-of-the-art immunological and molecular biological methods such as ELISAs, SDS-PAGE, immunoblotting, PCR, microscopy and flow cytometry. Finally, each student writes a laboratory report in the format of a scientific publication, in which the background of the research topic is summarized and the experimental work, the results and the conclusion are described.

    Assessment methods

    Continuous assessment
    Continuous assessment, active participation, report

    Teaching methods

    Laboratory

    Language

    English

    Molecular Neurobiology VO
    2 SWS
    3 ECTS

    Molecular Neurobiology VO

    Lector: Dr.phil. Dr. med.univ. Karl-Heinz Huemer

    2 SWS   3 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    Students are able to explain membrane physiology, the development of action potentials, electrotonic and saltatoric conduction, synapses, important transmitters and the resulting pharmacological modulation, temporal and spatial integration, pre- and postsynaptic inhibition, as well as, motor functions of the spinal cord, basal ganglia, cerebellum, and cortex including disorders caused by lesions in these regions, the structure and function of the autonomic nervous system including effects on important organs, and the function of the sensory systems.

    Assessment methods

    Final exam
    Written exam

    Teaching methods

    Lecture

    Language

    English

    Molecular Pharmacology ILV
    2 SWS
    3 ECTS

    Molecular Pharmacology ILV

    Lector: Mag. Dr. Gerda Brunhofer-Bolzer, MSc.

    2 SWS   3 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    Structure and function of drug targets on the molecular level as well as their role as regulators of cell function, the prodrug strategy, and most frequently prescribed drugs for the treatment of human diseases (e.g. background of a disease, mechanism of action, important side effects).

    Assessment methods

    Final exam
    Written examination at the end of the course, evaluation of the tasks provided during the course

    Teaching methods

    Each topic is introduced and necessary information is provided through didactic lectures and e-learning methods. Subsequent lectures focus on the use of this information (e.g. discussion of research papers or research problems, student/poster presentations).

    Language

    English

    Strategic Business Management ILV
    2 SWS
    2 ECTS

    Strategic Business Management ILV

    Lector: Mag. Dr. Michael Hähnle, Peter Tschuchnig

    2 SWS   2 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    The Strategic Business Management course is built on four pillars.
    I) Leadership and Management of enterprises/projects for Industry and/or Academia
    The major drivers for modern business management are addressed (innovation, globalisation, market dynamic, etc.). From there, the difference of management and leadership will be explained. Build on fundamentals of systemic thinking, reflected for the background of complexity, innovation and change, the differences of working “on a system&rdquo; (leadership) and working “in a system&rdquo; (management) will be explained and discussed. Pros/Cons will be elaborated for different environments. The different traditional management styles will be enhanced by leadership approaches and mapped to leading people (individuals) and organisations (teams) in a dynamic branch.
    II) Strategic Thinking – Strategy Development (Strategic Concepts – from Vision/Mission to Strategy) and its Elements in a Holistic Approach
    A company's identity through vision, mission and corporate culture as framework for its strategy is the baseline of this chapter. A vision and its important function for organisations and its individuals as initial impulse for orientation and order, as success driving function for alignment and motivation will be explored. The effectiveness of visions in the sense of positioning, top down implementation, targets and continuous communication is analysed. The Porter Model is explained and used to show different strategy types (e.g. product market Strategies (Ansoff), competitive strategies, development strategies).
    III) The Operational Perspective of Business Management – Strategy Implementation (Management-system, Framework and Indicators)
    The importance, characteristics and elements of management systems are explained and elaborated by analysing different models such as Balanced Scorecard, EFQM Model and/or ISO 9001:2015. It is shown, how a set of policies, processes and its alignment to the organization is targeted to achieve company&acute;s objectives.
    IV) Adopted Company – A capstone project, where students apply the learning outcomes by analysing all elements learned in I-III
    The strategic analysis of a selected, “adopted&rdquo; company builds the final capstone of the lecture course. Students analyse all relevant elements of a company (vision, mission, values/culture, strategic approach and goals related research, product portfolio, human resources, market, sales, etc.) and derive strategic recommendations for the company to successfully mature its market position.
    The entire course content will be critically addressed by future requirements as well as trends and developments in biotechnology business areas.

    Assessment methods

    Continuous assessment
    Evaluation of group results (results of “adopted company” analyses and suggestions). In addition, individual interviews with students about their results facilitates quality assurance respectively control at an individual level.

    Teaching methods

    Student-centered methods: project work in fixed groups, presentations, partly: flipped class-room approach, debates, discussions, written tasks

    Language

    English

    Toxicology Lab UE
    3 SWS
    3 ECTS

    Toxicology Lab UE

    Lector: Andrea Krames, BSc MSc, Dr.in Elisabeth Riegel

    3 SWS   3 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    The toxicological and therapeutic potential of a small molecule drug will be estimated with a variety of cell based test systems. On the one hand the activating potential of the small molecule on a specific pathway (heat shock response pathway) is analysed and on the other hand possible cytotoxic effects are estimated in a concentration-dependent manner. A broad variety of assays is provided for the students including luciferase reporter assays, Western blot, qPCR, flow cytometry, ELISA and general viability assays. The students themselves select suitable methods.

    Assessment methods

    Continuous assessment
    Assessment of the work in the laboratory, written exams at the beginning of the laboratory course, discussion of the results after the laboratory course and a written report of the experiments

    Teaching methods

    Practical course with independent performance of the experiments.

    Language

    English

    Tumour Biology VO
    2 SWS
    3 ECTS

    Tumour Biology VO

    Lector: Assoc Prof.Dr Michael Grusch, Ao. Univ. Prof. Mag. Dr. Wolfgang Mikulits

    2 SWS   3 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    This course offers an overview of the changes and disturbances of the correct regulation of the cell cycle progression and of the dysfunction of the induction and execution of the programmed cell death and metabolism which occur during the malignant transformation and finally lead to cancer development. Moreover, it includes the description of the most important post-translational modifications of proteins and their role in the functional regulation of distinct proteins involved in the signal transduction. It gives an understanding of the expression and the function of tumour suppressor genes and proto-oncogenes as well as the changes of their regulation (inhibition or constitutive activation) that essentially contribute to cancer development.
    This course aims at giving students an overall view of the complexity of the carcinogenesis that encompasses cooperation between a variety of changes, dysfunctions and pathways. This course includes several topics depicting the involvement of genetic and external factors in carcinogenesis. It also gives an understanding of the role and balance between distinct suppressors and oncogenes in angiogenesis and metastasis.

    Assessment methods

    Final exam
    Evaluation of regular participation and active cooperation as well as final written examination

    Teaching methods

    Evaluation of regular participation and active cooperation as well as final written examination

    Language

    English

    Electives 3 (1 ECTS of your choice)

    Computer-Assisted Systems & Data Integrity ILV
    1 SWS
    1 ECTS

    Computer-Assisted Systems & Data Integrity ILV

    Lector: DI Dr. Timo Kretzschmar

    1 SWS   1 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    Introduction to the fundamentals of validation and operation of computerised systems in the pharmaceutical industry and regulative environment as required to be compliant with the current EU regulations
    • GxP requirements to be considered
    • Quality risk management
    • Qualification / validation of systems ...
    • Management of deviations and changes
    • Corrective and preventive actions
    • Appropriate documentation
    • Navigation in a multivalent working environment
    • Typical systems as examples, introduced from the systemic point of view (ERP, MES, diverse databases, LIMS, cloud systems, data storage and retention systems and procedures like electronic archiving and backup procedures)
    • Practical examples as the core of explanations applied to the legislative demands

    Assessment methods

    Final exam
    Presentation and discussion of the developed strategy

    Teaching methods

    Lectures combined with discussion, based on practical examples

    Language

    English

    Regulatory Affairs & Pharmacovigilance ILV
    1 SWS
    1 ECTS

    Regulatory Affairs & Pharmacovigilance ILV

    Lector: Mag. Alexander Ertl, Mag.pharm. Dr. Regina Lauer

    1 SWS   1 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    Regulatory affairs, the main contact point to health authorities and, pharmacovigilance, patient safety post clinical development, see Learning Outcomes for specific details.

    Assessment methods

    Continuous assessment

    Teaching methods

    Interactive lectures with discussions

    Language

    English

    Electives 4 (1 ECTS of your choice)

    Scientific Method: Drug Discovery SE
    1 SWS
    1 ECTS

    Scientific Method: Drug Discovery SE

    Lector: FH-Prof. Dr. Thomas Czerny, Dr.in Elisabeth Riegel

    1 SWS   1 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    In this course the students learn strategies of scientific research. In a small group they develop a strategy for a given topic (in Drug Discovery), by designing experiments and work packages which they evaluate according to different criteria like costs, effort, efficiency, Finally each group presents its research project.

    Assessment methods

    Final exam
    Presentation and discussion of the developed strategy

    Teaching methods

    Seminar

    Language

    English

    Scientific Method: Immunology SE
    1 SWS
    1 ECTS

    Scientific Method: Immunology SE

    Lector: FH-Prof.in Mag.a Dr.in Marianne Raith, FH-Prof.in Univ. Doz.in Dr.in Ines Swoboda

    1 SWS   1 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    In this course the students learn strategies of scientific research. In a small group they develop a strategy for a given topic (in Immunology), by designing experiments and work packages which they evaluate according to different criteria like costs, effort, efficiency. Finally each group presents its research project.

    Assessment methods

    Final exam
    Presentation and discussion of the developed strategy

    Teaching methods

    Seminar

    Language

    English

    Master Exam AP
    0 SWS
    2 ECTS

    Master Exam AP

    0 SWS   2 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    The Master's examination represents the final examination of the Master's program before an examination committee of experts. The students present their Master's thesis in the form of a lecture. The students are questioned about their presentation and they defend the contents and conclusions of their Master's thesis. They are asked to cross-connect the topic of their Master's thesis to relevant subjects of the degree program. The students reflect and discuss current research topics from the main fields of the Master's program with the examination committee of experts.

    Assessment methods

    Final exam
    For the presentation of the Master's thesis up to 40 points are awarded by the examination committee. Up to 30 points are awarded for the subsequent discussion on the presentation. Up to 30 points are also awarded for the discussion of current research topics from the main areas of the Master's program. The sum of these points gives the overall grade for the Master's examination.

    Teaching methods

    Activating Methods: presentations and oral exam

    Language

    English

    Master Thesis MT
    0 SWS
    28 ECTS

    Master Thesis MT

    0 SWS   28 ECTS

    Lecture contents

    Writing an English language Master‘s thesis.

    Assessment methods

    Final exam
    Assessment by experts.

    Teaching methods

    Laboratory and literature research

    Language

    English

    Semester dates

    Winter semester 2022/23: 5th September 2022 to 4th February 20233
    Summer semester 2023: 13th Februar 2023 to 28th July 20233

    3 depending on the lab courses

    Number of teaching weeks
    18 per semester

    Choosing Electives
    Electives can only take place when enough students register for them. An admission procedure may take place if the number of interested students exceed the course limit.

    Times
    Mon. to Fri. all day; some vocational subjects also held on Sat.

    Curriculum until 2019
    Expiring Curriculum


    After graduation

    As a graduate of this program, a wide range of professional fields and career opportunities are open to you. Find out where your path can lead you.

    As a graduate, you will mainly be engaged in research and development in your future employment. You can undertake a life science PhD at an Austrian or international university. You are qualified to lead lab or research groups. In addition, you have the entrepreneurial expertise to set up your own start-up. You will work in the following industries and sectors:

    • Industry (Pharma, Biotech, Medtech, Food industry, etc.)

    • Medical research (e.g. tumor biology, vaccine development, degenerative diseases)

    • Research and development departments of established pharmaceutical (life science) companies as well as biotech start-ups

    • Universities, non-university research establishments (e.g.: The Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austrian Institute of Technology, etc.) and Universities of Applied Sciences

      • Analytical laboratories in the industry and clinics

      • Veterinary research and development

      • Government agencies


        Studying made easy

        Bücher mit Geld
        Funding & Scholarships

        More information here

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        Hände zeigen auf Weltkarte
        Time abroad

        Expertise, language skills, broadening horizons

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        Fish jumps out of fishbowl into another fishbowl
        Open Lectures

        Find out more, in German

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        Books and laptop
        Center for academic writing
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        Intensive German course
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        Start-up Service
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        Doctoral Service
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        Validation
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        Accessibility
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        Networking with graduates and organizations

        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 a semester abroad, participation in research and development activities or your professional career. 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!


        Contact

        Head of Degree Program

        Secretary's office


        Elisabeth Hablas

        Favoritenstraße 222, F.3.23
        1100 Vienna
        +43 1 606 68 77-3500
        +43 1 606 68 77-3509
        biotechnologie@fh-campuswien.ac.at

        Main campus Favoriten (Google Maps)

        Office hours
        Mon. to Thurs., 9.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and 4.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.
        Fri., 9.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.

        Information on application and admission
        biotechnologie@fh-campuswien.ac.at

        Information: Application and Admission

        Mag.a Janina Agis-Blei
        Assistance
        Favoritenstraße 222, F.3.21
        1100 Wien
        +43 1 606 68 77-3505
        +43 1 606 68 77-3509
        biotechnologie@fh-campuswien.ac.at

        Teaching staff and research staff


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