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The Institute of Biochemistry is currently home to five independent research groups with a wide range of scientific interests: UD Dr. Karin Athenstaedt – Molecular Biology of Lipid Biosynthesis Prof. Dr. Günther Daum – Cell Biology and Biochemistry of Lipid Synthesis in the Yeast Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Prof. Dr. Albin Hermetter – Lipolysis and Lipid Oxidation in Mammalian Cells Prof. Dr. Peter Macheroux – Proteinbiochemistry and Enzymology of Flavin and Zn-dependent Enzymes Prof. Dr. Michael Murkovic – Chemistry of Functional Foods As of 2010, research funding is mainly obtained from the FWF ( (eight individual research projects, the doctoral school „Molecular Enzymology“, one special research program and one Eurocores project) as well as other sources (WTZ-Austria/Croatia and the EU). In addition to fundamental research, members of the institute are also engaged in applied projects with industrial partners in the newly founded Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotechnology (ACIB). (

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Type 3 Cyclic Nucleotide Phosphodiesterases Medicine & Life Sciences
Biosynthesis Chemical Compounds
Phytochrome Medicine & Life Sciences
Enzymes Chemical Compounds
Optogenetics Medicine & Life Sciences
Lipolysis Medicine & Life Sciences
Light Medicine & Life Sciences
Coffee Chemical Compounds

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Melina Amor


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Karin Athenstaedt


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Research Output 1982 2019

Bacteriophytochromes - from informative model systems of phytochrome function to powerful tools in cell biology

Gourinchas, G., Etzl, S. & Winkler, A., 1 Aug 2019, In : Current Opinion in Structural Biology. 57, p. 72-83 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articleResearchpeer-review

Cell Biology
Fluorescent Dyes

Effects of microwave cooking on carotenoids, phenolic compounds and antioxidant activity of Cichorium intybus L. (chicory) leaves

Zeb, A., Haq, A. & Murkovic, M., 4 Feb 2019, In : European food research and technology. 245, 245, p. 365-374 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Influence of the N-terminal segment and the PHY-tongue element on light-regulation in bacteriophytochromes

Gourinchas, G., Vide, U. & Winkler, A., 22 Mar 2019, In : The Journal of Biological Chemistry. 294, 12, p. 4498-4510 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


Activities 1990 2019

Hurdles and pitfalls on the way to structural and biochemical characterization of proteins involved in bacterial bioluminescence

Eveline Brodl (Speaker)
9 Apr 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationTalk at workshop, seminar or courseScience to science

Enzymes enhancing food safety

Zuzana Ciesarova (Speaker), Karel Cejpek (Speaker), Michael Murkovic (Speaker)
26 Apr 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationTalk at conference or symposiumScience to science

Analysis of carotenoids and ascorbic acid in sea buckthorn

Michael Murkovic (Speaker)
29 May 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationTalk at conference or symposiumScience to science


15th Doctoral Day NAWI Graz Doctoral School of Molecular Biosciences and Biotechnology

Wenmin XIA (Recipient), 5 Feb 2016

Prize: Prizes / Medals / Awards


Anton Paar Science Award

Grit Daniela Straganz (Recipient), 11 Sep 2007

Prize: Prizes / Medals / Awards


Best Paper Award

Karin Athenstaedt (Recipient), 2000

Prize: Prizes / Medals / Awards

Press / Media

Rotlicht dreht den Schlüssel im Schloss

Andreas Winkler


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media

Pflanzlicher "Stahlbeton": Biochemiker klären Lignin-Biosynthese

Peter Macheroux


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Das Botanische Eck: Die goldene Blume Kaliforniens

Peter Macheroux


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Projects 1991 2024