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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
Lipolysis Medicine & Life Sciences
Enzymes Chemical Compounds
Optogenetics Medicine & Life Sciences
Light Medicine & Life Sciences
Phytochrome Medicine & Life Sciences
Saccharomyces cerevisiae Medicine & Life Sciences
Lipid Metabolism Medicine & Life Sciences

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Melina Amor


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Karin Athenstaedt


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Research Output 1982 2018

Asymmetric activation mechanism of a homodimeric red light-regulated photoreceptor

Gourinchas, G., Heintz, U. & Winkler, A. 5 Jun 2018 In : eLife. 7, e34815

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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Asymmetric Reductive Carbocyclization Using Engineered Ene Reductases

Heckenbichler, K., Schweiger, A. K., Brandner, L. A., Binter, A., Toplak, M., Macheroux, P., Gruber, K. & Breinbauer, R. 2018 In : Angewandte Chemie (Weinheim) / International edition in English. 57, p. 7240 –7244

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Activities 1990 2018

Neuartige Lebensmittel

Murkovic, M. (Speaker)
9 Apr 2018

Activity: Science to publicTalk at workshop, seminar or course

Analysis of carotenoids and ascorbic acid in sea buckthorn

Murkovic, M. (Speaker)
29 May 2018

Activity: Science to scienceTalk at conference or symposium

D-lactate dehydrogenase 2 – the natural electron donor of the electron transferring flavoprotein of Saccharomyces cerevisiae?

Toplak, M. (Speaker), Julia Brunner (Contributor), Macheroux, P. (Contributor)
30 Nov 2018

Activity: Science to scienceTalk at conference or symposium


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

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Pflanzlicher "Stahlbeton": Biochemiker klären Lignin-Biosynthese

Peter Macheroux


1 media contribution

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Das Botanische Eck: Die goldene Blume Kaliforniens

Peter Macheroux


1 media contribution

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Projects 1991 2023