VIME collaborates with Dr. Tetyana Milojevic from the Department of Biophysical Chemistry to investigate the molecular mechanisms of microbial adaptation to outer space conditions such as cold and radiation. The project is funded by the FFG and will investigate samples from the TANPOPO mission.
VIME collaborates with Maria Zellner, an expert on Alzheimer Disease and Jürgen König on early and rapid Alzheimer diagnostics. Dr. Maria Zellner coordinates LOAD, a Marie Curie Action for Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways (IAPP) on the development of a late-onset- Alzheimer’s disease profile for accurate diagnosis and identification of potential therapeutic approaches.
In a close collaboration with the coordinator of the research platform Active Aging Karl-Heinz Wagner the Vienna Metabolomics Center will contribute metabolomic profiles of large cohorts of elderly participants.
The Vienna Metabolomics Center is part of the expert consortium of the recently established Austrian Microbiome Initiative (AMICI) headed by Christoph Steininger. The human body hosts an enormeous amount of different microorganisms with a clear accumulation in the gut system. Consequently, the gut microbiom influences metabolism and health. This is also reflected in metabolomic profiles. In the close collaboration of VIME and AMICI potential fields of collaboration will be explored.
Roberta Hansman received a four-year Else Richter grant from the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) to analyze dissolved proteins found in seawater. Proteins comprise about 50% of all living organisms, including the millions of microbes present in every liter of seawater, and thus become a major component of the dissolved organic material found in the ocean. This work will identify and quantify proteins dissolved in seawater in combination with analysis of the exo-metabolome in order to gain insight into what organic material in the ocean is composed of and what role microorganisms play in structuring dissolved organic matter composition. The project will be conducted within the Vienna Metabolomics Center. Roberta Hansman is member of the Microbial Oceanography lab headed by Gerhard Herndl.