Mission Statement

Institute for Hygiene and Applied Immunology

The Institute for Hygiene and Applied Immunology of the »Center for Pathophysiology, Infectiology and Immunology is an interdisciplinary enterprise of the »Medical University of Vienna having its history in the former Institute for Hygiene and the Department for Molecular Immunology. The Institute’s mission statement is a comprehensive understanding of the prevention of diseases starting from hygiene and infection prevention, the effectiveness of disinfectants, their methods and further development, via the diagnosis of pathogens, to the understanding of the molecular processes of the body's own natural prevention system, the immune system.

The aim of this interdisciplinary institute is to recombine the knowledge and techniques of the experts of the research groups for Antigen Recognition, Immunology of Infection and Microbiology, Medical-technical Hygiene, Molecular Immunology, Water Hygiene and Water Microbiology in order to develop and introduce hygiene measures as well as to identify novel immunomodulatory substances as basis for innovative therapeutic strategies to treat infections and immunological diseases including autoimmunity and allergy.



For the doctoral thesis Seminar # 902.218


September 27 - 30, 2019 in Pristina, Kosovo


September 8 – 11, 2019, Austria Trend Parkhotel Schönbrunn, Vienna, Austria – under the auspices of the Austrian Society for Hygiene, Microbiology and Preventive Medicine (ÖGHMP).


3. Juli 2019, 11 Uhr, Hygiene-Institut, Kinderspitalgasse 15, Hörsaal 1




The Inter-University Cooperation Center for Water and Health (ICC Water & Health), in which Regina Sommer and Alexander Kirschner from our institute as well as the Vienna University of Technology and the Karl Landsteiner Private University are involved, is starting a comprehensive research cooperation with the "City of Vienna - Vienna Water".


Congratulations! Philipp Schatzlmaier, PostDoc at the Molecular Immunology Unit (HAI), won the 'EFIS Best Poster Award' at the 6th European Congress of Immunology, taking place September 1st to 4th. He was selected as one of 24 awardees of a total of 1200 posters.


At the 6th European Congress of Immunology, held online from September 1 – 4, 2021, Venugopal Gudipati (HAI) from the Institute for Hygiene and Applied Immunology (HAI), was selected as one of the 24 Bright Sparks out of the 2,000 abstracts submitted. The presentation titled “Inefficient CAR-proximal signaling blunts antigen sensitivity” describes the research published in Nature immunology and can be accessed here. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41590-020-0719-0


is now the test center of the Austrian Association for Gas and Water ("ÖVGW")