PhD Program Cell Communication in Health and Disease (CCHD)

CCHD is a PhD Program in biomolecular Medicine at the Medical University of Vienna providing cutting-edge education in the fields of Neurobiology, Vascular Biology, Immunology, and Inflammation Research. It is co-financed by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and the Medical University of Vienna.

Current research projects provided by the Cell Communication in Health and Disease supervisors focus on

  • folding of neurotransmitter transporters, interactions of G protein-coupled receptors and ion channels, dynamics of transmitter release at hippocampal synapses, circuits of the medial prefrontal cortex, novel pathogenic and therapeutic aspects of mood disorders, cell type-specific signaling in pain-related behavior (neurobiology)
  • immune mechanisms in atherosclerosis and molecular mechanisms of thrombus resolution (vascular biology)
  • high-resolution imaging of molecular T-cell antigen recognition dynamics and T-cell signaling and cellular defense components in bacterial lung infections (immunology)
  • proteomics of inflammatory responses, monocytes and macrophages in X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy, genetic and molecular basis of autoinflammation and autoimmunity, and impact of adipose tissue inflammation on liver and vascular pathologies (inflammation)

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