Professor of Hygiene and Applied Immunology
Institut of Hygiene and Applied Immunology
Center for Pathophysiology, Infectiology and Immunology
Kinderspitalgasse 15, 1090 Vienna, Austria
Phone: +43 (0)1 40160 - 33060
FAX: +43 (0)1 40160 - 933000
Ecology of pathogenic microorganisms, especially bacteria in water; development of cell based detection methods for pathogenic microorganisms in water, microbial ecology of drinking water, infection risk assessment of waterborne pathogens.
Ecology of Health Relevant Microorganisms
Water associated diseases still rank among the top 5 health risks worldwide.
The unit of Water Hygiene, headed by Regina Sommer deals with the quality of drinking water and drinking water resources, with water in health care facilities and for medical applications, with bathing water and surface water as well as wastewater in relation to human health.
The prevention of water associated diseases can only be successful when aquatic systems are viewed in a holistic and ecologic manner.
To meet these requirements, the Interuniversity Cooperation Centre for Water and Health was founded recently, together with partners from the Vienna University of Technology (ICC Water & Health).
The major research topics of the Ecology of Health Relevant Microorganisms group, headed by Alexander Kirschner are the ecology of pathogenic microorganisms - especially bacteria - in water, the development of new, cell based detection and quantification methods of pathogens and faecal indicators as well as all aspects of microbial ecology and microbial pollution of drinking water, water resources, surface waters and technical water systems with a focus on health care facilities.
Moreover, we are performing infection risk assessment studies of waterborne pathogens (Vibrio, Legionella) that include the interaction with animal and human hosts.
Stevenson M.E., A.P. Blaschke, S. Schauer, M. Zessner, R. Sommer, A.H. Farnleitner and A.K.T. Kirschner (2013). Enumerating Microorganism Surrogates for Groundwater Transport Studies Using Solid-Phase Cytometry. Water, Air and Soil Pollution (in press)
Schauer, S., R. Sommer, A.H. Farnleitner and A.K.T. Kirschner (2012) Rapid and Sensitive Quantification of Vibrio cholerae and Vibrio mimicus Cells in Water Samples by Use of Catalyzed Reporter Deposition Fluorescence In Situ Hybridization Combined with Solid-Phase Cytometry. Applied and Environmental Microbiology (78) 20: 7369-7375
Kirschner, A.K.T., A. Rameder, B. Schrammel, A. Indra, A.H. Farnleitner and R. Sommer (2012) Development of a new CARD-FISH protocol for quantification of Legionella pneumophila and its application in two hospital cooling towers. J Appl Microbiol. 112:1244-1256