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Anna Nele Herdina
Mag. Dr. Anna Nele Herdina

Department of Laboratory Medicine (Division of Clinical Virology)
Position: Research Associate (Postdoc)

ORCID: 0000-0001-5176-7154


Bone Development; Chiroptera; Clinical Laboratory Techniques; Clinical virology ; Developmental Biology; Histological Techniques; Imaging, Three-Dimensional; Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction; Reproductive Behavior

Research group(s)

  • Strassl Robert
    Head: Robert Strassl
    Research Area: Viral infections in immunocompromised / immunosuppressed patients, antiviral therapy of viral infections (especially Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C). Respiratory viruses, Molecular and serological diagnostics; Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2

Research interests

Originally, I am a zoologist with a research focus on developmental and reproductive biology. My research interests include functional (micro-)morphology, developmental processes, and bat conservation biology. In my doctoral thesis I used microCT imaging in combination with ground sections and other histological techniques to quantify inter- and intraspecific variation of bat penis bone traits. In my previous postdoc positions I gained experience in molecular genetic research on mouse models and human body donor tissues.

With BatLife Austria, I also participate in studies of bat ecology with a focus on bat conservation.

At the Division of Clinical Virology, I am evaluating semi-automated DNA and RNA extraction and RT-PCR systems, and am involved in optimizing SARS-CoV-2 testing procedures.

Selected publications

  1. Reissig, L.F. et al., 2019. The Col4a2em1(IMPC)Wtsi mouse line: lessons from the Deciphering the Mechanisms of Developmental Disorders program. Biology Open, 8(8), p.bio042895. Available at:
  2. Grunstra, N.D.S. et al., 2019. Humans as inverted bats: A comparative approach to the obstetric conundrum. American Journal of Human Biology, 31(2), p.e23227. Available at:
  3. Gignac, P.M. et al., 2016. Diffusible iodine-based contrast-enhanced computed tomography (diceCT): an emerging tool for rapid, high-resolution, 3-D imaging of metazoan soft tissues. Journal of Anatomy, 228(6), pp.889–909. Available at:
  4. Herdina, A.N. et al., 2015. Testing hypotheses of bat baculum function with 3D models derived from microCT. Journal of Anatomy, 226(3), pp.229–235. Available at:
  5. Herdina, A.N. et al., 2015. Correlative 3D-imaging ofPipistrelluspenis micromorphology: Validating quantitative microCT images with undecalcified serial ground section histomorphology. Journal of Morphology, 276(6), pp.695–706. Available at: