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Julia Walochnik
Julia Walochnik

Center for Pathophysiology, Infectiology and Immunology (Institute of Specific Prophylaxis and Tropical Medicine)
Position: Associate Professor

ORCID: 0000-0003-0356-2853
T +43 1 40160 38240


Acanthamoeba; Leishmania; Parasites; Parasitic Diseases; Protozoan Infections

Research group(s)

Research interests

The research unit “Molecular Parasitology” is specialized on the study of protistan parasites, particularly on acanthamoebae and other facultatively pathogenic amoebae and their relevance as human pathogens and as vectors for bacteria.

Selected publications

  1. Walochnik, J. et al., 2009. Anti-Acanthamoeba efficacy and toxicity of miltefosine in an organotypic skin equivalent. Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, 64(3), pp.539-545. Available at:
  2. Köhsler, M. et al., 2020. Validation of reference genes for the normalization of RT-qPCR gene expression in Acanthamoeba spp. Scientific Reports, 10(1). Available at:
  3. Lorenzo-Morales, J., Khan, N.A. & Walochnik, J., 2015. An update onAcanthamoebakeratitis: diagnosis, pathogenesis and treatment. Parasite, 22, p.10. Available at:
  4. Dietersdorfer, E. et al., 2018. Starved viable but non-culturable (VBNC) Legionella strains can infect and replicate in amoebae and human macrophages. Water Research, 141, pp.428-438. Available at:
  5. Obwaller, A.G. et al., 2016. Could Phlebotomus mascittii play a role as a natural vector for Leishmania infantum? New data. Parasites & Vectors, 9(1). Available at: