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YSA Team

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Michael Winklehner

President of the Young Scientist Association

PhD Program Neuroscience

Michael studied Medicine at the Medical University of Vienna and Heidelberg University graduating on the topic of post-stroke epilepsy and associated clinical predictors. During his studies he accomplished clinical electives abroad in Tübingen, Munich and Zurich.

His main research interest is in the field of Neuroimmunology, working in the group of Prof. Romana Höftberger at the Division of Neuropathology and Neurochemistry, Department of Neurology. His research projects focus on pathomechanisms of blood-brain barrier-related proteins, synaptic receptors and screening for novel autoantibodies in neurological diseases like autoimmune encephalitis, demyelinating CNS disorders and epilepsy.

To support the progress of young scientists and research his goal is to foster national and international collaborations and open-minded, vivid discussions between young and senior scientists.

If you are further intrested in his work contact him via E-mail or his profile on ResearchGate.


Johanna Rohrhofer

Associate of the Young Scientist Association

PhD Program Immunology

Johanna did her Bachelor's Degree in Biology and Master's Degree in Molecular Biology at the University of Vienna. In 2021, she joined the Immunology PhD-program and the YSA.

She joined the Gastrointestinal Immunology working group under the supervision of Eva Untersmayr-Elsenhuber at the Institute of Pathophysiology and Allergy Research. It is important to consider all layers of the gastrointestinal barrier (the microbiota, the mucosal epithelium and the immune system) as one compartment. Thus, her group aims to elucidate the crosstalk between these barrier-layers and to evaluate the impact of nutrition in health and disease. Currently, she deals with altered barrier functionality in diseases with fatigue-associated symptoms, such as known from the Long-COVID syndrome.

For more detailed information on the research topics of her working group contact her or visit the website of the Gastrointestinal Immunology working group.