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Edwin Kniha
Dr. Edwin Kniha, MSc

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

ORCID: 0000-0002-6875-7056
T +43 1 40160 38244


Entomology; Molecular Biology; Parasitology; Phylogeny; Phylogeography; Zoonoses

Research group(s)

Research interests

My current research interests include the clarification of the current and prospective distribution of sand flies (Diptera: Psychodidae: Phlebotominae) in Austria and their relevance as vectors of the protozoan parasites Leishmania spp. (Kinetoplastida: Trypanosomatidae), the causative agents of leishmaniasis. Furthermore, I am interested in up-to-date topics and questions of medical entomology.

Techniques, methods & infrastructure

My expertise comprises morphological and molecular identification of medically relevant arthropods, light- and fluorescence microscopy. PCR and in-house Sanger sequencing.

Phylogenetic analysis including sophisticated handling of various softwares (ClustalX, GeneDoc, MEGAX, BEAST, DNAsp, Popart).


Selected publications

  1. Kniha, E. et al., 2019. Phlebovirus seroprevalence in Austrian Army personnel returning from missions abroad. Parasites & Vectors, 12(1). Available at:
  2. Kniha, E. et al., 2020. Leishmania spp. seropositivity in Austrian soldiers returning from the Kosovo. Wiener klinische Wochenschrift, 132(1-2), pp.47.
  3. Kniha, E. et al., 2020. Integrative Approach to Phlebotomus mascittii Grassi, 1908: First Record in Vienna with New Morphological and Molecular Insights. Pathogens, 9(12), p.1032. Available at:
  4. Kniha, E. et al., 2021. Phlebotomus (Adlerius) simici NITZULESCU, 1931: first record in Austria and phylogenetic relationship with other Adlerius species. Parasites & Vectors, 14(1). Available at:
  5. Kniha, E. et al., 2021. Ecology, seasonality and host preferences of Austrian Phlebotomus (Transphlebotomus) mascittii Grassi, 1908, populations. Parasites & Vectors, 14(1). Available at: