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Michiel Wijnveld
Ing. Michiel Wijnveld, PhDHead of the Research Group on Ticks and Tick-Borne Microorganisms

Center for Pathophysiology, Infectiology and Immunology (Institute for Hygiene and Applied Immunology)
Position: Research Associate (Postdoc)

ORCID: 0000-0003-4559-5960
T +43 1 40160 33094

Further Information


Anaplasma; Babesia; Borrelia; Ehrlichia; Ixodidae; Rickettsia; Theileria; Tick-Borne Diseases; Ticks

Research interests

My research focusses on ticks and tick associated microorganisms. Of particular interest are the pathogen, host and vector interactions. Can we find new ways to diagnose tick-borne diseases in an early stage? How can we prevent or reduce the chance of getting infected? 

Techniques, methods & infrastructure

  • Cultivation of tick associated microorganisms from either patient material or ticks collected in the field.
  • Artificial feeding of ticks using silicone membranes. 
  • Molecular investigation of ticks and tick-borne microbes.


Selected publications

  1. Wijnveld, M. et al. (2021) ‘Novel Protozoans in Austria Revealed through the Use of Dogs as Sentinels for Ticks and Tick-Borne Pathogens’, Microorganisms, 9(7), p. 1392. Available at:
  2. Olivieri, E. et al., 2018. Transmission of Rickettsia raoultii and Rickettsia massiliae DNA by Dermacentor reticulatus and Rhipicephalus sanguineus (s.l.) ticks during artificial feeding. Parasites & Vectors, 11(1). Available at:
  3. Wijnveld, M. et al. (2016) ‘Novel Rickettsia raoultii strain isolated and propagated from Austrian Dermacentor reticulatus ticks’, Parasites & Vectors, 9(1). Available at:
  4. Schötta, A.-M. et al. (2022) ‘Bacteria and protozoa with pathogenic potential in Ixodes ricinus ticks in Viennese recreational areas’, Wiener klinische Wochenschrift [Preprint]. Available at:
  5. Markowicz, M. et al., 2020. Lyme Borreliosis with Scalp Eschar Mimicking Rickettsial Infection, Austria. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 26(9), pp.2193–2195. Available at: