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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
julia.walochnik@muv.ac.at

Keywords

Acanthamoeba; Leishmania; Parasites; Parasitic Diseases; Protozoan Infections

Research interests

The research unit “Molecular Parasitology” is specialized on the study of the facultatively pathogenic amoebae, particularly acanthamoebae, 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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jac/dkp215.
  2. Leitsch, D. et al., 2010. Major Role for Cysteine Proteases during the Early Phase of Acanthamoeba castellanii Encystment. Eukaryotic Cell, 9(4), pp.611-618. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1128/EC.00300-09.
  3. Lorenzo-Morales, J., Khan, N.A. & Walochnik, J., 2015. An update onAcanthamoebakeratitis: diagnosis, pathogenesis and treatment. Parasite, 22, p.10. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/parasite/2015010.
  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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2018.01.058.
  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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s13071-016-1750-8.