The focus of our research is on the early life exposome and associated disease risk. Dysfunction of the placenta has both direct and longer-term health effects.
We combine human biomonitoring studies in mother-newborn pairs with in vitro toxicology. 
This allows us to study placental physiology and function in the context of prenatal exposure to xenobiotics such as the ‘forever’ chemicals PFAS. 
In this way, we are exploring mechanisms underlying adverse birth outcomes. Another interest is the study of placental iron metabolism in order to develop improved therapy for preterm infants with low iron levels.

Team members

Claudia Gundacker

Group Leader
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+43(1)40160-56503 

Curriculum Vitae

Sebastian Granitzer

PostDoc
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+43(1)40160-56553
Projects:

  • Iron metabolism of the human placenta – the key to understand iron transfer from the mother to the fetus
  • Mercury toxicokinetics in the human placenta: making the bridge between genotype and phenotype in healthy and diseased placentas 



Raimund Widhalm

PostDoc
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+43(1)40160-56553

Project: 

  • Iron metabolism of the human placenta – the key to understand iron transfer from the mother to the fetus
  • Health risk of emerging concern: PFAS in the urban water cycle

Simon Atteneder

Diploma studend
Project:

  • Iron metabolism of the human placenta – the key to understand iron transfer from the mother to the fetus

Claudia Seeber 

Technical Assistant
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+43 (0)1 40160-56553

Former PhD Students

Martin Forsthuber, Raimund Widhalm, Andreas M Kaiser, Sebastian Granitzer, Elisabeth Straka

Former  Undergraduate Students

Master/Bachelor students: Teresa Mayerl, Benjamin Natha, Robert Bajtela, Rumsha Khan, Rosie Cabuk, Veronika Plichta, Jasmin Schatz, Christina Balthasar,  Lukas Damjanovic, Theresa Kaudela, Tamara Szattler, Sonja Bleichert, Elisabeth Lahner, Iris Bachtrog, Judit Repas, Judith Pickem

Diploma students: Eva Steinacher, Isabella Teufl, Theresa Reischer, Jost Kemper, Martin Reiter, Bettina Alber, Rene Shammas, Susanne Prinz, Lizzy Weber, Marija Simic

Diploma students: Eva Steinacher, Isabella Teufl, Theresa Reischer, Jost Kemper, Martin Reiter, Bettina Alber, Rene Shammas, Susanne Prinz, Lizzy Weber, Marija Simic

Former  Technician

Tanja Paulmichl, Julia Zolles, Marie-Christine Giuffrida, Matthias Scheinast, Lukas Damjanovic