University of Vienna, UZA2
Vienna University of Technology
Medical University of Vienna
Institute of Science and Technology
MolTag 2
MolTag 2

Ion channels and transporters as drug targets

"Ion channels and transporters as molecular drug targets" (MolTag) is a PhD/doctoral program in pharmaceutical sciences established at the University of Vienna, the Medical University of Vienna, the Vienna University of Technology and the recently added Institute of Science and Technology Austria at Klosterneuburg. The graduate program is financed by a research grant of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). MolTag offers a broad three-year PhD education in pharmaceutical sciences including specialized field courses such as molecular pharmacology, pharmacoinformatics, structure-function analysis of target molecules, biophysics, imaging and advanced synthetic chemistry. Applicants at MolTag have completed a diploma study in medicine or a high quality master program in natural sciences, such as pharmacy, biology, molecular biology or chemistry. MolTag provides comprehensive training in relevant research areas of pharmaceutical research, with focus on drug discovery and drug development. MolTag will provide PhD students with contacts to national and international research labs, including the pharmaceutical industry. We aim to create an atmosphere of collaborative and interdisciplinary research.

Latest News

On Nov 21st the MolTag students had the pleasure to listen to David Beech, U Leeds, who gave an extra lecture where he shared his experience about what makes a successful scientific paper. The course comprised also hints and tips for writing abstracts and defining accurate titles, as well as advice about journal rules and the peer review process. During the preceding Journal Club, one of the MolTag students presented an educational talk about "How to rock a poster presentation". Stefanie Kickinger provided precious information for everyone who wants to get the most out of a poster. Both presentation files are available in the MolTag Basecamp.

The MOLTAG RETREAT 2016 was held on 27./28.09. in Lower Austria. Click here for our report about two inspiring and eventful days.

ERC Starting Grant for Gaia Novarino! After Nuno Maulide in January 2016, Gaia Novarino is the second MolTag Faculty Member who receives this prestigious award! The ERC Starting Grants scheme targets promising scientists who have the proven potential of becoming independent research leaders in their respective fields. Read more.


Guest Lecture by Olaf PONGS: "Structural and functional aspects of ion channel gating" takes place on Dec 1st, 05:00 pm, at UZA 2, Lecture Hall 6; Invitation and abstract is available here.

Guest Lecture by David J. BEECH: "The magic and potential of Calcium and Sodium Ion Signalling" takes place on Nov. 21st, 05:00 pm, at UZA 2, room 2D 358; Invitation and abstract is available here.

After the successful event in 2013, Moltag2 proudly presents the MOLTAG SCIENCE DAY 2016! Five highly impressive international investigators give plenary lectures and the students present their ongoing projects in two poster sessions. Don’t miss this unique occasion! Read more.