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

With are proud and happy to congratulate two other MolTag alumnis to their achievements to earn the doctoral degree! On 23.02.2018 MolTag PhD Student David SIEBERT (Ernst group) defended his thesis at TU Vienna with distinction; a few days later, 27.02.2018, Dora TARLUNGEANU (Novarino group) successfully defended her PhD project at IST Austria. For more information on their projects please go to the page "Our Students".

MolTag wholeheartedly congratulates another MolTag Alumna: Eva Gschaider-Reichhart successfully defended her thesis: "Optical and Optogentic Control of Cell Proliferation and Survival" at IST on November 28th 2017! New in the program is Stephanie Kainrath who will take over the associated position in the group of Harald Janovjak. Welcome Stephanie!

MolTag-PI at IST, Gaia Novarino was awarded the title of Knight Grand Cross, Order of the Merit of the Italian Republic. At a ceremony in Vienna's Palazzo Metternich, the Italian Ambassador to Austria, Giorgio Marrapodi, conferred the honor to her for doing excellent research into autism and epilepsy. Read also a portrait of MolTag-PI at IST, Harald Janovjak, which appeared recently in "The Scientist": link


Our guest Professor Marcel VAN DER HEYDEN will give two interesting lectures in SS 2018: "Writing scientific publications in peer reviewed journals", April 9 and 11, and "Publication fraud and how to recognize and deal with it", June 5 and 7, both UZA 2, SE 2D 358. Registration is possible from now on!

For the next MolTag Guestlecture invited is Prof. Peter TONGE, Institute for Chemical Biology & Drug Discovery, Stony Brook University (New York). Title: "Improving the Prediction of In vivo Drug Activity". Thursday, 08.02., 17:00, HS 5 in UZA 2. Abstract and biosketch is in the Invitation attached (link)

Victor TSETLIN, Head of the Dept. of Molecular Basis of Neurosignaling; Shemyakin-Ovchinnikov Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry; Russian Academy of Sciences, will visit us on February 15th, and gives a guest lecture "Interactions of Cys-loop receptors with neurotoxic peptides, proteins and low molecular weight compounds"; 17:00, SE 2D 358 Invitation, abstract and biosketch here.