Ass. Prof. Dr. Gaia Novarino


Institute of Science and Technology
Life Sciences
Am Campus 1
A-3400 Klosterneuburg

Researcher's Profile
Research interests:

  • Molecular bases of epilepsy and autism
  • Development of novel models to screen candidate epilepsy-causing genetic mutations
  • Analysis of biological pathways underlying epileptic encephalopaties and autism

Career highlights:

  • 2016 – Present Vice Chair of FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence
  • Since 2014 Assistant Professor, Institute of Science and Technology Austria, Klosterneuburg, Austria
  • 2010 – 2013 Postdoc Fellow, Joseph Gleeson Lab, UCSD, California, USA
  • 2006 – 2010 Postdoc Fellow, Thomas Jentsch Lab, MDC, Berlin, Germany

Selected Grants and Awards:

  • DFG Research 2 year fellowship
  • CURE (Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy) young investigator travel award
  • 2016 Boehringer Ingelheim FENS Research Award 2016
  • 2015 - 2018 FWF, SFB-35_F3523, Research Grant
  • 2016 ERC Starting Grant
  • 2016 Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) Investigator Award
  • 2016 appointment as FENS KAVLI Scholar
  • Partner in the SFB35 – Transmembrane Transporters in Health and Disease

Ongoing MolTag Research projects as Supervisor:

Jasmin MORANDELL: Development of Human Cerebral Organoids in the Context of Epilepsy-Causing Mutations

Completed MolTag Research projects as Supervisor:

Dora TARLUNGEANU: Role of the LAT1 transporter in brain development and autism spectrum disorders, finished 02/2018

Completed MolTag Research projects as Co-Supervisor:
Eva GSCHAIDER-REICHHART: Red light controlled growth factor receptors in all optical drug screening, finished 11/2017