Head: Reingard Grabherr

  • Academic degree: Ao.Univ.Prof.Dipl.-Ing.Dr.
  • Date of birth: November 3rd, 1964
  • Place of birth: Vienna, Austria
  • Citizenship: Austria



Curriculum vitae for Reingard Grabherr

University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Department of Biotechnology
Muthgasse 18, A-1190 Vienna, Austria
Tel.: +43-1-47654-79006
Fax: +43-1-47654-79009

Born:                     November 3rd, 1964, Vienna, Austria

Citizenship:      Austrian



Graduation: Neusprachliches Gymnasium, Sacre Coeur, Pressbaum (1982)

Ms. of Foodscience and Biotechnology, University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna (1988)

Start PhD program, Institute of Applied Microbiology, University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria with Professor Hermann Katinger  (1989)

Visiting Scientist, Department of Plant Pathology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, NE, USA, with Professor James L. VanEtten, (1989-1991)

PhD, Agricultural University, Vienna, Austria (1992)

PostDoc at the, University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna, Institute of Applied Microbiology, with Professor Hermann Katinger (1992-1998).

Assistant Professor at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna
(February 1998)

Habilitation in Applied Virology,
A.o.Univ. Professor at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna; Institute of Applied Microbiology  (March 2002)


Austrian Programme for Advanced Research and Technology (APART) by the Austrian Academy of Sciences (May 1998)
Houska-Annerkennungspreis 2006 der BA-CA Privatstiftung für das Projekt „Neuartige Herstellung von Protein und DNA als Therapeutika“

Science2business Award 2007 with Boehringer Ingelheim

Science2business Award 2008 with Boehringer Ingelheim

Teaching Activities:   

Teaching a 12 days course in Kocaely, Turkey
„Phage Display Technology for the Development of Antigen Binding“,

Lecture: "Applied Virology" at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna
(since October 1998)
Biotechnology Seminars at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna
(since 1998)

Practical Course "Applied Microbiology" at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna
(since October 2003)

Lecture: „Cell Factory“ at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna
(since 2005)

Lecture „Systems Biology“ at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna
(since 2005)

Lecture “Gene technology” at ther Fachhochschule Wr. Neustadt, Tulln, Lehrgang Biotechnologie, (2006-2007)

Oral Presentations:   

„Developing and Optimizing a Eukaryotic Surface Display System Using the Baculovirus Insect Cell Expression System“
International conference „Transient Gene Expression in Animal Cells“,    
May, 1997, Jersey, UK
„Baculovirus Surface Display: Development, Optimization and Future Aspects“
Phage Club Meeting,
May 1999, La Grande-Motte, France

„Baculovirus Surface Display“: A New Tool for Generating Molecular Diversity
University of Nebraska, Lincoln,
October 1999, Nebraska, USA

„Baculovirus Surface Display“: Establishment and Applications
Institut für Molekularbiologie,
April 2000, Salzburg, Austria

„Baculovirus Surface Display“: Establishment and Applications                                               Dechema Biotechnologie 2000, Septemper 2000, Berlin, Germany

 "Advances and Applications in Baculovirus Surface Display Technology"                         Biotechnology Research Institute, Montreal, CA, June 2002, Montreal, Canada

„Baculovirus transduction of mammalian cells: improvements and applications“
3rd Conference on Protein Expression,  November 2004, Algarve, Portugal

„Novel Influenza Virus Like Particles in Insect Cells“: Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, July 2005, Nebraska, USA

„Alternative Approach to Antibiotic Plasmid Selection“
Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing Excellence: APIs Derived from Microorganisms
by the International Association for Pharmaceutical Technology, October 2006, Vienna, Austria

“Expression of Influenza Virus Like Particles Using the Baculovirus System”
Monolith Summer Symposium, June 2010, Porto Roz, Slovenia


Mitglied der Österreichischen Gesellschaft für Biotechnologie (ÖGBT) (1999-)

Vorstandsmitglied (Schriftführerin) der Österreichischen Gesellschaft für Genetik und Gentechnik (ÖGGGT) (2002-)

Vorstandsmitglied (Vizepräsidentin) der Österreichischen Gesellschaft für Protein Engineering (ÖGPE) (2002-)
Vorstandsmitglied (Präsidentin) der Österreichischen Gesellschaft für Systembiologie (ÖGSB) (2003-)

Boardmember of the Protein Expression International Society (PEIS) (2005-)
Internes Mitglied des Komitees für biologische Sicherheit am Institut für Angewandte Mikrobiologie, Univ. f. Bodenkultur, Wien (2000-)
Externes Mitglied des Komitees für biologische Sicherheit der Fa. Igeneon GmbH, (2000-2003) Wien

Externes Mitglied des Komitees für biologische Sicherheit der Fa. Apeiron, Wien (2004-)
Mitglied der Gentechnikkomission, Bundesministerium für Gesundheit, Österreich (2008-)
Beauftragte für biologische Sicherheit am Department für Biotechnologie der Universität für Bodenkultur, Wien (2009-)

Member of Organizing Commitees International Meetings:

5th Gene Delivery and Cellular Protein Conference
September 2001, Semmering, Austria

6th Protein Expression in Animal Cells Conference
September 2003, Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada
BIOTECHNOLOGY International Review Conference
Polish Academy of Sciences, Scientific Centre in Vienna,
November 2004, Vienna, Austria

7th Protein Expression in Animal Cells Conference
September 2005, Crete, Greece
Gemeinsame Jahrestagung der ÖGBT, ÖGGGT, ÖGBM, ANGT,
September, 2005, Vienna, Austria

8th Protein Expression in Animal Cells Conference
September 2007, Angra dos Reis, Brasil

9th Protein Expression in Animal Cells Conference
September 2009, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA
10th Protein Expression in Animal Cells Conference
September 2011, Lisboa, Portugal


Activation of the factor VIII promoter in a human cell line.
February 1995-July 1997
Project leader: DI Dr. Reingard Grabherr
DI Dr. Renate Kunert

FWF-Project P10273-MOB
Expression of proteins on the baculovirus surface for screening and generation of ligands in insect cells.
Project leader: Univ. Ass. Doz. DI Dr. Otto Doblhoff-Dier
Co-applicant: DI Dr. Reingard Grabherr
 C-worker: Dipl. Ing. Dr. Wolfgang Ernst

FWF-Projekt P11523-MOB
Expression of proteins on the  surface of baculoviruses: etablishment, optimization, application.
Project leader: DI Dr. Reingard Grabherr
Co-applicant: Univ. Ass. Doz. Dipl. Ing. Dr. Otto Doblhoff-Dier
Co-worker: DI Dr. Wolfgang Ernst

FWF-Projekt P12760-MOB
Baculovirus Surface Display: Establishment, Optimisation and Application.
Project leader: DI Dr. Reingard Grabherr
Co-worker: DI Dr. Wolfgang Ernst

Baculovirus Surface Display-Development and Applications
Partner 1 (Koordinator): Prof. Dr. Christian Oker-Blom
University of Helsinki, Department of Biotechnology, Helsinki, Finland
Partner 2: Prof. Dr. Ian Jones
NERC Institute of Virology, Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3SR, UK
Partner 3: DI Dr. Reingard Grabherr
Institute of Applied Microbiology, Agricultural University, Vienna

Project withGlaxo-Smith-Kline (Dr. Tom Kost)
Comparison of different mammalian promoters for expression in mammalian cells using baculovirus as transfer vehicle
Project leader: a.o. Univ. Prof. DI Dr. Reingard Grabherr
Co-worker: DI Dr. Alexandra Spenger

FWF-Project P15759
 Rescuing of Influenza B Viruses Using Novel Baculovirus Gene Delivery Tools
 Project leader: a.o. Univ. Prof. DI Dr. Reingard Grabherr
Co-worker: DI Dr. Lars Töllner

Project with IGENEON (DI Dr. Gottfried Himmler)
Production of EpCam and EpCam-fragments in insect cells
Project leader: a.o. Univ. Prof. DI Dr. Reingard Grabherr
Co-worker: Ing. Stefan Gross

WWTF-Project with Boehringer-Ingelheim Austria (D. I. Hans Huber)
Design of novel, optimized plasmids for gentherapeutic applications
Project leader: a.o. Univ. Prof. DI Dr. Reingard Grabherr
Co-worker: DI Irene Schotola
FFF-Project with Biomin (Dr. Gerd Schatzmayer)
Development of production strains for detoxification of Fumonisin and Zearalenon.
Project leader: a.o. Univ. Prof. DI Dr. Reingard Grabherr
Co-worker: DI Stefan Heinl

FFG-Project with Biomin (Dr. Dieter Moll)
Enzymatische Detoxifizierung von Mycotoxinen.
Project leader: a.o. Univ. Prof. DI Dr. Reingard Grabherr
Co-worker: DI Dr. Stefan Heinl

FWF-Project P17361-B13
Novel Method for the Fast and Efficient Generation of Influenza Live Attenuated Vaccine: Co-Infection of Especially Designed Virus Like Particles.
1.3. 2005-31.1.2009
Project leader: a.o. Univ. Prof. DI Dr. Reingard Grabherr
Co-workers: DI Theresa Schinko, DI Sabine Nakowitsch, DI Florian Krammer

FFG-Project with Boehringer-Ingelheim Austria (DI Dr. Hans Huber)
Antibiotikafreie Plasmidselektion
Project leader: a.o. Univ. Prof. DI Dr. Reingard Grabherr
Co-worker: DI Jürgen Mairhofer

Project with Lactosan GmbH (DI Dr. Hans Lettner)
Effektive Degradation of Oligo- and Polysaccharides by Development of Genetically Engineered Lactobacillus.
Project leader: a.o. Univ. Prof. DI Dr. Reingard Grabherr
Co-worker: DI Dr. Stefan Heinl

FFG-Project with OnePharm (DI Dr. Oliver Szolar)
Development of an Online Monitoring System for Transcriptional Regulation in Animal Cells Using a Baculovirusvector.
Project leader: a.o. Univ. Prof. DI Dr. Reingard Grabherr
Co-worker: DI Theresa Schinko

FFG-Project with f-star (DI Dr. Gottfried Himmler)
Surface Display Libraries in Insect Cells and Mammalian Cells
1.11.2007- 30.6.2009
Project leader: a.o. Univ. Prof. DI Dr. Reingard Grabherr
Co-worker: DI Dieter Palmberger

Christian Doppler Laboratory for Genetically Engineered Lactic Acid Bacteria
Nov. 2008- Okt. 1015
Project leader: a.o. Univ. Prof. DI Dr. Reingard Grabherr

Project with SAVIRA (DI Dr. Oliver Szolar)
Development of an Activity Assay for Influenza Polymerases
Project leader: a.o. Univ. Prof. DI Dr. Reingard Grabherr
Co-worker: DI Dr. Florian Krammer

  • List of Publications:

    1.    Shields S., Burbank D., Grabherr R., VanEtten J. L. (1990) Virology 176, 16-27, Cloning and Sequencing the Cytosine Methyltransferase Gene M.CviJI from Chlorella Virus Il-3A.

    2.    Nelson M., VanEtten J. L., Grabherr R. (1992) Nucleic Acids Research 20, 1345-1348, DNA Sequencing of Four Bases Using Three Lanes.

    3.    Grabherr R., Strasser P., VanEtten J. L. (1992) Virology 188, 721-731, The DNA Polymerase Gene from Chlorella Viruses PBCV-1 and NY-2A Contains an Intron with Nuclear Splicing Sequences.

    4.    Nelson M., Zhang Y., Steffens D. L., Grabherr R., VanEtten J. L. (1993) Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 90, 1647-1651 Sequencing Two DNA Templates in Five Channels by Digital Compression.

    5.    Ernst W., Grabherr R., Katinger H. (1994) Nucleic Acids Research 22, 2855-2856, Direct Cloning into the Autographa californica Nuclear Polyhedrosis Virus Genome for the Generation of Recombinant Baculovirus.

    6.    Engelhardt O., Grabherr R., Himmler G., Rüker F. (1994) Biotechniques 17, 44-46, Two-step Cloning of Antibody Variable Domains in a Phage Display Vector.

    7.    Zhang Y., Strasser P., Grabherr R.,, VanEtten J. L. (1994) Virology 202, 1079-1082, Hairpin Loop Structure at the Termini of the Chlorella Virus PBCV-1 Genome.

    8.    Knezevic M., Vorauer-Uhl K., Hohenwarter O., Steindl F., Grabherr R., Raspor P. (1996) E. J. Physiol. 431, 227-228, Human Interleukin-2 (IL-2) Expressed by Transfected Mammalian Cells.

    9.    Grabherr R., Ernst W., Dobblhof-Dier O., Sara, M., Katinger H. (1997) Bio/Techniques 22: 730-735. Expression of Foreign Proteins on the Surface of Autographa californica Nuclear Polyhedrosis Virus.

    10.    Sowkas, S., Grabherr, R., Rüker, F., Plückthun, A., Scheiner, O., Breiteneder, H. (1997) J. Allergy and Clinical Immunology 99: 2020. Chaperone-Assisted Expression of Allergen Peptide-Specific T-Cell Receptors.

    11.    Ernst, W., Grabherr, R., Wegner, D., Grassauer, A., Katinger, H. W. D. (1998) Nucleic Acids Research 26: 1718-1723. Baculovirus Surface Display: Construction and Screening of a Eukaryotic Epitope Library.

    12.    Ernst, W., Spenger, A., Toellner, L., Katinger H. and Grabherr R. (2000) Eur. J. Biochem. 167, 4033-4039. Expanding Baculovirus Surface Display: Modification of the Native Coat Protein gp64 of Autographa Californica NPV.

    13.    Grillari, J., Fortschegger, K., Grabherr, R., Hohenwarter O., Katinger H. (2000) Analysis of Alterations in Gene Expression after Amplification of Recombinant Genes in CHO Cells. J. Biotechnol. 87, 59-65.

    14.    Grillari, J., Hohenwarter O., Grabherr, R., Katinger H. (2000) Subtractive Hybridization of mRNAs from Early and Senescent Endothelial Cells. Exp. Gerontology. 35. 187-197.

    15.    Grillari, J., Hohenwarter, O., Grabherr, R. M., Katinger, H. (2001) Curr. Conc. Exp. Gerontology, Eds.: C. Bertoni-Freddari/H. Niedermüller, Facultas Wien. pp 111-123.  Isolation of differentially expressed genes in early passage and senescent human endothelial cells.

    16.    Grabherr, R. and Ernst, W. (2001) Combinatorial Chemistry & High Throughput Screening 4, 190. The Baculovirus Expression System as a Tool for Generating Diversity by Viral Surface Display.

    17.    Grabherr, R., Ernst, W., Oker-Blom, C., Jones I. (2001) TRENDS Biotechnol. 19, 231-236. Developments in the use of baculoviruses for the surface display of complex eukaryotic proteins.

    18.    Striedner, G., Cserjan-Puschmann, M., Grabherr, R., Clementschitsch, Nilsson, E., Bayer, K. (2001) Metabolic approaches to the optimisation of recombinant fermentation processes. Kluwer academic publishers, Recombinant protein production with prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. A comparative view on host physiology. Editors: O. W. Merten, D. Mattanovich, C. Lang, G. Larsson, P. Neubauer, D. Posso, P. Postma, J. Teixeira deMattos, J. Cole.

    19.    Grabherr, R. and Bayer K. (2001) Food Technology and Biotechnology 39, 265-269 Vector Design Related to Bio-Processing

    20.    Grabherr, R., Nilsson, E., Striedner, G.,Bayer, K. (2002) Biotechnol. Bioeng. 77, 142-147. Stabilising plasmid copy number to improve recombinant protein production.

    21.    Grabherr, R. and Bayer K. (2002) TRENDS Biotechnol. 20, 257-260. Impact of targeted vector design on bacterial plasmid replication.

    22.    Cserjan-Puschmann, M., Grabherr, R., Striedner, G., Clementschitsch, F., Bayer K. (2002) BioPharm 15, 26-34. Integrated systems approach for the optimization of microbial recombinant fermentation processes.

    23.    Marzban, G., Grillari, J., Reisinger, E., Hemetsberger, T., Grabherr, R. and Katinger, H. (2002) Exp. Gerontology 37, 1451-1460. Age-related alterations in the protein expression profile of C57BL/6J mouse pituitaries using proteomic tools.

    24.    Spenger, A., Grabherr, R., Töllner, L., Katinger, H., Ernst, W. (2002) Eur. J. Biochem. 269, 4458-4467. Altering the surface properties of baculovirus Autographa californica NPV by insertional mutagenesis of the envelope protein gp64.

    25.    Grabherr, R. and Ernst, W. (2002) Recent Res. Devel. Biochem. 3, 445-457. Baculovirus major envelope protein gp64 and its application in eukaryotic surface display strategies.

    26.    Poomputsa, K., Egorov, A., Kittel, C., Ernst, W., Katinger, H., Grabherr R. (2003). J. Vir. Methods 110, 111-114. Generation of recombinant influenza virus using baculovirus as a delivery vector.

    27.    Oker-Blom, C., Airenne, K. J., Grabherr, R. (2003) Briefings in Funct. Genomics and Proteomics 2, p. 244-53.  Baculovirus surface display strategies: emerging tools for eukaryotic libraries and gene delivery

    28.    Ojala, K., Koski, J, Ernst, W., Grabherr, R., Jones, I., Oker-Blom, C.(2004). Improved Display of Synthetic IgG-Binding Domains on the Baculovirus Surface. Technology in Cancer Research & Treatment, 3, 77-84

    29.    Spenger, A., Ernst, W., Condreay, P., Kost, T., Grabherr, R. (2004). Influence of promoter choice and trichostatin A treatment on expression of baculovirus delivered genes in mammalian cells. Protein Expression and Purification 38, 17-23

    30.    Fischlechner, M., Toellner, L., Messner, P., Grabherr, R., Donath, E. (2006) Virus-engineered colloidal particles-a surface display system. Angew. Chemie Int. Ed. 45, 784-789

    31.    Toellner, L., Fischlechner, M., Ferko, B., Grabherr, R., Donath, E. (2006) Virus-coated LbL-colloids as a novel multiplex suspension array for the detection and quantification of virus-specific antibodies. Clinical Chemistry, 52 ,1575-1583.

    32.    Matilainen, H., Riikonen, R., Saloniemi, T., Korhonen, E., Lehtinen, T., Hyypiä, T., Heino, J., Grabherr, R., Oker-Blom, C. (2006). Presentation of RGD Motifs on the Surface of Baculovirus Enhances Viral Binding to Human Lung Carcinoma Cells. J. Biotechnology 125, 114-126 .

    33.    Pfaffenzeller, I., Mairhofer, J., Striedner, G., Bayer, K. and Grabherr, R. (2006). Using ColE1 derived RNA I for suppression of a bacterial encoded gene: Implication for a novel plasmid addiction system. Biotechnology Journal 1, 675-681.

    34.    Ernst, W., Schinko, T., Spenger, A., Oker-Blom, C., Grabherr, R. (2006) Improving baculovirus transduction of mammalian cells by surface display of a RGD-motif. J. Biotechnology, doi: 1016/j.jbiotec.2006.04.012

    35.    Mäkelä, A., Ernst, W., Grabherr, R., Oker-Blom, C. (2006) Baculovirus-based display and gene delivery systems. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, Gene Transfer: Delivery and Expression of DNA and RNA. Chapter 28.

    36.    Nakowitsch, S., Kittel, C., Ernst, W., Egorov, A., Grabherr, R. (2006) Optimization of baculovirus transduction on FreeStyleTM293 cells for the generation of influenza B/Lee/40. Molecular Biotechnology 34.

    37.    Schinko, T., Thaisuchat, H., Viljoen, H., Padhye, N., Grabherr R. (2006) Fast and efficient generation of influenza A virus like particles from synthetic genes. Microbial Cell Factories 2006, 5 (Suppl 1): P39doi: 10.1186/1475-2859-5-S1-P39

    38.    Mairhofer, J., Pfaffenzeller, I., Merz, D., Grabherr, R. (2008) A novel antibiotic free plasmid selection system: advances in safe and efficient DNA therapy. Biotechnology Journal 3, 83-89.

    39.    Mairhofer, J. and Grabherr, R. (2008) Rational vector design for efficient non-viral Gene Delivery: Challenges facing the use of plasmid DNA.  Molecular Biotechnology  39, 97-104

    40.    Heinl, S., Hartinger, D., Thamhesl, M., Kunz-Vekiru, E., Krska, R., Schatzmayer, G., Moll, W.-D., Grabherr, R. (2010) Degradation of fumonisin B1 by the consecutive action of two bacterial enzymes  Journal of Biotechnology 145, 120-129.

    41.    Krammer, F., Nakowitsch, S., Messner, P., Palmberger, D., Ferko, B., Grabherr. R. (2010) Swine-origin pandemic H1N1 influenza virus-like particles produced in insect cells induce hemagglutination inhibiting antibodies in BALB/c mice.  Biotechnology Journal 5, 17-23.

    42.    Mairhofer J, Cserjan-Puschmann M, Noebauer K, Razzazi-Fazeli E, Striedner G, Grabherr R. (2010) Marker free plasmids for gene therapeutic applications   lack of antibiotic resistance gene substantially improves the manufacturing process. Journal of Biotechnology

    43.    Krammer, F., Palmberger, D., Tauer, C., Messner, P., Grabherr, R. (2010) Trichoplusia ni cells (high-five) are highly efficient for the production of Influenza A virus-like particles; a comparison of two insect cell lines as production platforms for influenza vaccines. Molecular Biotechnology

    44.    Striedner, G., Pfaffenzeller, I., Luchner, M., Nemecek, S., Grabherr, R., Bayer Karl. (2010): Plasmid-free T7-based Escherichia coli expression systems. Biotechnol Bioeng. 105, 786-794.

    45.    Heinl, S., Hartinger, D., Moll, W.-D. and Grabherr, R. (2010) Nucleotide sequence of a fumonisin B1 deaminating aminotransferase from the bacterium ATCC 55552. submitted for publication

    46.    Krammer, F., Schinko, T., Messner, P., Palmberger, D., Ferko, B. and Grabherr, R. (2010) Presenting an ESAT-6 epitope: Influenza virus-like particles as antigen-carrier platform. submitted for publication. J VAC