MFPL PhD track

Signaling Mechanisms in Cellular Homeostasis

Throughout their lives, organisms maintain homeostasis in the face of changing conditions by interpreting environmental signals and translating them into appropriate biochemical and biological outputs. Crucial for all these processes is the correct operation of signaling pathways in cells and tissues, guaranteed by the formation of molecular complexes dynamically associated with the appropriate intracellular structures such as membranes, the cytoskeleton, or chromatin. Signaling mechanism change the expression pattern of a cell, and therefore its fate, by regulating the production and turnover of mRNA, proteins, and even organelles such as mitochondria. SMICH will study how signaling mechanisms impact homeostasis in cell-free, cell- based, and organismal systems, with a particular focus on the highly topical role of autophagy in different processes and studying autophagic mechanisms in depth.

SMICH faculty uses a wide spectrum of cutting-edge techniques and approaches which will translate into challenging, multidisciplinary projects offering excellent opportunities for the scientific development of PhD students.
SMICH aims to lower the threshold to multidisciplinary thinking, resulting in an enhanced professional profile with increased flexibility and creativity. This will be the added value of the program and represent its most valuable contribution to the students’ careers.

The track is reviewed and funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF as well as the Medical University of Vienna and the University of Vienna. For more information, please visit the homepage of the PhD track Signaling Mechanism in Cellular Homeostasis.


Application and Selection

We recruit through the MFPL PhD selection. For information on open positions, submission deadlines, selection process etc. please visit our webpage.

Participating Groups

Scientific Coordination


Manuela Baccarini
manuela.baccarini [AT] [DOT] at
Tel. +43-1-4277-54607


Cornelia OPPITZ

Cornelia Oppitz
cornelia.oppitz [AT] [DOT] at
Tel. +43-1-4277-74640