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The PhD programme Molecular, Cellular and Clinical Allergology (MCCA) is run within the Danube Allergy Research Cluster (Danube ARC) in universities and research institutions in Lower Austria (Karl Landsteiner Private University Krems with the university hospitals in St. Pölten and Krems; and the AIT) and in Vienna (Medical University of Vienna, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna, Messerli Institute/VETMED Vienna).

The PhD study within the MCCA programme offers deep insights into cutting-edge clinical medicine while addressing relevant issues in molecular and cellular allergology. The compulsory training within the two complementary fields completes the training and ensures that a comprehensive view of the entire field of allergology is gained at the end.

Aim of the PhD-Programme

The aim of the PhD programme is to train and support highly qualified PhD students in the field of allergy research. Furthermore, the programme aims to strengthen the long-term perspectives of allergy research in Austria, but also internationally, and to develop innovative strategies for diagnosis, therapy and prevention of allergic diseases.
The scientific supervisors of the individual PhD projects were carefully selected to cover the field of allergology from disease-causing allergen molecules to allergen-specific immune responses in vitro and in vivo to clinical application. This ensures a training programme that covers the entire field of allergology. The activities within the PhD programme are intended to promote the sustained development of allergy research in Lower Austria and Vienna.

PhD-Programme with 16 research groups

The PhD programme is run by the heads of the 16 research groups, whose scientific work covers a wide range of interdisciplinary topics - in addition to most basic science aspects (i.e. molecular biology, protein chemistry, structural biology, cell biology, agrobiotechnological animal models), also medical aspects of dermatology, respiratory diseases and otorhinolaryngology, haematology, immunology, mycology, pathophysiology, laboratory medicine, specific prophylaxis and paediatric allergies including food allergies.
In addition to an intensive training programme, the PhD programme offers a personalised mentoring environment for individual students, based on intra- and extramural scientists and members of the International Scientific Advisory Board (ISAB), who provide support, guidance as well as further career planning.
Further infomration on the MCCA PhD-Programme


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