Univ. Prof. Dr. Joseph STRAUSS

Head, Division for Microbial Genetics and Pathogen Interactions


Department of Applied Genetics Cell Biology, BOKU University 

BOKU Campus Tulln

Konrad Lorenz Strasse 24
A-3430 Tulln/Donau, Austria
Tel:   +43-1-47654-94120



Curriculum vitae

2015 - present: Scientific director of “BiMM-Bioactive Microbial Metabolites” Research Facility for High-Throughput Screening of microbial interactions
2014 – present: Head of Division “Microbial Genetics and Pathogen Interactions” at the Department of Applied Genetics and Cell Biology of the BOKU University at Campus Tulln
2011 - present: Head of “Fungal Genetics and Genomics Unit, a mutually funded cooperation  between  University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU University) and Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) established at the “Bioresources & Technologies Campus-Tulln” (near Vienna)
2011- present: Professor of Genetics and Functional Genomics at the BOKU University Vienna, undergraduate and graduate teaching
2006 – 2010: Group Leader “Fungal Genetics and Genomics” at the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT), Vienna
2002: Habilitation (venia docendi) for "Genetics" at the BOKU - University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna
2000 - 2005: BOKU - University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences Vienna, Center of Applied Genetics: START Award Research Group Leader of Microbial Genetics.
1996 -1999: University of Technology Vienna, Institute of Biochemical Technology and Microbiology: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow working on signal transduction to glucose repression in Aspergillus and Trichoderma
1995: Université Paris-Sud, Orsay, France: EMBO Fellowship for the development of an "in vivo footprinting" technique in apically growing organisms.
1994: University of Innsbruck, Austria, Institute of Medical Microbiology: "OTTO-LOEWI" Fellowship of the Austrian Research Fund (FWF)


1978 - 1983 Polythechnicum for Agriculture and Agronomy, Wieselburg, Austria          
1984 - 1989 University of Vienna; Studies of Microbiology and Genetics; MSc Graduation, November 1989
1990 –1993 Université  Paris-Sud, Institute de Genetique et Microbiologie, Orsay, France; PhD Thesis on Microbial Genetics. Graduation “Doctorát Européenne” December 1993


Austrian Academy of Science (OeAW) Member of the “Young Investigator Section” (Junge Kurie)
The Faculty-of-1000:  Elected Member of “Microbiology-Faculty” (http://f1000.com)
American Society for Microbiology (ASM)
Genetics Society of America (GSA)
Austrian Society for Molecular Life Sciences and Biotechnology (ÖGMBT)

Research interests and main topics

The Fungal Genetics and Genomics Unit (FGGU) is a jointly funded research group of BOKU University and Austrian Institute of Techology established in 2006. The group is led by Joseph Strauss and members work on molecular genetics and functional genomics of fungal model organisms (Aspergillus, Fusarium, Trichoderma) with emphasis on transcription factor function and chromatin regulation, signalling pathways in primary (the nitrogen assimilation system) and secondary metabolism (mycotoxin formation) as well as on chromatin biology of fungal-plant interactions.

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