Diagnostik- & Forschungsinstitut für Hygiene, Mikrobiologie und Umweltmedizin

We conduct comprehensive microbiological lab diagnostics for infections caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites using modern lab methods.

We also advise treating physicians in diagnostics and therapy. As a university institute, we aim to achieve the best possible standard through continuous scientific evaluation of applied methods.


Medical Director

Ivo Steinmetz 
T: +43 316 385 73700

Deputy Medical Director

Karl Dichtl 
T: +43 316 385 73609

Head biomedical analyst

Molecular pathogen diagnostics, infectious serology, medical chemistry
Michael Bozic 
T: +43 316 385 73746

Head biomedical analyst

Bacteriology, mycology, parasitology
Simone Friedl 
T: +43 316 385 73730

Specimen collection office

  • Monday to Friday: 8:00 AM–3:45 PM
  • Saturday: 8:00 AM–1:00 PM
  • Sunday: 8:00 AM–11:00 AM

Specimen Collection Coordinator

Univ. FA Dr. Karl Dichtl/Dietlinde Nagelschmied  
T: +43 316 385 73750
F: +43 316 385 79635

Contact for orders related to specimen collection systems

F: +43 316 385 79635


Order form digital

Information on results for physicians

Dear colleagues,

Thank you for understanding that due to data protection legislation (§ 54 ÄrzteG), we may not provide your patients with information on results by telephone. In the event of your absence, they should contact the physician(s) representing you for information on reports and discussion of results. To guarantee quick information on results for your practice over the telephone, it is helpful to include the telephone number of the practice on the referral form.

Our specialists are available to discuss results with colleagues - contact: +43 316 385 73701.

Information on results for patients

Your personal medical results are subject to strict data protection. Please understand that we:

  • may not email results
  • may only hand over results upon presentation of a photo ID
  • may not hand over results to family members
  • cannot provide information about results by telephone

How do I get my results?

There are several ways that you can access your results.

  • Sending results to referring physicians: If your treating physician sends us a specimen, the results are always sent to this referring physician. Normally the results are transferred electronically over a special secure data connection to your treating physician. Under the current COVID-19 measures, it is PERMITTED to send SARS-CoV-2 results by email as well.
  • Picking up results : If you wish, you may pick up all your results at our specimen collection office. For reasons of data protection (see above), the results are only handed over upon presentation of a valid photo ID.


Under the current COVID-19 measures, it is PERMITTED to send SARS-CoV-2 results by email as well.

  • Specimen collection times:
    • Monday to Friday: 8:00 AM–3:45 PM
    • Saturday: 8:00 AM–10:45 PM
  • Telephone information
    • Monday to Friday: 8:00 AM–4:00 PM
    • Saturday: 10:00 AM–12:00 AM
    • Telephone number: +43 316 385 73701

Antibodies: The diagnostic benefit of COVID-19 antibody tests—outside of epidemiological studies—is the subject of ongoing investigations. At this point in time, antibody tests should be used neither to confirm nor to rule out acute infection through SARS-SoV-2. A reliable statement on whether a person has recovered from infection (immunity) is not yet possible. As soon as new data is available, SARS-CoV-2 serology will be reevaluated.


Quality management

Patient diagnostics at the Diagnostic and Research Institute for Hygiene, Microbiology and Environmental Medicine are conducted following a process-oriented quality management system in line with the ISO 9001 standard and are certified by TÜV SÜD. In addition to the ISO 9001 requirements, the quality management system also takes into account technical, professional and quality assurance requirements for medical diagnostic laboratories with the goal of constantly improving the level of quality.

Quality manager

Eva Leitner-Meyer 
T: +43 316 385 73714

Deputy quality manager

Michael Andrée 
T: +43 316 385 73806