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.



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.


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
  • Telephone information
    • Monday to Friday: 8:00 AM–4:00 PM
    • 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.

Medical Director

Ivo Steinmetz 
T: +43 316 385 73700

Deputy Medical Director

Ass.-Prof. Priv.-Doz. Dr.med.
Karl Dichtl 
T: +43 316 385 73609

Specimen collection office

  • Monday to Friday: 8:00 AM–3:45 PM
  • On weekends and outside this timeframe our drop-off-box is available 24/7.
  • Directions