Diagnostik- & Forschungsinstitut für Hygiene, Mikrobiologie und Umweltmedizin

The main goal of molecular diagnosis of bacteria is quick and direct detection of infectious pathogens and their virulence or resistance properties using the most modern molecular methods such as real-time PCR and multiplex PCR.

The focus is on bacteria that are difficult to culture (Chlamydia sp., Bordetella sp., Mycoplasma sp., Mycobacterium sp., etc.) and especially virulent or resistant bacteria (e.g., Diarrheagenic E. coli, MRSA).

In addition, procedures such as sequencing and array technology are applied to identify, typify and detect resistance genes of cultivated bacteria. These methods can provide information on patient strains that are especially related to hospital hygiene issues.

If tuberculosis/mycobacteriosis is suspected, we offer microscopic, cultural and molecular biological methods for pathogen detection. Microscopic examination can very quickly identify highly infectious patients. Cultural detection of mycobacteria is still the diagnostic "gold standard". Molecular biological methods can be used to detect tuberculosis bacteria very quickly.

Area head

Eva Leitner-Meyer  
T: +43 316 385 73714