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Head of Research Group

Assistant Prof. Mag. Dr.rer.nat. Andreas Farnleitner, MSc.Tox.

Research Group: Environmental microbiology and molecular diagnostics

Head: Assistant Prof. Mag. Dr.rer.nat. Andreas Farnleitner, MSc.Tox.

The research group investigates microorganisms in natural and technological systems. The focus is on the exploration of the basic principles for a better understanding of microbiological water quality and the development/evaluation and application of relevant diagnostic procedures. The application-oriented aspect is taken into account at all times.


The group is currently working on the following subjects:

• Diagnostics/microbiology of microbial indicators and biomarkers

• Microbial ecology of water resources

• Analysis/management of microbiological contamination

• Analysis/management of the microbiological quality of (drinking) water resources

• Management of interdisciplinary projects in the field of water & health


The group is especially interested in the application and further development of molecular biological methods.


Prof. Farnleitner holds a Joint Professorship at the TU Wien and the Karl Landsteiner University of Health Sciences in Krems


The Research Group is an integral part of the Interuniversity Cooperation Center Water and Health ( between the TU Wien, the Medical University Vienna and the Karl Landsteiner University of Health Sciences.


The Research Group also runs the Working Group for Molecular Diagnostics at the Department IFA Tulln at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna 


Microbial Community Dynamics in Alpine Karst Aquifers

Elucidating faecal microbiota for source tracking

Elucidating the faecal microbiota of mammalian and avian hosts as a foundation for microbial source tracking

Quantitative Microbial Source Tracking (QMST)

Vienna Programme on Water Resource Systems; Doctoral Programme W1219 (DKplus FWF)

Groundwater Resource Systems Vienna