Biochemistry (1963-1999)

The Institute of Biochemistry was placed from 1963-1999 at Schubertstrasse 1/Halbärthgasse 5; in 1998 a part of the institute moved to Heinrichstrasse 31a
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Photos of the institute building: Halbärthgasse (old chemistry institute) and Schubertstrasse (new block) ... and of Heinrichstrasse 31a (former children's hospital)

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1963-1987

Biochemistry started at the university of Graz with an extraordinary professor at 1963. The first head of biochemistry was the physicochemist Erwin SCHAUENSTEIN ( venia). In 1967 the institute of biochemistry was founded, again with Schauenstein as head of the institute. His later research was directed to the autoxidation of unsaturated fatty acids to hydroxy-transalkenals.

With the new university organization (UOG75) the institute was splitted in divisions: the analytical biochemistry (head: Hermann Esterbauer), metabolism (head: Helmward Zollner), microspectrometry (head: Erwin Schauenstein).

In this era, the following chemists got the venia legendi:

Hermann ESTERBAUER (born 1936 in Ach/Upper Austria, +1997 in Graz), later head of this institute, got his doctoral degree in 1963 as student of Schauenstein. In 1970 he obtained the venia for biochemistry.

Helmward ZOLLNER (born 1940 in Klagenfurt) got his doctoral degree in 1969 at the university of Tübingen as student of Weitzel. In 1976 he obtained the venia for biochemistry. His research dealt with urea biosynthesis and tryptophan metabolism. Later he was temporary head of the institute.

Rudolf J. SCHAUR (born 1940 in Mexico-City) got his doctoral degree in 1967 as student of Junek. In 1980 he obtained the venia for biochemistry. His research dealt with tumor host reactions.

Gerhard NÖHAMMER (born 1943 in Linz/Donau) got his doctoral degree in 1971 as student of Thomas Kappe. In 1984 he obtained the venia for biochemistry. His research dealt with cancer diagnostics.

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Erwin Schauenstein
1988-1997

In this era Hermann ESTERBAUER ( venia), was head of the institute of biochemistry. His research dealt with lipid peroxidation and conversion of lignin cellulose. Under Esterbauer´s giudance, the institute of biochemistry got one of the first Austrian special research grants (SFB) for research on biomembranes.

In this era the following chemists got their venia legendi:

Hansjörg LEIS (born in Tyrol) got his venia in 1995 for biochemistry. His research is directed to MS supported investigations of biological samples.

Wolfgang STROHMAIER got his venia in 1995 for biochemistry. His research deals with pulmonal surfactants and its analytic and experimental investigations .

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Hermann Esterbauer
obituary
Uni-Zeit 2015
1997-1998

After Esterbauer´s sudden death, Helmward ZOLLNER (venia) was temporary head of the institute.

1998-1999

In this era Rudolf ZECHNER (born 1954) was appointed as additional professor and elected as head of the institute. He obtained the venia for medicinal biochemistry at the institute of medicinal biochemistry of the university of Graz. His research is directed to the investigations of biomembranes supported by the SFB (special research field), with Zechner as director of this SFB part.

In this era, however already prepared by Esterbauer's activities, the institute of biochemistry got an additional building at Heinrichstrasse 31a (the former hospital of children´s surgery) - the first step in the direction of the planned "biocenter".

With the new university organization (UOG93) the institute of biochemistry joined with the institute of microbiology to a new large institute.

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Rudolf Zechner