Life Science Facility

The Life Science Facility at IST Austria supports experimental biologists in their research work.
The main objectives of the facility are:

  • Provide a laboratory infrastructure for wet lab biological sciences (such as tissue culture facilities, cold storage devices and histology equipment) that enables the scientists to apply a broad spectrum of standard and advanced technologies in their work.
  • Provide best possible laboratory and surrounding conditions to allow the scientists to focus on their research work as much as possible.
  • Provide the necessary infrastructure that enables the scientists to ensure compliance of their work with the current Austrian legislation.
  • Provide the necessary means to enable safe working conditions within the laboratories.
  • Supply experimental resources (media, animals, plants, etc) at a consistently high level to allow the scientists to focus on their scientific questions as much as possible.

For specific further facility details, please visit the Life Science Facility web page:

On this site:


  • Laboratory Equipment Infrastructure
    Infrastructure equipment is research equipment that is shared by two or more groups on campus. The equipment is purchased and maintained by LSF funds, but operated by users.
  • Technical Support
    Inspection of non-functional equipment and coordination of repair, supply with technical gases (including dry ice and liquid nitrogen), support for off-campus technologies
  • Laboratory cleaning and waste disposal
    LSF staff cleans laboratory areas to avoid critical mistakes by not sufficiently trained external staff. The disposal of laboratory waste is also organized by the LSF.
  • Goods receipt and operation of in-house shop
    All external deliveries for the laboratories are centrally received and distributed by the LSF. The LSF also operates an in-house shop, allowing withdrawal of the most common laboratory consumables in a 24/7 fashion.
  • Lab safety
    All issues regarding laboratory safety, in particular biosafety, radiation safety, handling of hazardous chemicals, definition of safe working procedures etc. are covered by the LSF. The aim is to assist all labs in establishing safe working procedures that are fully compliant with Austrian law.   


Overview of Life Science Facility Equipment

Media and Cleaning Kitchen

Media Kitchen

The media kitchen provides services related to microbiology, cell culture and biochemistry. It produces custom culture media, plates and solutions to meet the individual needs of each user. In addition, commonly used reagents are kept in stock to be available 24/7. All media are checked on a regular basis for their sterility and shelf life to ensure reliable product quality.

Cleaning Kitchen

The cleaning kitchen collects dirty glass and plastic ware and redistributes clean and sterile material on a daily basis, five times per week. Custom sterilization of lab supplies, e.g. pipette tips, tubes by autoclaving or dry heat sterilization is offered. Biological waste is collected and autoclaved before disposal.  

Fish Facility

The Fish Facility is a zebrafish (Danio rerio) breeding facility with about 1’500 sweet water aquaria. The facility started its operations in fall 2010 and supports cell and developmental biologists on campus.


  • Fish care (e.g., feeding, health monitoring, welfare, etc)
  • Maintenance breeding of specific fish lines
  • Cleaning and maintenance of facility 
  • Stock keeping and ordering of consumables 

Plant Facility

The Plant Facility supports the plant biologists at IST Austria in maintaining specific breeds (cultivating seedlings, growing plants, and harvesting seeds) in defined conditions. Fully operational since 2014, the Plant Facility is where Arabidopsis and Tobacco species are handled for current research projects.

The facility has a maximum capacity of 288 trays and is fully equipped with LED lamps optimized for plant growth.


  • Plant care (e.g., watering of plants, pest control, etc.)
  • Maintenance breeding of specific plant lines
  • Cleaning and maintenance of facility
  • Stock keeping and ordering of consumables

Life Science Facility Lectures

Safety briefing for newcomers
2-monthly interval, 1 hour

Safety training (Bio safety level 2) for IST users
1 hour

Introduction to the use of zebrafish facility
no lecture, 30 min, individually

Introduction to the use of plant facility
no lecture, 30 min, individually



Margarita Eustacchio

Laboratory Management

+43 2243 9000 1189


Mark Farrington

Technician Life Science Facility

+43 2243 9000 1025


Victoria Filp



Julia Flor

Laboratory Management

+43 2243 9000 1136


Flavia Gama Gomes Leite

Virus Services

+43 2243 9000 3007


Dorota Jaworska

Laboratory Technician Plant Facility


Niklas Kampleitner

Technician Mass Spectrometry Proteomic

+43 2243 9000 2172


Jawad Khawari

Technical Support Life Science Facility

+43 2243 9000 1081


Verena Mayer

Laboratory Technician Fish Facility

+43 2243 9000 7410


Andreas Mlak

Animal Care Fish Facility


Armel Nicolas

Mass Spectrometry

+43 2243 9000 2142


Matthias Nowak

Manager of Life Sciences Facility

+43 2243 9000 1027


Eva Schlegl

Animal Care Fish Facility

+43 2243 9000 7410


Kim Sundfors

Technician Life Science Facility

+43 2243 9000 1110


Institute of Science and Technology Austria
c/o Life Science Facility
Am Campus 1, A-3400 Klosterneuburg, Austria

Office: Bertalanffy Foundation building, ground floor

Scientific Head of Life Science Facility:
Jiri Friml

Contact for facility questions:

Contact Manager:

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