MSc. Astrid Sibylle Holzer, Ph.D.
Job Position: Head of Laboratory - Laboratory of Fish Protistology
Specialist in aquatic parasitology in aquaculture systems and natural marine and freshwater habitats: morphology, identification, diversity, distribution and ecology, phylogeny and evolution, life cycles, host-parasite relationships, pathology, transmission, transcriptomics and proteomics, functional antiparasitic approaches. Specialization in and passion for myxozoan parasites with current projects focussing on the mechanisms and molecules involved in host-parasite interaction responsible for rapid parasite proliferation and propagation in the host.
Academic education and employment
- In 2011 hired as Head of Department of Protistology and Head of Laboratory of Fish Protistology, Institute of Parasitology, Biology Center of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.
- 2010 Abroad fellowship (6 months) at the Department of Specific Prophylaxis and Tropical Medicine, Medical University of Vienna, Austria.
- 2005-2010 Marie Curie Experienced Researcher (2005-2007) and Juan de la Cierva Research Fellow (2008-2010) at the Cavanilles Institute of Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology, University of Valencia, Spain.
- 2000-2005 PhD in Aquatic Veterinary Pathology (2000-2004) and research assistant (2004-2005), Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling, UK.
- 1999-2000 Project-associated researcher, Institute of Hydrobiology and Ichthyology (now: Clinic for Avian, Reptiles and Fish), University of Veterinary Medicine of Vienna, Austria.
- 1992-1999 Combined BSc / MSc in Biology with specialization in Zoology and Marine Biology, University of Vienna, Austria.
- Turn the tide on limited myxozoan phylogeny: using high throughput sequencing to discover new Myxozoa species from the Southwest Atlantic Ocean. Czech Academy of Sciences/Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Cientificas y Tecnicas (CONICET) (#CONICET-16-06; 2017-2018).
- Testing parasiticidal and immunomodulatory substances to combat myxozoan infections in aquaculture using novel in vitro and in vivo models. Technology Agency of the Czech Republic (#TG02010016; 2016-2018).
- Large scale fish and water environment screening to assess the biodiversity of the Myxozoa: A metagenomic approach. Czech Science Foundation (#16-20744S; 2016-2018).
- ParaFishControl - Advanced tools and research strategies for parasite control in European farmed fish. European Commission RIA - Research and Innovation Action, H2020 SFS-2014-2 Sustainable Food Security (#634429, 2015-2020).
- ECIP - European Centre for Ichthyoparasitology. Center of Excellence, Czech Science Foundation (#505/12/G112; 2012-2018).
- MODBIOLIN - Use of model organisms to resolve crucial biological problems on the path to innovations. European Commission, FP7-REGPOT-2012-2013-1 (#316304, 2013-2015).
- Novel Approaches for comparative study of myxozoan life cycle stages - Identifying genes as well as cellular components of biological relevance for parasite proliferation. CAS Program for international collaboration (#M200961205; 2012-2014).