Who we are

and what we do

We are a group of researchers of the Medical University of Graz fascinated by how maternal and fetal factors drive pregnancy and placental function.
We analyse pregnancy associated factors and placental physiology in health and disease. Moreover, we have established a panel of cell and tissue culture methodology and functional assays which we combine with molecular cutting edge analyses to address our research questions in vitro.

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Paper out

September 2020

Plasma proteins facilitates placental transfer of polystyrene particles.

Michael M. Gruber, Birgit Hirschmugl, Natascha Berger, Magdalena Holter, Snježana Radulović, Gerd Leitinger, Laura Liesinger, Andrea Berghold, Eva Roblegg, Ruth Birner‑Gruenberger, Vesna Bjelic‑Radisic and Christian Wadsack




Paper out

August 2020

Sex matters: XIST and DDX3Y gene expression as a tool to determine fetal sex in human first trimester placenta.

Hoch D, Novakovic B, Cvitic S, Saffery R, Desoye G, Majali-Martinez A