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.

Latest news



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



Paper out

July 2020

Matrix metalloproteinase 15 plays a pivotal role in human first trimester cytotrophoblast invasion and is not altered by maternal obesity.

Majali-Martinez A, Hoch D, Tam-Amersdorfer C, Pollheimer J, Glasner A, Ghaffari-Tabrizi-Wizsy N, Beristain AG, Hiden U, Dieber-Rotheneder M, Desoye G.