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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Renate Michlmaier


I am a chemotechnical assistant. I am doing primary cell culture and – according to my colleagues – I am the “good spirit” of the laboratory.

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Tina Gorsek Sparovec

PhD Student

Placenta accreta spectrum disorders (PAS) feature abnormally invasive implantation of placenta and absence of decidua.

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Ursula Hiden


My research interest is the feto-placental endothelium and how maternal metabolic derangements alter feto-placental endothelial function.

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Waltraud Brandl


I am a biomedical scientist and my priority is to work on research projects. Furthermore, I support Jasmin with lab organization and cell culture courses. Currently, I am working with primary cells from human placenta and I am doing experiments with melanoma cells and placenta.