Viktoria Weber, Austria
Platelet-derived MVs and coagulation
Viktoria Weber obtained her PhD and her venia docendi for Biochemistry from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna, Austria. She is Professor for Medical Biochemistry at Danube University Krems, were she leads the Department of Biomedical Research, and was head of the Christian Doppler Laboratory for Innovative Therapy Approaches in Sepsis (www.sepsisresearch.ac.at; 2013-2019).
She participated in several European projects in the field of apheresis, extracorporeal therapies, and sepsis. She is co-founder of the Austrian Society for Extracellular Vesicles (www.asev.at), Vice President of the Austrian Association of Molecular Life Sciences and Biotechnology (www.oegmbt.at) and President Elect of the European Society for Artificial Organs (www.esao.org). Her research focuses on the bloodbiomaterial interface, the activation of blood cells during blood-material contact, as well as extracellular vesicles (EVs) and their roles in coagulation and immunomodulation, particularly in the setting of inflammation. In this context, her group has set up a range of methods to characterize extracellular vesicles and their cellular origin directly in whole blood, which allows studying the interaction of EVs with blood cells without prior EV isolation.