Elke H. Heiß

Ass. Prof. Dr.


room 2F 463 (floor 4)
tel  +43-1-4277-55993
fax +43-1-4277-55969
e-mail: elke.heiss@univie.ac.at




  • Molecular Targets Group
  • Natural products and cellular stress resistance
  • Impact of biogenic compounds on
    • redox balance (Nrf2, ROS as second messenger)
    • glucose homeostasis (insulin signaling, PTP1B, glucose uptake and metabolism)
    • cellular bioenergetics as determinant of signal transduction
  • Mode of action studies, chemical biology


Funded Projects (as Lead-PI)

  • 2016 - 2019
    FWF – Project P29392
    Role of AMPK for the Nrf2-dependent cellular stress response.
  • 2015 - 2017
    Herzfelder´sche Familienstiftung
    Metabolic reprogramming - a target for natural products in the alleviation of agecompromised wound healing?
  • 2012 - 2015
    Herzfelder´sche Familienstiftung
    Counteracting the age-related decline of antioxidant defense and metabolic function by activation of the transcription factor Nrf2
  • 2011 - 2014
    FWF – Project P23317
    Antiproliferative and antimigratory activity of I3MO.
  • 2011 - 2014
    Project within the Graduate Program “Bioactivity Profiling & Metabolism” (University of Vienna)
    Natural products and their protective effect against hyperglycemia- the role of activated Nrf2
  • 2011 - 2012
    Hochschuljubiläumsstiftung der Stadt Wien – Project H-1755/2010
    Natural products fighting insulin resistance
  • 2010
    Industrial collaboration project (Reata Pharmaceuticals, Tx, USA)
    Synthetic triterpenoids and their impact on endothelial cell function
  • 2008
    Hochschuljubiläumsstiftung der Stadt Wien – Project H-01509/2007
    Natural products against endothelial dysfunction under hyperglycemia
  • 2005
    Sponsor: Svenska Läkaresällskape
    Dissection of interaction partners of the tyrosine kinase Flt3
  • 2004 - 2005
    MAS Cancer Fonden
    Identification of autophosphorylation sites of Flt3


  • Postdoctoral fellowship from the Wenner-Gren-Stiftelse (2003-2005)
  • Postdoctoral fellowship from the DAAD (2001-2003)
  • Short term fellowship for academic visits abroad from Boehringer Ingelheim (1998)