Elisabeth Varga

Academic Career

  • Since 11.2019 Senior scientist (20 h) at the Department of Food Chemistry and Toxicology, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Vienna (working group of Doris Marko)
  • Since 09.2019 Senior lecturer (20 h) at the Department of Food Chemistry and Toxicology, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Vienna
  • 11.2018-10.2019 Return period of the Erwin-Schrödinger post-doctoral fellowship of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) at the Department of Food Chemistry and Toxicology, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Vienna (working group of Prof. Doris Marko) Topic: Toxicity of fish-toxic compounds produced by microalgae
  • 09.-10.2018 Visiting scientist at the Institute for Global Food Security, Queen's University of Belfast (Prof. Christopher Elliott) Topic: Determination of microcystins in freshwater and serum samples
  • 08.2016-08.2018 Erwin-Schrödinger post-doctoral fellowship of the FWF at the Department of Biotechnology and Biomedicine, Technical University of Denmark (DTU) (Prof. Thomas Ostenfeld Larsen) in cooperation with the Marine Biological Section, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen (Prof. Per Juel Hansen) Topic: Identification, characterization and quantitation of fish-toxic compounds produced by microalgae in particular Prymnesium parvum and Karlodinium armiger
  • 05.2014-07.2016 Postdoctoral position at the Center for Analytical Chemistry, Department of Agrobiotechnology (IFA-Tulln), University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU) (Assoc. Prof. Franz Berthiller) Topic: Determination of mycotoxins in food and feed and identification, characterization and quantitation of novel mycotoxins
  • 05.2016 Two weeks short term research stay at the Department of Food Analysis and Nutrition, Faculty of Food and Biochemical Technology, University of Chemistry and Technology (UCT), Prague/Czech Republic (Prof. Jana Hajšlová) Topic: Application of ion mobility high resolution mass spectrometry (IM-HRMS) for isomeric compounds (primarily masked mycotoxins)
  • 01.2011-04.2014 Doctoral degree study at the Center for Analytical Chemistry (IFA-Tulln, BOKU) within the Christian Doppler Laboratory for Mycotoxin Metabolism (Prof. Rudolf Krska, Ass. Prof. Franz Berthiller) Topic: Development, validation and application of modern LC-MS based methods for the determination of native and conjugated mycotoxins in foods
  • 08.2010-12.2010 Research assistant in the Bureau of Chemical Safety, Food Directorate, Health Canada (Dr. Peter M. Scott) Topic: Implementation of a multi-mycotoxin method and determination of certain Alternaria metabolites in grain.
  • 04.2010-07.2010 Research assistant at the Center for Analytical Chemistry (IFA-Tulln, BOKU) (Dr. Franz Berthiller) Topic: Method transfer and optimization of a multi-mycotoxin method
  • 03.2009-09.2009 Practical work within the master thesis at the Center for Analytical Chemistry (IFA-Tulln, BOKU) (Ao. Prof. Rainer Schuhmacher and Dr. Michael Sulyok) Topic: Validation and application of an LC-MS/MS based multi-target method for the determination of mycotoxins in nuts and dried grapes

Education

  • 2011-2014 Doctoral degree study at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU) (degree with distinction)
  • 2007-2010 International master study "Safety in the Food Chain" (SIFC) at BOKU and one semester abroad at the University of Copenhagen - Faculty of Life Sciences (LIFE) (degree with distinction)
  • 2004-2007 Bachelor study "Lebensmittel- und Biotechnologie" (Food Science and Biotechnology) at BOKU (degree with distinction)

Publications

The publication lists are available under the following unique identifiers:

Scopus Author ID (7102497547)

ORCID: orcid.org/0000-0001-6046-3259

Awards

  • MDPI Toxins Travel Award for Postdocs 2019
  • Austrian Science Fund (FWF)Erwin-Schrödinger fellowship "Novel microalgae toxins", 08/2016-10/2019
  • Acquisition-award of the Department of Agrobiotechnology (IFA-Tulln), University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU) 2016
  • "BOKU Talent Award" 2014 within the "Jubiläumsfond" (research promotion) of the city of Vienna for the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU) for the doctoral thesis
  • Best-junior scientist speaker - mycotoxins at the Gordon Research Seminar for Mycotoxins and Phycotoxins (June 2013)
  • Raiffeisen Science and Innovation Award 2012 for the publication "Stable isotope dilution assay for the accurate determination of mycotoxins in maize by UHPLC-MS/MS"
  • Award "ALVA Förderpreis 2011" of the Austrian Association of Food, Veterinary Science and Agriculture for the master thesis

Memberships

  • Member of the Austrian Society for Toxicology; since 2020
  • Member of the Society for Mycotoxin Research; since 2014
  • Alumni of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU); since 2014
  • Member of the Austrian Chemical Society (GÖCh) and the Austrian Society for Analytical Chemistry (ASAC); since 2011
  • Member of the Association of Austrian Food- and Biotechnologists (VÖLB); since 2007