The Vienna Biocenter in the third district of Vienna has established itself as the premier location for life sciences in Central Europe and is a world-leading international bio-medical research center.


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Welcome to the Vienna Biocenter Core Facilities

  • Advanced Microscopy
    High resolution optical imaging and spectroscopy techniques / Microscope customization and development.
  • Bioinformatics & Scientific Computing
    We provide unique expertise and services in the areas of bioinformatics and scientific computing to academic and industrial researchers.
  • Electron Microscopy
    To see what no one has seen before!
  • HistoPathology
    We provide expertise and resources for a wide range of histological and pathological studies in mice and a number of other organisms.
  • Empowering your research - get quantitative data on the building blocks of life!
  • Next Generation Sequencing
    Genomics’ most flexible and powerful tool.
  • Plant Sciences
    ... take your plant research to the next level!
  • Preclinical Phenotyping
    State-of-the-art of phenotypic screening of Mouse Behavior, Metabolism & Physiology.
  • Preclinical Imaging
    Ultra high 15.2 T Bruker MR imaging.
  • Protein Technologies
    We provide expertise in recombinant protein technologies and genome engineering.
  • Vienna Drosophila Resource Center
    Drosophila resources for researchers worldwide.
  • Child Care Center
    The Child Care Center hosts not only little researchers from the Vienna Biocenter but also young media kids from the Media Quarter Marx.


“I first came to the VBC in 2006 with the intention of staying only three or four years. Nine years later I am still here - the campus just keeps getting better!”

Peggy Stolt-Bergner, Protein Technologies

“VBC - where top expertise and cutting edge scientific infrastructure meets outstanding research and a great atmosphere.”

Jakub Jez, Plant Sciences Facility Head

“The Campus VBC is probably the most vibrant research site in Austria, so anyone interested in research would want to be here.”

Kareem Elsayad, Core Facility Head

“VBCF provides state-of-the-art equipment and dedicated experts. We help you to push your research further.”

Sylvia Badurek, Behavior Assistant at Preclinical Phenotyping Facility

Who We Are

The Vienna BioCenter Core Facilities GmbH (VBCF) is a publicly funded non-profit research institute, situated at the Vienna Biocenter.

We offer access to state-of-the-art research infrastructure and scientific services. Our customers are academic research institutions and companies in the field of Life Sciences.

VBCF is open to all forms of scientific collaborations.


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We offer cutting edge infrastructure and scientific services to enable our customers to compete at the forefront of science.

Passion for technology and science, continuous training and lifelong learning are what make VBCF staff the highly qualified experts we need to develop and operate our scientific infrastructure to the satisfaction of our customers.

We constantly scout for new and emerging technologies that can better address the research questions of our customers and aim for joint exploration.

We contribute to the most effective and efficient usage of public and private research funds by providing high-quality service and economies of scale through centralization.

VBCF acts as a communication platform and a joint repository of expertise. Technical knowledge and skills are preserved when researchers leave the Vienna Biocenter and are forwarded to the next generation of researchers.

We cooperate with other providers of research infrastructure to make technologies beyond our own portfolio accessible and to improve the quality of our services through benchmarking.

About VBCF

The Vienna Biocenter Core Facilities GmbH (VBCF) is a publicly funded non-profit research institute, situated at the Vienna Biocenter.  VBCF was founded in 2010 as a limited liability company (GmbH) according to Austrian law. VBCF’s stakeholders are:

The operation of VBCF is funded by the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (bm.wfw) and the City of Vienna, by fees charged for delivered services and by additional research grants.

VBCF operates 11 scientific core facilities and the shared Child Care Center of the Vienna Biocenter as shown in the organization chart below.


Andreas Tiran
Managing Director

Andreas Tiran took up his appointment as Managing Director of the VBCF in January 2011. He has extensive previous experience both as a researcher as well as a manager of scientific infrastructure.

since 2011 Managing Director of Vienna Biocenter Core Facilities GmbH (VBCF), Vienna Biocenter, Austria
2004-2010 Director of the Center for Medical Research (ZMF), Medical University of Graz, Austria
2001-2004 Department Head at the Clinical Institute of Medical and Chemical Laboratory Diagnostics, University of Graz, Austria
2001 Associate Professor of Laboratory Medicine, University of Graz, Austria
1996-2001 Senior physician, deputy head, Department of Laboratory Medicine, University of Graz, Austria
1995 Board Certification Medical and Chemical Laboratory Diagnostic
1994-1996 Postdoc at the Department of Clinical Immunology, University Hospital of Groningen, The Netherlands
1989-1994 Resident at the Department of Internal Medicine, University of Graz, Austria
1982-1988 School of Medicine, University of Graz

Go to the full CV of Andreas Tiran.

phone: +43 1 796 23 24 7010
Barbara Miksch (Assistant to Managing Director)
phone: +43 1 796 23 24 7000

Peggy Stolt-Bergner
Authorized Representative of VBCF

Peggy Stolt-Bergner is Deputy Director and supports the Managing Director in the running of the institute.

since 2014 Authorized Representative of VBCF
since 2011 Head of VBCF Protein Technologies Facility
2006-2011 IMP Fellow, Research Institute of Molecular Pathology
2004-2006 Postdoctoral Fellow, Max Planck Institute of Biophysics,
1999-2004 PhD, Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Harvard Medical School

Go to the full CV of Peggy Stolt-Bergner

phone: +43 1 796 23 24 7070


Barbara Miksch started at the VBCF from the very beginning in 2011 and is responsible for office administration, personnel administration and also external communications. 

phone: +43 1 796 23 24 7000

Anastasia Manina joined the VBCF Administration in October 2014 as a controller. Her former international work experience is the perfect prerequisite for looking after the VBCF budget. 

phone: +43 1 796 23 24 7011

Blerta Nujici is supporting the Administration, she’s responsible for incoming and outgoing invoices and all other daily business.

phone: +43 1 796 23 24 7012



Lada Fialova joined VBCF in March 2015 as grant manager. Her responsibility is to support and facilitate search for grant opportunities, grant applications, and grant management.

phone: +43 1 796 23 24 7013



Strategic Information Management

The Strategic Information Management (SIM) facility is responsible for a common VBCF IT strategy and centralizes the most important IT tasks of the VBCF. The goal of this facility is to concentrate, merge and plan all IT requirements of the VBVF and setup a service oriented architecture which facilitates the flow of information between the VBCF facilities and administration.

Thomas Micheler is head of Strategic Information Management (SIM) facility since summer 2013. He is responsible for a comprehensive IT strategy and IT controlling for the VBCF.

phone: +43 1 796 23 24 7023

Jan Sladek joined the Strategic Information Management (SIM) facility as software engineer in November 2013. He analyzes IT related requirements and develops/maintains VBCF wide information systems.

phone: +43 1 796 23 24 7228

Institutional Collaborations

VBCF has institutional collaborations with national and international research institutions, universities and other organizations with the following goals:

  • Initiation of joint research projects
  • Facilitation of staff exchange and development of joint training programs
  • Improved access to cutting-edge technologies through resource sharing

Core For Life

Core for Life is an excellence initiative of six leading European core facility organizations. The common intention of the members of Core For Life is to collaborate in organizational and operational aspects of core facility management and scientific support of life science research. The Core For Life alliance envisions exploring and using the potential of bundling core facility expertise across institutions and countries.

Interview: Nature Med. 2013, 19, 802

NGS-Platform in Vienna

Next-generation sequencing technology is rapidly evolving and transforming both basic biological science and biomedicine. In order to remain competitive, research organizations in Vienna need to actively invest in this technology. The main goal of the proposed Joint Technology Platform for Next Generation Sequencing in Vienna is to avoid unnecessary overlaps and invest into the newest NGS technologies and equipment in a coordinated and cost-efficient way.

MRI-Platform in Vienna

Since 2013 the VBCF, the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, the University of Veterinary Medicine and the Medical University of Vienna are collaborating to create a translational research platform for preclinical MRI imaging with the best technical, financial and scientific solutions. Through the collaboration of the most experienced scientific institutions in preclinical imaging in the area of Vienna, we aim to intensify MR research and explore the potential of synergetic effects.


Cutting-edge and innovative imaging technologies are revolutionizing the life sciences. Recent developments enable scientists to visualize and thereby better understand the processes that govern life and disease in cells and organisms. Euro-BioImaging is a research infrastructure project of the ESFRI Roadmap. It aims at creating a pan-European network of advanced imaging facilities that provide open access to advanced imaging technology for all European life scientists. The current VBCF initiative aims at the establishment of a EuroBioImaging node in Vienna by joining forces with universities and other research institutions.

New platform for future integration into EuroBioImaging created, read more here.


Both VBCF and ISTA, the Institute of Science and Technology Austria, have committed themselves to coordinate the purchase of expensive instruments, to increase capacity usage and to bundle core facility expertise across the institutions. In particular VBCF and ISTA will join forces in providing access to state-of-the-art electron microscopy to their research groups.


In 2012, VBCF established a collaboration with AGES, the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety. Both institutions operate large-scale plant growth facilities with complementary technical specifications. The goal of the collaboration is the realization of research and development projects in life science by mutual use of technical scientific infrastructure, personnel, know-how, and operating resources.


CEITEC is a scientific centre in the fields of life sciences, advanced materials and technologies whose aim is to establish itself as a recognized centre for basic as well as applied research. CEITEC offers a state-of-the-art infrastructure and great conditions to employ excellent researchers. It is a consortium whose partners include the most prominent universities and research institutes in Brno, Czech Republic: Masaryk University, Brno University of Technology, Mendel University in Brno, University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Brno, Veterinary Research Institute and Institute of Physics of Materials of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. CEITEC works closely with the Region of South Moravia and the City of Brno to help increase local innovative capacity.

Basic overview: 6 partners, 7 research programs, 61 research groups, 557 researchers (2015), 25.000 m2 of new laboratories, 10 core facilities




Phone: +43 1 796 23 24 7000

Metabolomics (METABOL)


Biological research in the post-genomic era has become largely dependent on technologies allowing the large scale analysis of biological systems and processes. One of these approaches, metabolomics, aims for the comprehensive and quantitative analysis of small biomolecules such as sugars, lipids or nucleic acids in biological samples. Together with genomics and proteomics, this emerging technology will allow to obtain a global view on biological systems and processes. The goal of the Metabolomics Facility is to deliver state-of-the-art quantitative and qualitative analysis of small organic compounds to users’ groups form both academia and industry. This task is provided by employing diverse methodologies based on liquid chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). 


The facility will offer targeted analysis of user-defined compounds by targeted LC-MS/MS, including the respective methods development. In addition, we will offer several panels of already characterized targets to assess changes in various biochemical pathways. This approach can be used for exploratory studies and will be extended in the future to untargeted analysis of samples.


Thomas Köcher
Head of Metabolomics Facility (METABOL)

Vienna Biocenter Core Facilities GmbH 
Dr. Bohr-Gasse 3, 1030 Vienna
+43-1-79044 - 4283

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