Rainer Schneider, Ph.D.

Rainer Schneider, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biochemistry
Ao.Univ.-Prof. Dr.rer.nat.


T +43 512 507 57561



Born in Hard, Austria, 1957


M.S., Chemistry, University of Innsbruck, 1983
Ph.D., Biochemistry (M. Schweiger), University of Innsbruck, 1988
EMBO Short Term Fellow, Max-Planck-Institute of Developmental Biology, Tübingen, 1991
Habilitation, Biochemistry, University of Innsbruck, 1992

Professional Experience

Research Associate, Institute of Biochemistry, University of Innsbruck, 1988 - 1992
Associate Professor of Biochemistry, University of Innsbruck, 1992 - 2022

Research Focus

Structural/functional/evolutionary relationships of proteins and enzymes with emphasis on components of the human ubiquitin system and its implications in human diseases like prostate cancer, movement disorders (Parkinson's disease, Huntington´s disease, Spinocerebellar Ataxia, Friedreich´s Ataxia, Epilepsy) and on embryonic malformations like the Opitz Syndrome. In the latter we analyse the role of the E3 ubiquitin ligase MID1, mTOR and PP2A in the regulation of specific local mRNA translation and its implications in intellectual disability syndromes. We are also studying Modulators of these central players, especially natural substances and their respective attenuating effects on cancer, neurodegeneration and ageing.

Furthermore, within the frame of the Austrian Center for Industrial Biotechnology (ACIB) we are engaged in the development and optimization of biotechnological methods, mainly novel expression/selection systems and tools for downstream processing.

Additionally, we use bioinformatic approaches to elucidate novel genetic and functional implications of viral proteins and the immune system.

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