Ursula Windberger

windbergerUrsula Windberger, DVM, BSc (group leader)
Associate Professor

Phone: +43 (0)1 40400 – 5223 (office)
Phone: +43 (0)1 40400 – 61102 (lab)
E-Mail: ursula.windberger@meduniwien.ac.at


Research Interests:

Hemorheology: comparative approaches, fluidity and suspension stability of blood of various vertebrates, exercise and hemorheology

Material science: rheologic characterization of nanocomposite materials, kinetic (rheological) studies

Curiculum Vitae

Job History

2011-ff Senior Researcher, Department Biomedical Research, MedUniv Vienna

2005-2009 Head of Department: Decentralized Biomedical Facilities, MedUniv Vienna

1987-2004 Research Fellow, Center for Biomedical Research, MedUniv Vienna

1999 Habilitation, „experimental surgery“

1990-2003 Private Veterinary Practicioner, veterinary praxis Penzingerstrasse 128, 1140 Vienna

1979-1982 Chemical Technician, Institute of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, University Vienna


2009-2011 BSc chemistry, University of Vienna, Austria

2004-2007 Vienna School for Traditional Chinese Medicine (Phytotherapy), diploma

2004-2007 Psychotherapeutisches Propädeutikum, ARGE Bildungsmanagement, Vienna, diploma

1980-1989 DVM, Mag med vet, Veterinary University Vienna, Austria

1977-1979 Ing, College for Chemotechnic, Elisabethstrasse, Graz, Austria

1977 School leaving exam

Professional Experience


Blood: comparative approach, exercise,
Polymer resins, BII_NACO (ASAP8, FFG)

Medicinal plants

Alternative medicine systems in comparison to biomedicine, scientific consultancy Orthovet (N.Ludwig GmbH)

supply of services

Hemodynamic instrumentation of large animals
Surgery, anesthesia and intensive care
Member of the ethic committee for animal experiments at MedUniv Vienna (2005-2009)
Breeding of colonies of wildtype rodents and GVO (mice) according to FELASA guidelines, hygiene control, organisation of animal experiments

Quality control

QA of 2 studies according to 21 CFR Pt. 58

clinical work

Companion and experimental animals
according to principles of biomedicine and TCM


Tchad, Congo, Cameroon: FHO (OF3) for EUFOR troops
Research fellow, UPBRC, University Pretoria, Onderstepoort, South Africa


Journals Clin Hemorheol Microcirc; Biorheol; Zoology; Micron; Biochem Biophys Acta; Vet Intern

Proposals EC: FET open scheme; NRF South Africa


Veterinary University Vienna, Medical University Vienna, Austria, University of Pretoria, South Africa


Medical University Vienna

Problemorientiertes Lernen (POL)
Methodenseminar and PhD (part „anesthesia in experimental animals“)
SSM2 and SSM3 block: hemorheology
Training of animal technicians (Lehrbeauftragte)
Postgraduate course on toxicology (parts „experimental animals“, „physiology of heart and blood“)

Veterinary University Vienna
Laparoscopic techniques on the simulator (until 2007)


peer reviewed papers

Towards a basic understanding of the properties of camel blood in response to exercise. Auer R, Gleiß A, Windberger U. Emir J Food Agric 2015;27(3):302-311.

Blood rheology in Cape fur seals and bottlenose dolphins: implications for muscle perfusion. Biodivers Endanger Species 2015;3(1)1000149.http://dx.doi.org/10.4172/2332-2543.1000149

Hemorheology in experimental research: is it necessary to consider blood fluidity differences in the laboratory rat? Windberger U, Spurny K, Graf A, Thomae HJ. Lab Anim 2015;49(2):142–152.

U. Jungwirth, D.N. Xanthos, J. Gojo, A.K. Bytzek, W. Korner, P. Heffeter, S.A. Abramkin, M.A. Jakupec, C.G. Hartinger, U. Windberger, M. Galanski, B.K. Keppler, W. Berger: „ Anticancer activity of methyl-substituted oxaliplatin analogs“, Mol Pharm 2012;81:719-728

E. Pretorius, U.B. Windberger, H.M. Oberholzer, R. Auer: “Comparative ultrastructure of fibrin networks of a dog after thrombotic ischaemic stroke”. Onderstepport J Vet Res 2010;77 (1)

R. Plasenzotti, U. Windberger, F. Ulberth, W. Osterode, U. Losert: „Influence of fatty acid composition in mammalian erythrocytes on cellular aggregation“. Clin Hemorheol Microcirc 2007;37:237-243

R. Dorotka, U. Windberger, K. Macfelda, U. Bindreiter, C. Toma, S. Nehrer: „Repair of articular cartilage defects treated by microfracture and a three-dimensional collagen matrix“. Biomaterials 2005;26(17):3617-29

U. Windberger, R. Plasenzotti, T. Voracek: „The fluidity of blood in African elephants (loxodonta africana)”, Clin Hemorheol Microcirc, 2005;33:321-326

B. Stoiber, C. Zach, B. Izay, U. Windberger: „Whole blood, plasma viscosity, and erythrocyte aggregation as a determining factor of competitiveness in standard bred trotters“. Clin Hemorheol Microcirc 2005, 32(1):31-41

R. Dorotka, U. Bindreiter, K. Macfelda, U. Windberger, S. Nehrer: „Marrow stimulation and chondrocyte transplantation using a collagen matrix for cartilage repair.” Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2005;13(8):655-64

S. Ziegler, C. Zoch, M. Gschwandtner, G. Eckhardt, U. Windberger, E. Minar, H. Rüdiger, W. Osterode: „Thermoregulation and rheological properties of blood in primary Raynaud´s phenomenon and the vibration-induced white-finger syndrome.” Int Arch Occup Environ Health 2005;78:218-22

U. Windberger, K. Grohmann, A. Goll, R. Plasenzotti, U. Losert: “Fetal and juvenile animal hemorheology”. Clin Hemorheol Microcirc, 2005;32:191-197

U. Windberger und A. Bartholovitsch: “Hemorheology in spontaneous animal endocrinopathies”. Clin Hemorheol Microcirc, 2004;31:207-215

R. Plasenzotti, B. Stoiber, M. Posch, U. Windberger: “Red blood cell deformability and aggregation behaviour in different animal species”. Clin Hemorheol Microcirc 2004;31:105-111

P. Wexberg, K. Mück, U. Windberger, S. Lang, M. Osranek, F. Weldinger, G. Maurer, M. Gottsauner-Wolf: “Adventitial response and expensive remodelling after intravascular brachytherapy in a rabbit model of restenosis”. Wien Klin Wschr. 2004;116/5:190-195

M. Hörmann, M. Philipp, H. Eberl, U. Windberger, W. Matzek, C. Schäfer-Prokop, V. Metz: „The effect of varying low-dose protocols on perceived image quality in multidetector CT in a rabbit model of acute appendicitis“. Eur Radiol 2004;14:1465-1471

M. Gyöngyösi, C. Strehblow, W. Sperker, G. Fröhlich, M. Shirazi, T.M. Scherzer, J. Matiasek, U. Windberger, D. Glogar: “Intrakoronare Stents: der Weg von der Fabrik bis in die menschliche Koronarartierien – präklinische Evaluierung der Koronarstents”, Journal für Kardiologie 2004;11:515-521

U. Windberger, A. Bartholovitsch, R. Plasenzotti, KJ Korak, G. Heinke: “Whole blood viscosity, plasma viscosity and erythrocyte aggregation in nine mammalian species: reference values and comparison of data”. Exp Physiol 2003;88.3:431-440

M. Gyöngiösi, W. Sperkner, C. Csonka, D. Bonderman, I. Lang, C. Strehblow, C. Adlbrechter, M. Shirazi, U. Windberger et al: “Inhibition of interleukin-1 beta convertase is associated with decrease of neointimal hyperplasia after coronary artery stenting in pigs”. Molec Cell Biochem 2003;249:39-43

E. Knolle, U. Windberger, M. Ehrlich, G. Heinze, M.J. Oehmke, E. Turkov, U. Losert, H.G. Kress: „Intrathekal temperature is closely reflected by the aortic, but not by the rectal, temperature in a rabbit model of spinal cord ischemia”, Anesthesia and Analgesia 2003;97:244-246

C. Strehblow, M. Gyöngyösi, W. Sperker, M. Shirazi, U. Windberger, T. Pugatsch, S. Ben-Sasson, C. Lotan, D. Glogar: “Usefulness of intravascular ultrasound-guided histological measurements after stenting in porcine coronary artery”. Coronary Artery Disease 2002;13:291-294

F. Nourani, G. Laufer, H. Hollensteiner, U. Windberger, K. Macfelda, H. Traxler, M.D. Schuster, J.D. McCue, D. Solomon, B. Schlechta, U. Losert, E. Wolner, A.A. Kocher: „Morphologic changes in heterotopically transplanted rat heart isografts“, Transplantation Proceedings 2001;33:2755ff

U. Windberger, R. Auer, F. Keplinger, F. Längle, G. Heinze, U. Losert: „The role of intraabdominal pressure on splanchnic and pulmonary hemodynamic and metabolic changes during CO2-pneumoperitoneum“, Gastrointest Endosc, 1999;49:84-91

U. Windberger, R. Auer, F. Längle, R. Wenzl, G. Heinze, U. Losert: „Auswirkungen des CO2-Pneumoperitoneum auf die Leber- und Lungenperfusion: Vergleich zweier Abdominaldrucke“, Acta Chir Austriaca 1998;30(1):46-54

U. Windberger, A. Bartholovitsch, G. Wollenek, H. Heinzl, U. Losert: „Comparison of erythrocyte aggregation and whole blood viscosity of the fetal lamb (third quarter of gestation) and the adult sheep“, J Exp Anim Sci, 1998;39:34-42

U. Windberger, R. Auer, F. Keplinger, I. Schwendenwein, F. Längle, R. Wenzl, U. Losert: „Pressure-dependent change of renal function during CO2-pneumoperitoneum, Minimal Invasive Chirurgie, 1998;7:30-34

R. Wenzl, R. Lehner, A. Holzer, U. Windberger, H. Heinzl, U.M. Losert: „Improved laparoscopic operating techniques using a digital enhancement video system“, J Am Assoc Gynecol Laparosc 1998;5(2):175-178

U. Windberger, R. Auer, U. Losert: „Hämodynamische und metabolische Veränderungen während laparoskopischer Eingriffe am Schwein mit Implikationen zur klinischen Narkoseführung, Wien Tierärztl Mschr 1997;84:271-279

F. Längle, R. Steininger, E. Waldmann, T. Grünberger, H. Benditte, M. Mittelböck, T. Soliman, M. Schindl, U. Windberger, F. Mühlbacher, E. Roth: „Improvement of cardiac output and liver blood flow and reduction of pulmonary vascular resistance by intravenous infusion of L-arginine during the early reperfusion period in pig liver transplantation“, Transplantation 1997;63(9): 1225-1233

M. Grabenwöger, J. Sider, F. Fitzal, C. Zelenka, U. Windberger, M. Grimm, A. Moritz, P. Bock, E. Wolner: „Impact of glutaraldehyde on calcification of pericardial bioprosthetic heart valve material“, Ann Thor Surg 1996;62(3):772-777

K. Eibenberger, H. Schima, W. Trubel, T. Temel, C. Schmidt, R. Scherer, U. Windberger, W. Dock, F. Grabenwöger: „Coefficient of variation: a powerful Doppler ultrasonographic parameter for detection of renal artery stenosis“, J Ultrasound Med 1996;15:505-512

W. Trubel, H. Schima, A. Moritz, F. Raderer, A. Windisch, F. Ulrich, U. Windberger, U. Losert, P. Polterauer: „Compliance mismatch and formation of distal anastomotic intimal hyperplasia in externally stiffened and lumen-adapted venous grafts“, Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg 1995;10:415-423

J.D. Nanobashvili, G. Stacher, U. Windberger, R. Dudczak, C. Liegl, V. Gorgadze, U. Losert, H. Heinzl, C. Neumayer: „Regenerative potential of abdominal vagal nerves in rats“, Am J Physiol 1994;266:G140-6

U. Windberger, H. Siegl, J. Ferguson, H. Schima, R. Függer, F. Herbst, M. Schemper, U. Losert: „Hemodynamic effects of prolonged abdominal insufflation for laparoscopic procedures“, Gastrointest Endosc 1995;41:121-9

U. Windberger, V. Ribitsch, K.L. Resch, U. Losert: „The viscoelasticity of blood and plasma in pig, horse, dog, ox, and sheep“, J Exp Anim Sci 1993/94;36:89-95

U. Windberger, H. Siegl, R. Woisetschläger, P. Schrenk, B. Podesser, U. Losert: „Hemodynamic changes during prolonged laparoscopic surgery“, Eur Surg Res 1994;26:1-9

U. Windberger, H. Vierhapper, W. Osterode, P. Nowotny, U. Losert: „Dissociation of hemodynamic and renal effects of i.v. a-hANF (99-126) in conscious calves“, Horm Metab Res 1993;25:259-263

U. Windberger, H.K. Dreier, D. v. Bomhard, Ch. Dreier, A. Owen, H. Siegl, P. Simon, U. Losert: „Echocardiographic evaluation of pericardial effusions: A report of 2 cases“, Eur J Companion Animal Practice 1993;3:51-5

R. Függer, F. Herbst, M. Gnant, Th. Sautner, P. Götzinger, U. Windberger, H. Siegl, U. Losert, A. Fritsch: „Laparoskopische Kolonchirurgie – vom Experiment zu ersten klinischen Erfahrungen“, Wien Klin Wochenschr 1993;105:544-8

U. Windberger, P. Urbanek, H. Vierhapper, G. Wieselthaler, S. Dolezel, P. Nowotny, W. Trubel, M. Dostal, Jar. Vasku, U. Losert: „Diminished release of atrial natriuretic factor in calves with a total artificial heart“, Artif Organs 1992;16:392-7

U. Windberger, G. Forstenpointner, F. Grabenwöger, E. Kopp, W. Künzel, B. Mayr, A. Pernthaner, P. Simon, U. Losert: „Cardiac function, morphology and chromosomal aberrations in a calf with ectopia cordis cervicalis“, J Vet Med A 1992;39:759-68

U. Windberger, Ch. Dreier, D. v. Bomhard, H.K. Dreier, A. Owen, H. Siegl, P. Simon, U. Losert: „Zur Diagnose und Therapie von Perikardergüssen beim Hund: Zwei Fallberichte“, Wien Tierärztl Mschr 1992;79:349-54

U. Windberger, H. Siegl, R. Függer, F. Herbst, H.G. Stöhr, U. Losert: „Veränderungen der Hämodynamik während zweistündiger experimenteller laparoskopischer Operation“, Minimal Invasive Chirurgie 1992;1:169-70

W. Trubel, S. Schwarzacher, F. Raderer, C. Eibenberger, U. Windberger, R. Ullrich, H. Schima, M. Vodratzka, A. Moritz, U. Losert: „Angioskopie und intravaskulärer Ultraschall“, Minimal Invasive Chirurgie 1992;1:173ff

R. Függer, F. Herbst, M. Gnant, P. Götzinger, Th. Sautner, U. Windberger, H. Siegl, U. Losert, A. Fritsch; „Die experimentelle laparoskopische Sigmaresektion“, Minimal Invasive Chirurgie 1992;1:167-8

A. Moritz, H. Magometschnigg, H. Ptakovsky, U. Windberger, F. Raderer, F. Grabenwöger, E. Wolner: „Mesh-constricted varicose and dilated veins used as arterial bypass grafts“, Int J Artif Organs 1991;14:435-40

A. Moritz, F. Grabenwöger, A. Windisch, R. Horvath, U. Windberger, U. Losert, E. Wolner: „A method for constricting large veins for use in arterial vascular reconstruction“, Artif Organs 1990;14:394-8

A. Moritz, M. Grimm, E. Eybl, M. Grabenwöger, U. Windberger, W. Dock, P. Böck, E. Wolner: „Improved biocompatibility by postfixation treatment of aldehyde fixed bovine pericardium“, ASAIO Transactions 1990;36:M300-M303

A. Moritz, L. Fujimoto, G. Wollenek, H. Schima, W. Schreiner, A. Windisch, U. Windberger, U. Losert: „Sustained heart failure induced by repeated microsphere injections for left ventricular assist device testing“, ASAIO Transactions 1989;35:455-8

U. Windberger, S. Cerny-Reiterer, W. Schuller: „Einsatz des ELISA in der Diagnostik der Aujeszky´schen Krankheit des Schweines“, Wien Tierärztl Mschr 1988;75:346-50<//span>

Articles in books

U. Windberger, OK. Baskurt: „Comparative Hemorheology“, In: Handbook of Hemorheology and Hemodynamics, chapter II/7, pg. 267-288, IOS press Amsterdam 2007

U. Windberger, H. Siegl, U. Losert: „Hemodynamic changes during prolonged laparoscopic surgery“, In: F.M. Steichen and R. Welter (Hrsg.): „Minimal Invasive Surgery and New Technology“, Quality Medical Publishing, St. Louis, Missouri, 1994, chapt. 13, pg. 74-81

H. Gruber, M. Frey, W. Happak, G. Burggasser, W. Mayr, U.Losert, M. Deutinger, U. Windberger, H. Thoma: „Cardiomyoplasty: morphological changes in the sheep latissimus dorsi muscle“, In: U. Carraro (Hrsg.): „Sarcomeric and Non-sarcomeric Muscles: Basic and Applied Research Prospects for the 90´s“, Unipress Padova, Padova, Italy, 1988


Genzyme-ICRS Cartilage Research Excellence Award 2004: R. Dorotka, K. Macfelda, U. Windberger, U. Bindreiter, S. Nehrer. International Cartilage Repair Society, Gent, Belgium, 2004

Austrotransplantpreis 1997: F. Längle, R. Steininger, E. Waldmann, T. Grünberger, H. Benditte, M. Mittelböck, T. Soliman, M. Schindl, U. Windberger, F. Mühlbacher, E. Roth. Österreichischen Gesellschaft für Tranplantation, Transfusion und Genetik, Saalfelden am Steinernen Meer 1997