University Education and Career History
2001 Doctorate in ‘Veterinary Medicine’ – Dr. med. vet. (DVM), Title of Thesis: Infections in goats caused by members of the Mycoplasma mycoides Cluster: Contributions to pathogen detection and serology, Institute of Bacteriology, Mycology and Hygiene, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna
2001-2014 Leader of the Research Group ‘Clinical Mycoplasmology and Epidemiology’ and of the ‘Mycoplasma Diagnostics Unit’ (certified to DIN EN ISO 9001:2008), Institute of Bacteriology, Mycology and Hygiene, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna
2006-2013 Deputy Head of the Institute of Bacteriology, Mycology and Hygiene, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna
2014 Habilitation (Professorial Qualification) in ‘Microbiology’, Title of Thesis: Genital mycoplasmas: Clinical significance, epidemiology, laboratory diagnosis and infection biology
2014-pres. Leader of working group ‘Clinical Microbiology and Animal Hygiene’ and the diagnostic laboratory, Institute of Microbiology, Vetmeduni Vienna
Joachim Spergser, Dipl.Tzt., Dr. med. vet., Dipl. ECVM, is a Senior Lecturer in Microbiology and a Group Leader at the Institute of Microbiology, Department of Pathobiology, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna. Since the beginning of his academic career he is strongly involved in teaching activities in Veterinary Microbiology and has 15 years of experience in Clinical Microbiology (Diagnostics) and as Research Group Leader. His background involves a broad range of experience in Veterinary Microbiology thereby approaching infectious diseases from the clinical, the diagnostic and the basic biological perspective. This comprehensive approach in Veterinary Microbiology and Infectiology is demonstrated by his research in the area of Mycoplasmology which covers clinical and diagnostic work, epidemiological studies and molecular investigations on pathogen-host interactions.
He has co-authored 95 peer reviewed scientific articles in international journals. His current basic research is focussed but not limited to the pathobiology of Mycoplasma bovis. The exploitation and application of this fundamental research output is gained by developing translational research in the areas of vaccinology, molecular epidemiology and knowledge/technology transfer to diagnostics and industry. He is member of the International Organization for Mycoplasmology, the International Research Program on Comparative Mycoplasmology, the Austrian Society for Hygiene, Microbiology and Preventive Medicine, and the German Veterinary Society. In addition, he is reviewer for several international scientific journals and granting agencies.