biochemistry, molecular and cell biology, bioanalytics
mass spectrometry-based proteomics and metabolomics
lipid metabolism, cancer metabolism, enzymes
Ruth studied Technical Chemistry in Graz (1991-1998). For her Master thesis, she went to the RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute on Technology) in Australia to work on bacterial membrane lipids and proteins (1996-1997). She then returned to TU Graz for her PhD (supervised by Günter Daum), focusing on yeast mitochondrial lipids (1998-2002). Afterwards, she stayed at TU Graz as a Postdoc in the group of Albin Hermetter in a large consortium project called GOLD (genomics of lipid-associated disorders) led by Rudolf Zechner (2002-2007). It was during that time that Ruth obtained her first own grants and developed activity-based proteomics of lipases.
After her habilitation in biochemistry in 2007, she started her own group at the Medical University of Graz, where she set up and led a core facility for proteomics. In 2011, she was appointed Associate Professor at the Institute of Pathology at Medical University of Graz. Since 2013, she has headed the Omics Center Graz, opens an external URL in a new window.
Ruth has been a guest professor at institutions around the globe, namely ETH Zurich (2016), UC-Berkeley (2017) and the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg (2018). She further has had many functions in different research societies: as president of the Austrian Proteomics and Metabolomics Association, opens an external URL in a new window (2015-2019, vice president 2019-2021), as member of the General Council of the Human Proteome Organization (HUPO, opens an external URL in a new window, since 2017) and as a board member of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Fettwissenschaft, opens an external URL in a new window (since 2019).
In July 2019, Ruth was appointed Full Professor at the Institute of Chemical Technologies and Analytics of TU Wien.