Our ENROL Team consists of 20 academically exceptional early stage researchers (ESRs) who are committed to science, and are strongly interested in pursuing a doctorate degree and carrying out research work in an interdisciplinary framework on the interface between engineering, technology and biology.
Jenis Thongam was born in Manipur, India. He finished his bachelor's degree with Honours in Physics from Ramjas College, University of Delhi. He completed his Master's study in Physics from the National Institute of Technology Manipur, India. It was during this course that he took a keen interest in computational physics especially in the field of soft condensed matter. During his Master's study, his research was focused on polymer at the interface of two immiscible fluids. Three separate systems of topologically different polymers were investigated by molecular dynamics simulations. Both the static behaviour and the chain dynamics were extensively studied.
Here at TU Wien, he has been working under Dr. Gerhard Kahl at the Institute for Theoretical Physics as a Ph.D candidate. The primary aim of his PhD thesis is to guide the experimentalists with the help of computer simulations and artificial intelligence algorithms in the design and synthgesize of biological, bio-related and colloidal macromolecules that self-assemble into desired target structures. As an initial step towards this, he is currently involved in a collaboration to set up up models for "Bent-Core Liquid Crystals" via ellipsoidal and sphero-cylindrical "patchy-particles" using the popular Kern-Frenkel inter-particle potential and to obtain the equillibrium phase diagram of these particles as a function of aspect ratio, bending angle, patch size, particle density and temperature.
Iago Peters was born in Berlin, Germany. He graduated from the Ruprechts-Karls-Universität Heidelberg in Chemistry. After submitting a Bachelor thesis that was focused on characterising and analysing 3D Biomaterials with atomic force microscopy, his interest in Biophysical Chemistry skyrocketed. During his Masters, Iago widened his scope on the world of biomimetics and biomedical engineering through several internships focused on hydrogels as well as microbubbles and microparticles for targeted drug delivery. In September 2022, Iago joined the Applied Physics Institute with Prof. Markus Valtiner where he is working on Single-Molecule Force Spectroscopy methods combined with Biomolecules. His focus lays on comparing the commonly used methods such as Atomic Force Microscopy, the Surface Force Apparatus and Optical Tweezers.
Monika completed her BSc and MSc degrees in Mechatronics Engineering (robotics) at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. During her studies, she became interested in artificial intelligence, especially in deep artificial neural networks. She works in the Cyber-Physical Systems Research Group, led by Professor Radu Grosu, where she aims to develop interpretable and robust hierarchical artificial neural networks from brain-inspired motifs for control applications.
Fatemeh Valeh was born in Mashhad, Iran. She has done her master's studies in biomedical engineering at the Ferdowsi University of Mashhad. She also worked at PayaTek as an R&D Engineer while studying. After graduation, she started working in her Supervisor’s new startup in the field of new technologies applied to rehabilitation. Fatemeh is fascinated by programming and implementing sophisticated algorithms specifically with applications in biomedical engineering. She is currently a member of Enrol doctoral Program at TU-Wien. During her Ph.D., she intends to implement advanced probabilistic clustering algorithms to improve the resolution of single-molecule microscopy images.
Children and nature are her main favorites in life. In her spare time, she prefers traveling and visiting different countries. What she likes about traveling is enjoying diverse nature and accompanying her family and friends.
Elya completed her Diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, where she realized her true motivation lay not within the confines of a field, but in contributing to societal well-being. This realization steered her towards the biomedical sciences and research. During her PhD, she is fervently engaged in integrating machine and deep learning models into everyday medical practices. Working in the Cyber-Physical Systems Research Group under the guidance of Professor Radu Grosu, Elya is dedicated to enhancing the diagnosis protocols of pediatric acute leukemia and improving the treatment experience of the children patients.
Nithyashree Babu was born in Kerala, India. She graduated from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Bhopal, India, with an integrated Bachelor of Science and Master of Science dual degree in Chemistry. During her Masters, she was fascinated by the world of interdisciplinary research, especially the fantastic combination of chemistry and biology, thus focused on chemical biology research. Her Master's project was on light-controlled activation of antibiotics using upconversion nanoparticles, where she gained expertise in organic and inorganic synthesis and characterization methods. In 2022 she joined T U Wien as a Ph.D. under Dr. Hannes Mikula, where she will try to develop chemical tools for accelerated bioorthogonal click reactions.
Fatima is a PhD student working at the interface of Chemistry and Biology, with a specific focus on theranostic strategies. Originally from Italy, she spent her formative years in Verona, where she graduated from high school with a specialization in applied sciences. She went on to pursue both her Bachelor´s and Master´s degrees in Chemistry at the University of Padua. During her Master´s programme, Fatima specialized in the fields of Biochemistry and Chemical Biology, and she won an Erasmus+ scholarship, which allowed her to conduct her Master's thesis research at the Molecular Chemistry & Chemical Biology research group at the TU Wien. There, she focused on the development of advanced molecular scissors for bioorthogonal click-to-release reactions, igniting her interest in translational research. Currently, Fatima´s research focuses on the design of new molecular tools to gain insights into critical processes involved in skin aging and diseases, such as skin cancer. She also employs advanced analytical techniques to uncover important biochemical and biological processes.
You-Rong was born in Taipei, Taiwan. He finished his bachelor’s degree in both power mechanical engineering and linguistics at National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan. In 2018, he started the master study in computational mechanics at Universität Stuttgart, Germany. The master program focused on the fundamentals and applications of Finite Element Method (FEM). During his studies, he participated in numerous interdisciplinary projects collaborated with the faculty of aerospace engineering, such as multi-phase modelling and coupled simulation of piezoelectric materials. Thereafter, he wrote his master thesis on the topic of biomechanical modelling of tongue muscles during speech production. Since September 2022, he works as PhD candidate at the institute of lightweight design and structural biomechanics, TU Wien. The research is aimed to develop a visco-hypoelastic model for individual collagen fibrils within the framework of continuum mechanics informed by experiments.
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Neetu hailing from Kerala, India, completed her bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics at the National Institute of Technology, Calicut, India. She pursued her master’s in Photonics through the Erasmus Mundus Europhotonics program in Spain and France. In September 2022, Neetu joined the Biophysics research group led by Prof. Gerhard Schütz at the Institute of Applied Physics. She is currently using super resolution optical microscopy techniques to gain more insight into T cell activation. In the future, she aspires to work on developing smart microscopes capable of overcoming the challenges involved in imaging dynamic samples. Beyond research, she enjoys playing games, watching movies and cooking.
Tel: +43 1 58801 134892
Soumya was born in Kolkata, India. After completing his schooling, he joined the Indian Institute of Science Education & Research (IISER)-Berhampur to pursue BS-MS dual degree. He carried out his master´s thesis in the field of medicinal Inorganic chemistry and eventually graduated in 2022 with chemistry as a major subject. During his higher studies, he got fascinated by the involvement of chemistry behind every biological phenomenon and was immensely attracted by the interdisciplinary science with chemistry and biology synergy. He found ENROL Programme to be perfectly aligned with his research inclination & joined ENROL in 2022 at the TU Wien. He is currently working on a joint project that aims to combine the key strengths of microfluidic technology and ultrafast bioorthogonal click chemistry. In his free time, Soumya enjoys watching Cricket a lot and a bit of travelling and photography.
Alice was born in Parma, Italy. She studied Bioengineering and completed her BSc at Università degli Studi di Pavia and her MSc at Politecnico di Milano. More specifically, her master's degree was in Cells, Tissues, and Biotechnologies, and during the last years, she developed a strong interest in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine. Consequently, she joined the Regenerative Medicine Technologies Research Group in Bellinzona, Switzerland, to work on her master's thesis. There, she started adopting an interdisciplinary approach at the intersection of engineering, biology, and medicine, aiming to regenerate biological tissue substitutes in vitro using advanced biofabrication and microfluidics technologies. Right after graduating in August 2022, she moved to Vienna to start her Ph.D. in the 3D Printing and Biofabrication research group at the Institute of Materials Science and Technology. Here, her task is to develop a controlled and reproducible method to achieve vascularization of several biological tissues directly inside microfluidic chips using femtosecond laser-based high-definition bioprinting techniques.
Dimosthenis obtained his Diploma in Mechanical Engineering and MSc in Computational and Experimental Engineering and Advanced Materials from the University of Patras in Greece. In 2019, he joined the Aerospace Engineering faculty at TU Delft, where he worked on the development of energy nanogenerators that could effectively convert biomechanical energy into electricity. Specifically, his research aimed to create functional prototypes that could be integrated into on-body sensor modules, enabling them to be self-sustainable. In 2022, he joined the Biomechanics group at the Institute of Lightweight Design and Structural Biomechanics, TU Wien. His PhD focuses on the micromechanical assessment of cell clusters and the development of an instrument to test the mechanical properties of the cells' microenvironment. His main research interests include AFM-based nano- and microindentation of soft samples and biomechanics, with a particular focus on cell clusters.
Phone: +43 1 58801 31779
Andrea was born in San José, Costa Rica. She completed her BSc in Biotechnology Engineering at Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica (ITCR) and her M.Sc in Immunology at Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR). Her master's thesis was focused on the role of platelets in the experimental envenoming of Bothrops asper snake. During her master´s study, she also worked as a junior researcher at the ITCR and taught tissue engineering lectures for ITCR and UCR. At the same time, she developed interdisciplinary research in the skeletal muscle tissue engineering field for the Biotechnology Research Center at ITCR. Since September 2022, she has worked as a Ph.D. student at the Institute of Materials Science and Technology as part of the research group 3D Printing and Biofabrication. Her project aim is to develop a 3D bioprinted immunogenic skin model for chronic inflammatory diseases in the skin in order to improve the clinical strategies commonly used for patient treatment and better understand different disease-driving factors and their roles in disease development.
Zainab was born in Lahore, Pakistan, where she received her BSc (Hons.) in Plant Pathology from the University of the Punjab. In 2019, she won the Erasmus Mundus scholarship for the Plant Health program, splitting her Master's between Spain, Germany, and Sweden. It wasn't simple, and it wasn't straightforward yet very enriching. In September 2022, she joined the Synthetic biology & molecular biotechnology research group led by Prof. Robert Mach at TU Wien. As part of the Ph.D. project, she is currently working with strain design and transcriptomics in pleomorphic fungi. These fungi have the ability to switch between yeast-like and filamentous forms as and when needed. At present, she's miles away from her native home, learning, living, and juggling the strings of morphological plasticity in these uncanny fungal beings.
Reshma, hailing from Maharashtra, India, has successfully completed her BSc and MSc degrees in Biotechnology from institutions affiliated with Savitribai Phule Pune University. Her master's research focused on the enzyme kinetics of cellulase-producing thermophilic bacteria isolated from hot water springs. Following her academic achievements, Reshma garnered interdisciplinary experience working with various model organisms, including Drosophila flies, yeasts, and filamentous fungi. Presently, she collaborates with Prof. Astrid R. Mach-Aigner from the Institute of Chemical Engineering, Environmental and Biological Sciences at TU Wien. In her current role, Reshma is dedicated to studying and addressing the management of secretory stress in Trichoderma reesei. Her research aims to unravel potential interrelationships between the unfolded protein response (UPR) and the RESS (regulated intracellular stress response) mechanism. Ultimately, this research endeavor seeks to identify innovative solutions for enhancing the secretion of hydrolytic enzymes.
Anežka is a PhD student from the Biophysics group at the Institute of Applied Physics, TU Wien. Originally from the Czech Republic, Anežka finished her Bachelor's and Master's studies in Prague at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University. In her Bachelor's thesis, she investigated the stability of small RNA chains by UV-light spectrometry; in her Master's, she studied clinically relevant protein clustering via lifetime imaging. As an Erasmus+ student, she joined the Experimental Biophysics group in Heidelberg, Germany, where she applied super-resolution methods to study the effect of incorporated nanoparticles on chromatin of X-ray irradiated cells. In her current PhD project, supervised by Eva Sevcsik, she aims to design a DNA-origami-based tool for probing a broad range of cell-cell interactions, now focusing on T-cell activation. She is also getting in touch with different imaging techniques. She enjoys traveling, being in nature, and drinking tea or coffee with loved ones in her free time.
Tel: +43 1 58801 134895
Julia Höhlschen was born in Germany, where she received her Bachelor and Master degrees in Biochemistry at the Ruhr University of Bochum. During her studies she became more and more interested in protein research and spectroscopic methodologies. Consequently, she chose to work on a Proteomic project for her master degree in which she aimed to find interaction partners of the protein REG4 in the context of colon cancer using quantitative mass spectrometry. For her PhD project she is now working on the identification of off targets of the Gliflozin drug class that inhibit the sodium glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT-2).
Cesar is a Mexican Chemist backed by an academic foundation in Organic Chemistry from his early days at the Autonomous University of Hidalgo State (UAEH) where he obtained his Bsc in Chemistry with a thesis on Synthesis of Ligands with Symmetry, and a track record of outstanding performance in Chemical Synthesis by the National Center for the Evaluation (CENEVAL) in Mexico, to his Master's journey at the University of Dokuz Eylül (DEU) in Turkey where he was granted with the Ali Kuşçu Science and Technology scholarship by the Presidency of Turks Abroad and Related Communities (YTB). There, he conducted research on the Synthesis of Carbazole and β-Lactams as potential antibacterial agents.
Cesar's international outlook, fueled by his passion for Chemistry and languages, drives him to actively seek research opportunities and collaborations in the fields of Organic, Supramolecular, and Medicinal Chemistry. His research primarily focuses on designing Organic molecules, including protein defect modulators, anti-infective agents, sensors, etc. to address the growing pharmaceutical demand of drugs in the combat of respiratory diseases such as Pulmonary Fibrosis, Cystic Fibrosis, COVID-19, etc.
Neda Karami completed her Bachelor of Science in cellular and molecular biology. In her master's program, she pursued studies in Medical Biotechnology at Shiraz University of Medical Sciences. During this period, Neda developed a keen interest in microfluidics, specifically focusing on organ-on-chip technology and organoids as potential replacements for animal models in drug testing. Her master's thesis involved extensive work with neural stem cell spheroids.Currently, Neda Karami is engaged in research focused on the long-term electrical recording of cardioids in response to drugs. She utilizes a millifluidic device designed for maintaining extended perfusion of media to cardioids, in combination with low-impedance microelectrode arrays
Vinzenz holds a M.Sc. in Biotechnology and a M.Sc. in Innovation Management, Entrepreneurship & Sustainability from technical university Berlin. He gained practical experience in process analytical technology (PAT) at the Knick Elektronische Messgeräte GmbH and in the research group bioelectronics at the department of bioprocess engineering at TU Berlin. In addition, he has multiple years of experience in management and business consulting. He joint TU Wien in fall 2022 and is supervised by Prof. Peter Ertl, Institute of Chemical Technologies and Analytics, Cell Chip Research Group. In his work he focuses on manufacturing process improvements in the area of advanced therapy medical products (ATMPs). He aims to build integrated process models of different cell therapies. In his spare time, he enjoys time with his family and volunteers in the ISPE as part of the leadership team of the Emerging Leaders D/A/CH and the CoP Pharma 4.0™.