ENROL Team

For the ENROL programme,  researchers with excellent track records in the respective fields were selected. In order to provide the Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) with a diverse research and mentoring environment, we strived at a balance between established professors with extensive experience in the supervision of PhD students, and young, emerging group leaders.The majority has spent post-doc stays abroad and several of them have served as professors at other world-class, top ranked international universities.

The ENROL supervisors are members of prestigious academies such as the Austrian Academy of Sciences or members and fellows of professional societies (e.g. APS, RSC, ASCE, EAMBES). They publish in prestigious journals (Nature Methods, Nature Immunology, Nature Communications, PNAS, Biomaterials, IEEE Proceedings, Applied Physics Letters to name a few).

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Gerhard Kahl

Gerhard Kahl

Institute for Theoretical Physics

Dr. Gerhard Kahl is Professor and Head of the Institute for Theoretical Physics. In his research he focuses with his collaborators on invstigations of soft matter and bio-related systems with particular emphasis on structural and thermodynamic properties, self-assembly (both under in- and out-of-equilibrium conditions), and phase behaviour. The applied methodological spectrum ranges from theoretical concepts (such as density functional theory) over computer simulations to artificial intelligence tools.

Supervisor Research Project 1

Self-assembly of biological and bio-related macromolecules, öffnet eine Datei in einem neuen Fenster

Christian Hellmich

Christian Hellmich

Institute for Mechanics of Materials and Structures

Dr. Christian Hellmich is Professor at the Institute for Mechanics of Materials and Structures, and is currently also its Head. He is best known for his development of multiscale mechanics models which quantitatively integrate often separated fields, such as materials science, X-ray physics, chemistry, biology, and medicine. Applications concern various fields in civil and bioengineering, ranging from tunnel engineering to orthopedics.

Supervisor Research Project 2

Atoms-to-beam homogenization of biomacromolecules, öffnet eine Datei in einem neuen Fenster

Emanuela Bianchi

Emanuela Bianchi

Institute for Theoretical Physics

Dr. Emanuela Bianchi is Assistant Professor at the Institute for Theoretical Physics of TU Wien. She has received several research fellowships, including an Alexander von Humboldt, a Lise Meitner and an Elise Richter fellowship, and performed her postdoctoral research in Austria and Germany. Since 2018 she is permanent researcher at the Institute for Complex Systems at CNR in Rome. In 2018, she received the START prize by the Austrian Science Fund. Her research focuses on the theoretical and computational investigation of the self-assembly behavior of anisotropically interacting colloids.

Supervisor Research Project

Design of anisotropic DNA origami nanoparticles for programmed self-assembly, öffnet eine Datei in einem neuen Fenster

Markus Valtiner

Markus Valtiner

Institute of Applied Physics

Dr. Markus Valtiner is Professor at the Institute of Applied Physics. He completed his PhD at the Max-Planck-Institute in Düsseldorf (with Martin Stratmann), and his post-doc with Jacob Israelachvili at UC Santa Barbara (USA). His work is focused on measuring molecular interactions in biologic systems, including membrane physics and chemistry in confinement. He uses and develops single molecule atomic force microcopy, the surface forces apparatus, and optical tweezers.

Supervisor Research Project 4

Soft matter in confinement, öffnet eine Datei in einem neuen Fenster

Radu Grosu

Radu Grosu

Institute of Computer Engineering

Dr. Radu Grosu is Professor the Head of the Cyber-Physical-Systems Division of the Computer-Engineering Institute. Radu Grosu is also a Research Professor at the Department of Computer Science, of the State University of New York at Stony Brook, USA. The research interests of Radu Grosu include the modeling analysis and control of cyber-physical systems and of biological systems.

Supervisor Research Project 5

Reinforcement and Supervised Learning with Neural Circuit Policies, öffnet eine Datei in einem neuen Fenster

Clemens Heitzinger

Clemens Heitzinger

Institute for Analysis and Scientific Computing

Dr. Clemens Heitzinger is Head of the Research Group for Machine Learning and Uncertainty Quantification at the Institute for Analysis and Scientific Computing. He is designated co-Director of the TU Wien Center for Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (TUW CAIML).  He is Deputy Representative of TU Wien at the Artificial Intelligence Doctoral Academy (AIDA). He is also an Adjunct Professor in the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences at Arizona State University.  He was awarded the START Prize, Austria's most prestigious award for young scientists, by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) in 2013.

Supervisor Research Project 6

Advanced Probabilistic Clustering Algorithms for Super-Resolution Microscopy, öffnet eine Datei in einem neuen Fenster

Robert Sablatnig

Robert Sablatnig

Institute of Visual Computing & Human-Centered Technology

Dr. Robert Sablatnig is  Professor of computer vision, heading the Computer Vision Lab, which is part of the 2018 founded Institute of Visual Computing & Human-Centered Technology, which he is heading since 2019. His research interests are 3D Computer Vision, Machine- and Deep Learning for Visual Computing, Automated Document Analysis, Multispectral Imaging, Virtual- and Augmented Reality, and Applications in Industry and Cultural Heritage Preservation.

Supervisor Research Project 7

Immunophenotyping for Diagnosis in Childhood Leukemia, öffnet eine Datei in einem neuen Fenster

                       

Marko Mihovilovic

Marko Mihovilovic

Institute for Applied Synthetic Chemistry

Dr. Marko Mihovilovic is Professor and Chair in Bioorganic Synthetic Chemistry at the Institute for Applied Synthetic Chemistry (IAS) since 2014. Marko Mihovilovic has been Head of the IAS with some 120 researchers and staff from 2013-2019 and was appointed as Dean of the Faculty for Technical Chemistry at TU Wien in 2020. He held post-doc placements as an Erwin Schrödinger fellow at the University of New Brunswick (Canada) and the University of Florida (USA), in the fields of biocatalysis and molecular biology.

Supervisor Research Project 9

A Generic Approach for Target Identification of Natural Products Employing a Tandem Photoaffinity-Clicking Strategy, öffnet eine Datei in einem neuen Fenster

Hannes Mikula

Hannes Mikula

Institute of Applied Synthetic Chemistry

Dr. Hannes Mikula is Assistant Professor and Group Leader (‘Molecular Chemistry & Chemical Biology’) at the Institute of Applied Synthetic Chemistry. Together with his team he focuses on the development of bioorthogonal strategies for diagnostic and therapeutic applications, including the targeted delivery and activation of drugs. Therefore, the group designs chemical tools with unmatched performance and unique capabilities, to enable highly selective, safe and ultra-efficient chemistry in living systems.

Supervisor Research Project 10

Bioorthogonal turn-OFF and Dual Release, öffnet eine Datei in einem neuen Fenster

Martina Marchetti-Deschmann

 Martina Marchetti-Deschmann

Institute of Chemical Technologies and Analytics

Dr. Martina Marchetti-Deschmann is Full Professor for Mass Spectrometric Methods / Analytical Chemistry. Heading the Research Group of Mass Spectrometric Bio- and Polymer Analysis in the Research Division of Imaging and Instrumental Analytical Chemistry focusing on method /instrumentation development. Recently she focused on correlative and multimodal imaging allowing comprehensive knowledge collection across the scales, including MS imaging, a method enabling the mapping of thousands of molecules within biological systems.

Supervisor Research Project 11

Multimodal imaging – a picture says more than a thousand datapoints, öffnet eine Datei in einem neuen Fenster

Philipp Thurner

Philipp Thurner

Institute of Lightweight Design and Structural Biomechanics

Dr. Philipp Thurner is Professor of Biomechanics at the Institute of Lightweight Design and Structural Biomechanics (ILSB). He is head of the Research Division Biomechanics and head of the ILSB. His research is focused on the micro-and nano-mechanics of biological tissue based on the idea that mechanical characterization of biological tissue biopsies will aid diagnosis and treatment of diseases in the future, and can so complement and inform correlative imaging approaches including classical clinical imaging techniques.

Supervisor Research Project 12

Correlative multimodal imaging of human meniscal tissue at different stages of degeneration, öffnet eine Datei in einem neuen Fenster

Gerhard Schütz

Gerhard Schütz

Institute of Applied Physics

Dr. Gerhard Schütz is Professor for Biophysics at the Institute of Applied Physics. His research focusses on understanding the role of plasma membrane processes during cellular signaling, with particular emphasis on T cell antigen recognition. For this, he develops advanced single molecule fluorescence microscopy approaches, which enable a spatial resolution down to ~20nm. Recently, he ventured into correlative microscopy concepts (e.g. by combining fluorescence with force microscopy).

Supervisor Research Project 13

Development of an autonomous microscopy system for adaptive experimentation in cell biology, öffnet eine Datei in einem neuen Fenster

Bernhard Lendl

Bernhard Lendl

Institute of Chemical Technologies and Analytics

Dr. Bernhard Lendl is Professor at the Institute of Chemical Technologies and Analytics. His research focus is on advancing analytical sciences through the development of novel analytical techniques and instrumentation based on infrared and Raman spectroscopy and their application to environmental and process analytical chemistry, material characterization as well as bio-medical diagnostics.

Supervisor Research Project 14

Next Generation Super-resolution Chemical Imaging, öffnet eine Datei in einem neuen Fenster

Peter Ertl

Peter Ertl

Institute of Applied Synthetic Chemistry

Dr. Peter Ertl is Professor of Lab-on-a-Chip Systems for Bioscience Technologies at the Faculty of Technical Chemistry. His research focuses on the development of advanced in vitro diagnostic microsystems, lab-on-a-chip technologies and organ-on-a-chip systems. Dr. Ertl is also founder and speaker of the Austrian Microfluidic Initiative, Editor-in-Chief of the open access journal Organs-on-a-Chip and Chief Technology officer (CTO) of SAICO Biosystems KG as well as Co-founder of Pregnerate GmbH.

Supervisor Research Project 15

Elucidating the impact of mechanobiological stimulation on lymphatic uptake with organ-on-a-chip technology, öffnet eine Datei in einem neuen Fenster

Aleksandr Ovsianikov

Aleksandr Ovsianikov

Institute of Materials Science and Technology

Dr. Aleksandr Ovsianikov is Professor and the Head of the research group 3D Printing and Biofabrication. His research is dealing with the use of additive manufacturing technologies and bioprinting for tissue engineering and regeneration. Dr. Ovsianikov was awarded prestigious ERC Starting Grant in 2012 and an ERC Consolidator Grant in 2017 for projects aimed at these topics. He is also a co-founder and a head of research of a TU Wien spin-off UpNano.

Supervisor Research Project 16

Controlled vascularization for organ-on-chips, öffnet eine Datei in einem neuen Fenster

Orestis Andriotis

Orestis Andriotis

Institute of Lightweight Design and Structural Biomechanics

Dr. Orestis Andriotis is a Senior Scientist at the Institute of Lightweight Design and Structural Biomechanics. His research focuses on the nano- and micromechanical characterization of biological tissues using atomic force microscopy, to understand the structure-function relationships of health and pathology, the spatiotemporal dynamics of enzymic degradation of single collagen fibrils and how structure-functions alterations manifest themselves in during tissue development and during development and progression of pathologies.

Supervisor Research Project 17

Mechanical assessment of cell clusters, öffnet eine Datei in einem neuen Fenster

Olivier Guillaume

Olivier Guillaume

Institute of Materials Science and Technology

Dr. Guillaume Olivier received his PhD in 2011 in the field of biomaterials for biomedical application. He spent a few years abroad in postdoc positions in the field of Tissue Engineering (Ireland, Switzerland and now Austria). He is now part of the 3D Printing and Biofabrication Group of TU Wien. In 2020, he received a Stand Alone grant from FWF to conduct research in bioprinting biofilm to tackle bacteria multi-resistance issue.

Supervisor Research Project 18

Bioprinting of 3D immunogenic skin model, öffnet eine Datei in einem neuen Fenster

Robert Mach

Robert Mach

Institute of Chemical, Environmental and Bioscience Engineering

Dr. Robert L Mach is Professor and Head of the Institute of Chemical, Environmental and Bioscience Engineering and of the Research area Biochemical Technology. He has a 25 years+ experience in molecular biology and biotechnology of microorganisms. His research focus is embedded in the institutes vision “Imagineering Nature I5.0” aiming the provision of sustainable materials and energy. In addition to industry, I5.0 integrates agriculture and the energy sector and thus follows a systemic approach. Interdisciplinary teams within the Institute are working on flag ship projects such as CO2 refinery, new bioactive substances, circular economy or gas fermentation to contribute to solutions for emerging problems of mankind such as climate change or multi resistance related diseases.

Supervisor Research Project 19

An albino Aureobasidium pullulans for biotechnological application (ALABAMA), öffnet eine Datei in einem neuen Fenster

Astrid Mach-Aigner

Astrid Mach-Aigner

Institute of Chemical, Environmental and Bioscience Engineering

Dr. Astrid Mach-Aigner is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Chemical, Environmental and Bioscience Engineering. She is Head of the research group for Synthetic Biology and Molecular Biotechnology. Her research focus is on studying mechanisms of gene regulation by transcription factors and epigenetic mechanisms like DNA methylation, histone modifications and regulatory RNAs. Related to this, her group develops synthetic tools for targeted and controlled gene expression. Two other major research directions in her group are the identification of novel bioactive compounds and the production of polyols (sugar replacements) from alternative substates in a circular economy context.

Supervisor Research Project 20

Secretory stress management in Trichoderma reesei, öffnet eine Datei in einem neuen Fenster

Eva Sevcsik

Eva Sevcsik

Institute of Applied Physics

Dr. Eva Sevcsik is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Applied Physics. She is head of the “Micro- and Nanostructured Biointerfaces” group. Her research is devoted to the development and application of micro- and nanostructured biointerfaces to manipulate the spatial organization of membrane proteins in living cells. Using these surfaces in combination with single molecule microscopy techniques, she studies the fundamental elements of plasma membrane organization and function, with a specific interest in the molecular mechanisms governing early T cell signaling.

Supervisor Research Project 21

Stimuli-responsive nanostructured biointerfaces for T-cell activation, öffnet eine Datei in einem neuen Fenster

Ruth Birner-Gruenberger

Ruth Birner-Gruenberger

Institute of Chemical Technologies and Analytics

Dr. Ruth Birner-Gruenberger is Associate Professor at the Institute of Pathology at Medical University of Graz since 2011 and Professor at the Institute of Chemical Technologies and Analytics atTU Wien since 2019. She studied Chemistry and Biology in Graz, Austria, and Melbourne, Australia. Ruth started her own group at the Medical University of Graz focusing on mass-spectrometry based omics technologies in 2007.

Supervisor Research Project 22

Functional Proteomics of GliFlozin Drug (Off) Targets, öffnet eine Datei in einem neuen Fenster

Heinz Wanzenböck

Heinz Wanzenböck

Institute of Solid State Electronics

Dr. Heinz D. Wanzenboeck is Assoc. Professor at the Institute of Solid State Electronics. He is the principal investigator of the Biomedical Microsystems Laboratory. His multinational team (Austria/Spain/Italy/Germany) of currently 9 persons (7male/2female) combines their different skills in engineering and biology. His research focus is (i) direct-write mask-less nanofabrication of sub-100 nm 3D structures (ii) microfabrication of cell culture chips (iii) the study of cellular processes on a microfluidic chip using electron microscopy and non-destructive bioimpedance analysis.

Supervisor Research Project 23

Electrophysiology on a microchip, öffnet eine Datei in einem neuen Fenster

Christoph Herwig

Christoph Herwig

Institute of Chemical, Environmental and Bioscience Engineering

Dr. Christoph Herwig is Professor at the Institute of Chemical, Environmental and Bioscience Engineering. He is the Head of the research area Biochemical Engineering. Previously, he worked at the interface between bioprocess development and facility design in biopharmaceutical industry. His research focus is on experimental and data science methods for integrated efficient bioprocess development along QbD principles for biopharmaceuticals. His research projects are of cross-sectional translational nature.

Supervisor Research Project 24

Digital twin-based bioprocess development for cell and gene therapy, öffnet eine Datei in einem neuen Fenster