"Live long and prosper!"
To promote progress in medical technology is the goal of Thomas Kern: Since 2000, the IT specialist uses his experience in the field of software- and knowledge-engineering both in research and development projects and for teaching at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria. He started his career as junior researcher and project manager. In the course of the establishment of the Research Center Hagenberg, he became its director and a few years later, he founded the TIMed Center. As director of the inter-faculty Center for Technological Innovation in Medicine, he coordinates interdisciplinary research activities with partners from the science and the business sector.
Stephan Winkler loves to decode organisms: After graduating from the JKU Linz in a Master degree in informatics, Winkler worked at the Institute for Design and Regulation of Mechatronic Systems in Linz for two years. In 2006, he was employed by the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria in Hagenberg, where he studied the areas of system identification, machine learning and genetic programming. One year after receiving his PhD, in 2009, Winkler became professor at the degree program Medical and Bioinformatics at the FH OÖ. Since 2011, he is head of the research group bioinformatics and teaches symbolic computation at the JKU.
"Never give up!"
Since 2002, Julian Weghuber investigates the microcosm in the human body with passion: After receiving his PhD at the Vienna Biocenter, the geneticist went to the Institute for Biophysics in Linz, were he made his PostDoc. In 2011, he was hired by the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria. Within the last seven years, he directed numerous research projects at the faculty in Wels. Weghuber was granted the professorship for molecular cell physiology at the degree program Food Technology and Nutrition in 2014. Currently, he manages three big research projects, e.g. the design of the K1-Austrian Competence Centre for Feed and Food Quality, Safety and Innovation in Wels.
For Jaroslaw Jacak, molecules and bio particles are like an open book: Every information the ambitious biophysicist explores in the course of monitoring them is meticulously documented instantly. The research effort of the expert for fluorescence microscopy and nano lithography has resulted in more than 30 published papers so far. As manager of numerous R&D- and contract projects, FH-Prof. Jacak - who also teaches at the degree program Medical Device Technology at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria - is one of the driving forces in the TIMed Center. The winner of various awards in research acquired the necessary skills for his work at the Max F. Perutz Laboratories, at the Medical University of Vienna and at the Johannes Kepler University in Linz.
"Huge success always starts with a little first step"
Right out of the lecture hall into the field of science led the way of Viktoria Dorfer. The expert for bioinformatics started her career as a research associate at the campus Hagenberg of the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria right after finishing her master's degree program. Parallel to this, Dorfer made a second master's degree in the field of biomedical informatics. Since 2016, she works as a teaching assistant for machine learning and proteomics at the degree program Medical and Bioinformatics at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria. These subjects are also part of the PhD thesis she is currently working on.
"Curiosity and motivation are the key to success"
Bioinformatics is Susanne Schaller's center of interest: In 2009, she received her first master's degree in this discipline at the Swedish University of Skövde. One year later, she finished her second master's degree program in the field of biomedical informatics at the campus Hagenberg of the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria. Parallel to that, she worked as a software engineer for the company DNASTAR in Wisconsin, USA. After a couple of years abroad, Susanne Schaller decided to join the research group bioinformatics at the campus Hagenberg of the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria. Until today, the TIMed Center's research activities benefit from her expertise.
"Who knows the goal will find a way"
Working on a theoretical level only is something you cannot motivates David Fürst with: Since 2010, the medical engineer supports the research activities of the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria in the field of applied sciences. As a member of the Research Group Surgical Simulators Linz (ReSSL), he is concerned with the development of hybrid mixed-reality simulators. These do not only allow the training of surgical skills under realistic conditions, but also the real-time visualization of interventions thanks to a 3D-computer model. The triatholn enthusiast wrote down his findings in this PhD thesis, which he handed in at the Paracelsus Medical Private Universität Salzburg, the faculty he received his doctor's degree at in 2016.
"Never, never, never give in, except to
convictions of honour and good sense."
His passion for physics led Thomas Haslwanter on a journey around the globe: In the late 1980s, he went to the JILA-Institute in Colorado (USA) to write his master thesis in the field of quantum optics. His doctor thesis about the performance of 3D-motions was handed in at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. In order to intensify his research activities concerning the diagnosis and treatment of patients suffering from vertigo, Haslwanter decided to go to the University of Sydney. After spending three years there, which were followed by an also three years lasting research period at the University of Tübingen, he went back to Zurich to do his habilitation. His international contacts and experiences are something that both students at the degree program Medical Device Technology and members of the TIMed Center benefit from.
"Gods only laugh about human plans"
At quite a young age, Fabian Hauser already had a fascination for the field of science: His first contract as a research associate, he got at the beginning of the third semester of his bachelor studies at the degree program Medical Device Technology at the faculty Linz of the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria. Here, the specialist for C++-programming and 3D superresolution microscopy works until present day. In order to extend his expertise, the former developer of embedded systems does his master studies at the degree program Medical Device Technology, which he is about to finish within the next couple of months. His next step on the career ladder, the talented youngster has already in sight: writing his PhD thesis at the Technical University of Vienna.
"Worthwhile plans often require persistance"
Optical measuring systems in mechatronics are Armin Hochreiner's special field of interest: They were also the subject of the PhD thesis the automation engineer wrote at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) in Linz. He conducted the studies necessary in this context at the Institute for Microelectronics and Micro Sensor Technology of the JKU and at the RECENDT GmbH. After his graduation in 2013, he continued his postdoc-studies at the RECENDT GmbH, where he focused on the field of contactless photoacoustics for biomedical imaging. After completing them in 2015, he decided to become a project engineer at the TTTech Automotive GmbH in Vienna. Since 2016, the expert for photoacoustics, electronics, optics and lithography works as an assistant lecturer and research associate at the faculty Linz of the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria.
"Without questions, no answers can be found"
Exploring the unknown processes in human cells that science has not discovered so far is the job of Andreas Karner. The doctor in biophysics already showed his potential when he still was a student: For his master thesis at the Johannes Kepler University in Linz, he was granted the Wilhelm Macke Award 2015, an honorous degree of his Alma Mater. This first proof of talent led to his employment as a research associate at the Center for Advanced Bioanalysis in Linz, where he wrote an excellent PhD thesis. After his graduation, Karner continued his postdoc-studies at the Center for Advanced Bioanalysis. In summer 2017, he was offered a new challenging job at the faculty Linz of the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria. Here, the expert for atomic force microscopy and single molecule methods uses his skills to support various research projects of the TIMed Center.
"I do not see what has been done already;
I only see what remains to be done."
The province of Upper Austria seems to attract young scientists in the field of medical technology research, as the example of Sandra Mayr shows: After finishing her master's degree program at the University of Vienna - in the course of which she did some research at the University of Salzburg, too - the graduated molecular biologist decided to join the faculty Linz of the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria. Since 2012, she supports the team of Prof. Jacak as a junior researcher in the Center for Supracellular Medical Research. At the moment, the expert for biomedical microscopy is concerned with the creation of an artificial vascular system, which is used to investigate transport processes.
There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds.
The work of Birgit Plochberger begins in the realm that the human eye can no longer grasp. After receiving her doctorate at the Johannes Kepler University in Linz in 2011, she was awarded a post-doctoral international scholarship at the Arizona State University and then received a position as a university assistant at the Vienna University of Technology. In 2016, the expert for spectroscopy, atomic force and fluorescence microscopy moved to FH Upper Austria. Here, the author of numerous publications not only teaches as a professor in medical technology and Applied Technologies for Medical Diagnostics, but also enhance the research activities of the TIMed Center as principal investigator of various funded projects.
"In order to achieve the possible,
the impossible always has to be tried first"
Johannes Preiner is a pioneer in the field of atomic force microscopy of biological systems: The expert for molecular mechanisms in living organisms received his PhD at the Johannes Kepler University in Linz in 2008. During his time as a research associate at this faculty, he used the possiblity to go to Japan twice and did his studies there. In the following years, Dr. Preiner focused on nanoscopic methods in biophysics at the Johannes Kepler University. After that, the internationally popular guest speaker became team leader at the Center for Advanced Bioanalysis in Linz. Since 2017, he works for the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria as a senior researcher. In this function, he is currently concerned with two lucrative projects.
"It gets different, if you think"
The goal of Stefan Salzmann is to establish a stronger connection between prostheses and the human body: This aspiration already became obvious in the master thesis of the graduated medical engineer, which he wrote based on the findings acquired by determining the gait phases of leg amputees. In the course of his internship at the Össur Hf in Reykjavik, he was provided with grounded knowledge necessary for his research. Currently, the prospective PhD in technology studies mechanical engineering at the Technical University in Vienna. Parallel to that, the junior researcher at the faculty Linz of the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austriahe investigates the sensoric feedback transmitted to people with amputed limbs.
"Fantasy is more important than knowledge,
because knowledge is limited."
Andreas Schrempf is strongly connected to the scientific hotspot Upper Austria: The FH-Prof. for biomechanics and model building started his academic career at the Johannes Kepler University in Linz, where he received his PhD in 2004. After finishing his research activities at the Competence Center for Mechatronics in 2005, he decided to take on an important role in the degree program Medical Device Technology at the faculty Linz of the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria. There, Schrempf dedicated his professional life to the development of surgical simulators: For that purpose, he founded the Research Group Surgical Simulators Linz (ReSSL) in 2017, which he is head of, too.
"Live and let live"
Since 1995, information systems are the business of Klaus Arthofer. He spent his first five years in research as a research associate and project leader at the Institute for Application-Oriented Knowledge Processing of the Johannes Kepler University Linz, where he also handed in his PhD thesis. After serving the Vizenz Gruppe as CIO for two years, he decided to take on the professorial chair for business informatics in the healthcare sector at the faculty Steyr of the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria. At first, Arthofer's research focus was directed at holistic process management and company modeling. A few years ago, however, he made a swift towards data management and business intelligence.
Better outcome for the patients -
in combination with decreasing costs
Getting healthy again after an injury or disease is a process. Nobody is more aware of this fact than Gerhard Halmerbauer. In the first seven years of his career, the graduated physician served as a medical assistant at the university clinic for pediatrics and juvenile medicine at the General Hospital in Vienna, where he also conducted his first studies. In 2003, he accepted the job offer of the faculty Steyr of the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, where he became head of the degree programm Health Sciences in 2008. FH-Prof. Halmerbauer supports the TIMed Center with his research activities field of business intelligence and reorganization of clinical core processes in hospitals, which are summed up under the umbrella term "V
"The only cure against superstition is science"
Active ingredient researcher Peter Lanzerstorfer has an eye for the details: In numerous published papers, the expert for cell culture methodology proved that he does not miss any important information. During his PhD studies at the faculty Wels of the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria and at the Johannes Kepler University in Linz, the graduated biotechnologist made remarkable contributions to the success of various projects. After receiving his PhD in 2015, Peter Lanzerstorfer remained at his Alma Mater, the faculty Wels of the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria. There, he does his PostDoc studies in the laboratory of Julian Weghuber, where he also works as a researcher and project manager.
"Measure what is measurable,
and make measurable what is not so"
If there is something in the human body that does not function like it should, Sascha Senck tries to find a solution for that: After his master studies at the Gutenberg-University in Mainz, the German expert for imaging procedures and 3D-printing implants moved to Austria in 2007. At the University of Vienna, he wrote an excellent PhD thesis, which opened the door for his first occupation as a research associate at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria. Since 2013, the graduated biologist conducts his research work at the faculty Wels, where he is also in charge of three projects. About his findings, the winner of the Young Researchers' Award 2016 publishes papers in scientific journals.