Core Team

  • Lukas first trained as a chemist at Graz University of Technology and conducted research on optical chemical sensors, nanoparticles and functional ceramics. He then switched to systems biology and recently finished his PhD at University of Oxford. His research interests include: bits and atoms, self-organisation and the origin of life, functional chemical interfaces, and principles of regulation in biological systems.

  • Anna studied Biochemistry at the University of Oxford and is now finishing her PhD at Universty College London, where she is using CRISPR/Cas9 technology to study the regulation of transcription in human cells. Her research interests include: regulation of transcription, chromatin architecture, high-throughput screening methods, non-canonical applications of CRISPR/Cas9 technology, bioinformatics & data analysis.

  • Niko studied Informatics and Molecular Biology in Vienna. For his PhD, he did research on semantic web technolgies, before he switched to bioinformatics. Between 2014 and 2016 he worked as a senior post-doc at the University of Oxford’s Wellcome Trust Institute for Human Genetics. Currently, he works at CCRI, Vienna where he investigates rare childhood diseases using bioinformatics. His research interests include: method development in bioinformatics, translational genomics, application and development of semantic web technologies and decentralised computing.

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  • Kilian studied PPE at Sciences Po Paris and economics at the University of Vienna and the London School of Economics and Political Science before going to Oxford, where he conducts doctoral research on the financial history of the late Habsburg Empire and the 1920s in the US. Kilian is particularly interested in the co-evolution of banking systems, financial crisis management and regulation. Having worked in central banking and banking supervision, Kilian believes that a theoretically and empirically grounded understanding of the past has a crucial role to play in informing present economic and financial policy-making.

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Scientific Associates

  • Georg studied Philosophy in Graz and Vienna. While neglecting his studies, configuring linux & unix systems has become his major obsession. He is currently working on his master-thesis exploring the relationship between probability theory and logic. His research interests include: philosophy of complex systems, cognitive science, statistics, probability

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  • Mariangela studied Neuroscience in Pisa (Italy) before moving to Oxford for her PhD. She’s currently working as a postdoctoral researcher, studying learning and memory in the cerebral cortex, the evolutionary most recent area of the mammalian brain. She’s in love with the cortex because its networks of cells are what ultimately makes us humans, and because much about it is still mysterious. She’s interested in telling everyone how cool the brain is, in finding out new ways to make scientists from different disciplines work together, and in making science more approachable and fascinating for the general public.

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  • Sebastian studied medicine in Medellin (Colombia) before he went to Newcastle to study Genetics. He is now finishing his PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Oxford, where he focusses on the application of novel imaging techniques to study sensory processing in the brain. His research interests include: auditory neurosciencefunctional neurophysiology, and the development of novel methods to study neuronal circuits.

    • Unfortunately, no projects are linked to Sebastian Vasquez-Lopez at the moment.
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  • Tobias studies Chemistry for the Life Sciences at the Zurich University of Applied Science in Wädenswil. He is currently working on his master thesis building a new 3D printing platform for the creation of nanostructured porous materials. His interests lie in the exploration of materials on a nansoscale using AFM and SEM as well as the creation of macroscopic structures by fused filament fabrication 3D printing.

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  • Anna studied molecular biology at the University of Vienna and the University of Zurich, focussing on cell biology, immunology and fundamental medical research. For her diploma thesis, she conducted research on alternative signalling pathways in macrophages at the university clinic in Zurich. Anna is particularly interested in low-threshold communication of science. In the context of Otelo Villach, Anna is now collecting and disseminating information on culinary sustainability and diversity, focussing on accessibility, a hands-on approach and the role of public space.

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  • Ursula studied Genetics/Microbiology at the University of Vienna. During her PhD, she focused on allergy research and the innate immune system. Between 2012 and 2016, she trained as a postdoctoral fellow in the field of allergic airway diseases in the lab of Marsha Wills-Karp at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She currently works at the Medical University of Vienna, where her research focuses on innate immunity and the elucidation of novel mechanisms of allergenicity in susceptible individuals.

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  • Josef studied chemistry in Graz. During his MSc-Thesis he conducted research on how to detect organic arsenic compounds using mass-spectrommety, before he started concentrating on the development of lab-on-a-chip technologies in the course of his PhD. His research interests include: the development of integrated analytical devices, and other forms of chemical sleuthing.

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  • Anna studied chemistry at the University of Vienna. She went Berlin for her PhD and joined the Gaduate School MatSEC (Materials for Solar Energy Conversion) at the Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin, where she worked on Kesterites and their application in photovoltaic cells. Her interests include: solid state chemistry, material science, renewable enrgy, chrystallography, digital and analogue photography and the process of analogue film development.

    • Unfortunately, no projects are linked to Anna Ritscher at the moment.
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  • Ralf studied architecture at TU Vienna and TU Berlin. His main interest during his studies was the interface between computational design, additive manufacturing and automated design, with a particular focus on the implementation of digital design processes in the development of architectural concepts. Currently, Ralf works as an architect in an international architecture studio, manages the translation of parametric designs, and conducts research at the interface of computer science and architecture in the course of his PhD studies. His particular research interest lies in the synthesis of natural processes with architecture.

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  • Christine graduated from the University of Vienna with a Ph.D. degree in microbiology and genetics for investigating unique stem-cell mutant of the plant model Arabidopsis thaliana. Her current position is Urban Barcode Program Manager at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s DNA Learning Center. With 10+ years in urban and international education, she dedicates her time, energy and intellect to help students realize their greatest potential in STEM fields and provides traditionally under-represented minorities with multiple entry points to academic and professional careers in STEM disciplines. Current interests include DNA barcoding, eDNA, metagenomics, Big Data, Gamification, Bio Art and all things Food.

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  • Andreas is an architectural designer, researcher and teacher. He has studied at TU Vienna, die Angewandte and UCL. After graduating from the Bartlett he joined the platform Biophile and was appointed associate lectuer at Oxford Brookes University while working in practice in London. Andreas has been involved with GrAB at the IoA in Vienna and is collaborating with Max:R+I and others around the field of environmental and digital design in architecture. His research covers: Integration of CFD in design processes, environmental strategies in architecture, digital design and fabrication and the utilisation of biomimetics to enhance spatial experience.

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    • Unfortunately, no projects are linked to Ha Thi Hoang at the moment.
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  • Roberto studied as a mechanical engineer in Florence where he fell in love with fluid dynamics. While in there he has worked on vertical axis wind turbines and aeroacustics of airplane engines before discovering multidisciplinary optimization systems. During his DPhil at Oxford University he studied, using computational fluid dynamics, the coupling between aerodynamics and heat transfer in high pressure turbines. He is now working as a senior research engineer at von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics on optimization systems for the design of airplane engines. His research interests include: optimization algorithms, machine learning, computational modeling of turbomachinery flows, conjugate heat transfer.

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    • Unfortunately, no projects are linked to Alexander Erlich at the moment.
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Project Partner

  • After finishing studies in Economics & Statistics, Ylli decided to focus his path on digital communication, studying digital marketing in Sheffield. He joined a digital agency in Graz right after his studies and recently joined the iTranslate Team, one of Austria’s most successful start-up companies. His work focuses on innovation in digital communication with focus on digital ecosystems, specifically the mobile communication environment.

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    • Unfortunately, no projects are linked to Korab Qerkini at the moment.
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  • Anna studied architecture in Graz (AT) and Valencia (ES). After studying she worked as an university assistant at the Institut for Architecture and Landscape, TU Graz. She was researching on future hybrid systems combining architecture, sustainable technologies, natural processes and social pratices. Currently, she is working self-employed focussing on vacant premises and their activation through temporary use. Her work interests included: vacancy management, participative processes, hands-on urbanism, social innovation and active citizenship.

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  • Since 2008, Martin Dueller, Andreas Thaler and Simone Dueller have been working as theatre collective a.c.m.e,-. They’ve produced feature-length plays based on their own texts, play readings and performances, while cooperating closely with other protagonists of the theatre scene in Graz and Carinthia. Every two weeks, they produce a new episode of their a.c.m.e,-radiolab, which airs on Radio Agora and is available as a podcast.

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