BLOG TEAM …
The team of acib blog authors is a miscellaneous group of volunteers that have one thing in common: their passion is to explain complex research contents in simple words to a broader public and, thus, to make aware of the perspectives and impact of research results in the field of industrial biotechnology.
MARTIN WALPOT
Martin Walpot

Martin is responsible for public relations and press at acib. He is tightly connected to all acib researchers and is experienced in translating complex scientific contents into understandable formats.


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KATRIN WEINHANDL
Katrin Weinhandl

Katrin is the chief editor of the acib blog and responsible for Funding Programmes & Science Communication at acib. Her background relies on her studies in microbiology.


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OLIVIA LAGGNER
Olivia Laggner

Olivia, currently on maternity leave, is part of the editorial team and works in the group of scientific coordination. Her scientific background results of her studies in molecular biology and biotechnology.


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MARTINA BAUMANN
Martina Baumann

Martina is working as a scientist at acib Vienna and is experienced in CHO cell development and engineering. Besides she is responsible for the coordination of the Area Animal Cell Technology & Engineering.


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VERENA BECK
Verena Beck

Verena is working as area manager at acib Vienna and is responsible for the coordination of the Research Field Bioprocess Engineering. She has a background in biotechnology.


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TOMISLAV CERNAVA
Tomislav Cernava

Tomislav is an acib scientist in Graz and an expert for microbiome studies and -omics data processing. Currently, he is developing novel antimicrobial volatiles for industrial applications.


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KATRIN GREIMEL
Katrin Greimel

Katrin is working as a scientist at acib in Tulln in the field of Polymer- and Environmental Biotechnology. The focus is set to the adaptation and application of enzymes for functionalizing, modifying, recycling and degrading various polymers.


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MARIANNE HABERBAUER
Marianne Haberbauer

Marianne is a scientist at acib in Linz and is experienced in renewable energy production as well as biological CO2 reduction. Her expertise includes bioelectrochemical systems.


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DMYTRO IURASHEV
Dmytro Iurashev

Dmytro works as a scientist at acib. He is applying computational fluid dynamics to the modelling of protein purification and bioconversion of gases.


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DOMINIK JESCHEK
Dominik Jescheck

Dominik works as a junior scientist at acib and is a PhD student of the interdisciplinary PhD training BioToP at BOKU Vienna. The focus of his PhD project aims to get a better understanding of membrane transport mechanisms.


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MELANIE OBERMEIER
Melanie Obermeier

As a PhD candidate/ junior scientist at acib, Melanie contributes to the identification of novel antimicrobials. Her expertise includes bioprospecting and metagenomics.


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BARBARA PETSCHACHER
Barbara Petschacher

Barbara is university assistent at TU Graz and project leader at ACIB. She is an expert in carbohydrate related biotechnology, especially in production of human milk oligosaccharides. She is interested in making biotechnological processes fit for industrial application and in ecological evaluation of biotechnological processes.


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VIKTORIJA VIDIMCE-RISTESKI
Viktorija Vidimce-Risteski

Viktorija’s interest for natural sciences dates back to her high school time. As a scholar she was joining international scientific seminars for young scientists. Later on she studied technical chemistry and biotechnology at Graz University of Technology.

She holds a DI in Biotechnology.She started as a student co-worker at the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology and later on she worked as a lab manager at acib. After finishing her master studies, she is working as a staff scientist on different scientific topics at acib.

Over the years she contributed to diverse acib projects for children and scholars. Her own experience in doing science with children is her fundament in writing scientific blogs for the youngest readers.


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STEFAN WEISS
Stefan Weiss

Stefan was working as a scientist at acib in Vienna and he is experienced in renewable energy production (anaerobic digestion), wastewater treatment and related environmental microbiology.


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BIRGIT WILTSCHI
Birgit Wiltschi

Birgit Wiltschi is a senior scientist and she is leading the synthetic biology group at acib in Graz. She has long-lasting experience in protein engineering with non-canonical amino acids. Her research focus is on biotechnological and medical applications.


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MARGIT WINKLER
Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn Margit Winkler

Senior Researcher and Team Leader at the acib areas Biocatalysis & Enzyme Technology and Bioprospecting & Synthetic Biology at the Graz University of Technology

Margit is Elise-Richter fellow at Graz University of Technology and Senior Researcher at the Austrian Center of Industrial Biotechnology. She studied Technical Chemistry and completed her PhD in Organic Chemistry. As Erwin-Schrödinger fellow, she joined D. O’Hagan at the University of St. Andrews.

Since then, she focused on biocatalysis, bioorganic chemistry and biotechnology and recently submitted her habitation thesis. Margit is interested to find, to use and to improve enzymes for the synthesis of active pharmaceutical ingredients or building blocks thereof.

Representative publications

Margit Winkler, Martina Geier, Steven P. Hanlon, Bernd Nidetzky, Anton Glieder, HUMAN ENZYMES FOR ORGANIC SYNTHESIS, Angew. Chem. Intl. Ed. 2018, DOI: 10.1002/anie.201800678

Margit Winkler, CARBOXYLIC ACID REDUCTASE ENZYMES (CARS), Curr. Opin. Chem. Biol. 2018, 43, 23-29. DOI:10.1016/j.cbpa.2017.10.006

Daniel Schwendenwein, Giuseppe Fiume, Hansjörg Weber, Florian Rudroff, Margit Winkler, SELECTIVE ENZYMATIC TRANSFORMATION TO ALDEHYDES IN VIVO BY FUNGAL CARBOXYLATE REDUCTASE FROM NEUROSPORA CRASSA, Adv. Syn. Catal. 2016, 358, 3414-3421. DOI: 10.1002/adsc.201600914


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GUEST AUTHORS:
JOHN WHITTALL
John Whittall

John has over 40 years experience as an industrial research chemist working for University spin-out- as well as larger chemical companies. As a Research Manager at CoEBio3 (University of Manchester), he has developed a successful track record of forming consortia and writing FP7 and H2020 applications that have attracted significant funding in the field of Industrial Biocatalysis.


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MARK DÜRKOP
Mark Dürkop

Mark holds a PhD in Bioprocess engineering. After 5 years of industry experience, he is currently establishing the foundation to found his own company dealing with hybrid modeling for both up- and downstream.


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SAMANTHA DERKSEN
Samantha Derksen

Samantha studied Technical Physics at TU Wien and holds a Master’s degree (DI) in Physical Energy and Measurement Engineering, where she specialized in ultrasound transducer design. She is now a Business Developer at usePAT GmbH, a TU Wien spin-off which applies ultrasound technology for industrial and R&D PAT-measurements.


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VERENA RESCH
Verena Resch

Verena is a former scientist who worked in the field of biocatalysis. After her time as a PostDoc she left science to become a scientific designer and funded her own agency


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Former Blog Authors and Employees of acib

SABRINA MAYER-MASCHL

Sabrina worked in the scientifc coordination group and was part of the editorial team. She left the company in 2019.

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FRANZISKA WINKLER

Franziska worked in charge of funding and fundraising and left the company in 2019.

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NICOLE WALCH

Nicole worked in the acib area bioprocess engineering and left the company in 2017.

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NIKA LENDERO KRAJNC

Nika worked in the acib area bioprocess engineering and left the company in 2017.

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NINA SCHMIDT

Nina worked in the acib area biocatalysis and enzyme technology and left the company in 2017.

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PARVEEN SARKARI

Parveen worked in the acib area systems biology & microbial cell engineering and left the company in 2017.

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THOMAS STANZER

Thomas is a chemist by training and was responsible for public relations and press at acib. He left the company in 2016.

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