2003-2009 TU Vienna, Diplom in Physics
PhD in Physics (2014), TU Berlin
2009-2015 TU Berlin; 2001 Forster metal factory; 2002 Mondi Business paper factory
Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Theoretical Physics, Oxford
University of Oxford
Favourite thing to do in research: Exploring unexpected phenomena
I am doing theoretical biophysics funded by the European Union
I live with my family in Oxford and enjoy exploring Oxford and Oxfordshire by bike and pushchair. I like all kinds of food except cucumber what I really dislike.
I study how bacteria swim in biological fluids
With the help of computer simulations I try to understand how micro-organisms such as bacteria or sperm cells move in the human body. Many bacteria rotate helical appendages attached at the end of their body which help them to move forward. I am investigating how such bacteria move in human body fluids such as blood or mucus. Mucus, for example, covers the lungs and stomach and act as a shield against bacterial invasion. Sometimes, however, these harmful bacteria can swim through mucus and attack your body. Also bacteria have to follow the laws of physics! And I am finding out which forces may help them to swim through or stop them to move.
My Typical Day
Telling the computer to do calculations for me, and check if it isn’t doing stupid things
In fact, there are not many typical days, most of them are very different from each other. Usually I work in my office in front of a computer, or doing calculations with pen and paper. There is a bunch of things I am doing at work, in a random order, but not every day the same things: Doing calculations with the computer and by hand, writing computer code, analysing the results from computer simulations, creating nice figures and movies from data, reading and answering E-mails, reading scientific papers, discussing with colleagues, skype calls with other scientists, writing scientific papers, and doing some administrative stuff (which is usually boring, in contrast to the other things).
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
An Austrian Physicist
What's the best thing you've done as a researcher?
Going to conferences in China and the US, and presented my work there
What or who inspired you to become a researcher?
Curiosity; and my Physics teacher
What was your favourite subject at school?
What did you want to be after you left school?
I had no idea
Were you ever in trouble at school?
not seriously, luckily
If you weren't a researcher, what would you be?
a programmer probably
Who is your favourite singer or band?
there are many… For example Nick Cave, and Sonic Youth
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Going to Marocco by car
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
a permanent job in science, longlife health and a house on the beach
Tell us a joke.
I don’t know any, although I really like good humor