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I studied physics and biophysics at the University of Heidelberg and in Sankt Petersburg on a Baden-Wuerttemberg Scholarship. I spent my research career developing and applying various imaging techniques for life sciences, including fluorescence, super-resolution, cryo-light, transmission electron and scanning electron microscopy, and electron and correlative soft x-ray tomography. After my tenure as a guest scientist at EMBL in Jan Ellenberg’s lab to study chromatin organization with fluorescence microscopy-based methods, I did my PhD at the Max Planck Institute of Biophysics in Frankfurt in Werner Kuehlbrandt’s lab on method development in electron microscopy. I finished my studies with distinction (summa con laude), and received a DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) Fellowship to continue my research in imaging at the University of California San Francisco and at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab to correlate soft x-ray tomography and cryo-light microscopy. I am a fellow of the German Scholars Organization. I started my position as the director of BioImaging Austria – CMI in October 2016. My goal is to integrate CMI as the Austrian imaging Node into the Euro-BioImaging project and to establish CMI as an internationally visible technology center for multimodal correlated imaging. Currently, I am also Chair of the COST Action COMULIS (‘Correlated Multimodal Imaging in Life Sciences’) with 36 participating countries. I have substantial expertise in diverse imaging technologies and their application in life sciences and in management of research infrastructures. I am coordinating more than 35 facilities and research groups for preclinical and biological imaging to develop and establish novel multimodal imaging pipelines and to offer these imaging workflows as a service to international scientists from academia or industry.
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