Moves & Milestones

bridges vol. 27, October 2010 / News from the Network: Austrian Researchers Abroad

In its "moves & milestones" section, bridges presents career steps and other outstanding events in the professional lives of Austrian scientists and scholars in the US and Canada.

Alexander Baecker

baecker_alexander_small.jpgis founder and CEO of ab|inventio; his company was recognized in 2010 as one of the Most Innovative Companies of the Year in North America by the International Business Awards.

QLess, a daughter company of ab|inventio, has been recognized as Best Overall Business Services Company by the 2010 American Business Awards. His customers have also won several awards for their QLess installations.
Baecker holds a degree in biology and economics from MIT, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in computation and neural systems and biology from the California Institute of Technology.

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Maria Regina Kecht

kecht_maria_regina_small.jpgwas appointed new academic director (Vizerektorin) of Webster University in Vienna in August 2010.

Kecht brings a wealth of academic and scholarly experience from both the Austrian and the American higher education systems to her new position at the Vienna campus of Webster University. She set up the Rice University Center for the Study of Languages and served as its first director from 1997 to 2002. In her career she has published three books, over 35 articles, several book chapters in peer-reviewed journals and university presses, as well as many book reviews.

Maria Regina Kecht holds a Ph.D. in American studies and Slavic studies from the University of Innsbruck and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Peter Hosemann

hosemann_small.jpgwas appointed assistant professor in the Department of Nuclear Engineering at the University of California at Berkeley.

At Berkeley he leads the nuclear materials research group investigating radiation damage and corrosion issues on materials for nuclear and high energy systems. He also holds an affiliate appointment with his previous employer, the Los Alamos National Laboratory/University of California, and is a visiting scientific professional at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

He received his Ph.D. from the Montanuniversität Leoben in Austria in 2008.

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was appointed group leader at the EMBL Mouse Biology Unit in Monterotondo, Italy, in September 2010.

With his team, he is working on the topic of oncogene dependence. This term describes the phenomenon of cancer cells being dependent on their initiating ("driving") oncogene for their survival, which has direct impact on new treatment options in the clinic: In patients with certain cancers, and in several mouse models of human cancer, interference with the activity of cancer-initiating oncogenes can result in tumor regression.

Prior to his move to Italy, Jechlinger was working as a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Harold Varmus at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York City, in its Cancer Biology and Genetics Program.

Dr. Jechlinger holds a Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of Vienna, Austria.

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Florian Müller

mueller_florian_small.jpgstarted as a postdoctoral research fellow at Institut Pasteur (Paris) in the Computational Imaging & Modeling Group of Dr. Christophe Zimmer in September 2010.

Prior to this position, Mueller conducted the research for his Ph.D. at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the group of Dr. Jim McNally. His research focus was on understanding the dynamic properties of nuclear proteins by combining in vivo microscopy and mathematical modeling. The results have been published in several peer-reviewed publications and most recently in a review article in Current Opinion in Cell Biology.

Florian Mueller received his M.S. from the Karl-Franzens Universität Graz (2005), and his Ph.D. from Graz University of Technology (2008).

Christian Plasser

christian_plasser_small.jpgjoined PayPal, Inc. as head of product management and strategy for the company's newly founded platform business group in the spring of 2010.  

Before joining PayPal, Plasser spent two years at Adobe Systems running the company's online and ecosystems strategy.  He joined Adobe from Yahoo!, Inc., where he spent several years in positions in product management and product strategy, and ran Yahoo!'s business and product incubator in the US, Europe, and Asia.
Plasser holds an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley.  He also holds a M.S. in economics and organizational behavior from Johannes Kepler University Linz.

Johannes Simon Gach

gach_johannes_small.jpgwas appointed senior research associate in the Department of Medicine/ Lurie Cancer Center at Northwestern University in Chicago.
Prior to this position, Gach worked as a postdoc on a Schroedinger Fellowship at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA, in the Department of Immunology and Microbial Science.
Gach holds a master's degree in microbiology from the University of Innsbruck, Austria. He received his Ph.D. from the Institute of Applied Microbiology at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences in Vienna, Austria.
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Jan Karlseder

karlseder_j_small.jpgis the team leader of a study published in the Oct. 3, 2010, issue of Nature Structural and Molecular Biology.

Karlseder is an associate professor in the Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. Also contributing to this work were Stuart Schreiber, Ph.D., of the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT and Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and his postdoctoral fellow Stefan Kubicek, Ph.D.

The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health, the George E. Hewitt Foundation for Medical Research, the Ernst Schering Research Foundation, and the European Union.

Karlseder holds a master's degree in biology from the University of Innsbruck, Austria, and a Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of Vienna, Austria.

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Christopher Kruegel

kruegel_christopher_small.jpg has been named one of this year’s “Top 35 Innovators under 35” by the MIT Technology Review.

Kruegerl is associate professor and holder of the Eugene Aas Chair in Computer Science in the Computer Science Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

For several years, he was an assistant professor with the Secure Systems Lab at the Technical University Vienna. He is also involved in the International Secure Systems Lab and his research interests include most aspects of computer security, with an emphasis on malware analysis, Web security, network security, and vulnerability analysis.

He received his Ph.D. in computer science from the Technical University Vienna, Austria.

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