Moves & Milestones

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.

bridges vol. 37, May 2013 / News from the Network: Austrian Researchers Abroad


Amon AngelikaAngelika Amon

received the Ernst Jung Prize in Medicine for her pioneering work on the control of chromosomal segregation and the cellular consequences of chromosome mis-segregation.

She shares this year's prize with Prof. Ivan Dikic of the Frankfurter Goethe University. The prize is endowed with €300,000 and is awarded to promote groundbreaking medical research.

Amon is an investigator at Howard Hughes Medical Institute and professor in the Department of Biology and David Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

She received her Ph.D. from the University of Vienna in 1993 and completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Whitehead Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 1999, she joined the MIT Center for Cancer Research and the Department of Biology and, in 2007, was promoted to full professor.

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Peter HosemannHosemann Peter

is the PI on the UC-Berkeley component of a multidisciplinary university team involving UCLA (lead), UCB, and Yale, which was awarded a grant of US $5 million over five years by the Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI).

The UCLA-UCB-Yale team will investigate if, and how, low-melting liquid metals can be used as a heat transport fluid in solar thermal applications. One challenge faced by Peter Hosemann's team is the extreme corrosion of structural materials in this application, since many liquid metals are highly corrosive to steel at elevated temperatures.

Hosemann is an assistant professor in the Department of Nuclear Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his Ph.D. in 2008 from the Montanuniversität Leoben in Austria and has been engaged in liquid metal-related research for the past 10 years.

A recent publication on this topic appeared in Corrosion Science: "Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) on Oxide Layers formed on D9 stainless steel in Lead Bismuth Eutectic (LBE)

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Ederer FlorianFlorian Ederer

has accepted a tenure-track position and, as of July 2013, will be an assistant professor of economics at the School of Management at Yale University.

He is currently assistant professor of strategy and economic policy at the Anderson School of Management at UCLA. His areas of specialization are contract theory, organizational economics, and social learning.

Florian Ederer completed his undergraduate studies in economics at Worcester College, University of Oxford. He pursued graduate studies in economics at Nuffield College, University of Oxford (M.Phil.), and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Ph.D.).

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Harald OttOtt Harald

recently published an article in Nature Medicine on "Regeneration and experimental orthotopic transplantation of a bioengineered kidney."

Together with his team, Harald Ott has grown a kidney in the laboratory and implanted the organ into a living rat, where it worked successfully. This is an important step towards the longer-term goal of growing personalized replacement organs that could be transplanted into people with kidney failure.

Harald Ott received his M.D. from the University Innsbruck, Austria. He is an instructor in surgery and has his lab at Massachusetts General Hospital's Center for Regenerative Medicine. In 2012 he received venia legendi (habilitation) from the Medical University of Vienna.

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Schweitzer PeterPeter Schweitzer

left the University of Alaska Fairbanks after 22 years and returned to Austria, where he accepted a professorship in the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Vienna.

His research interests include the anthropology of climate change; the study of indigenous movements, cultures, and identities; post-socialism; as well as the application of socio-ecological systems perspectives.

A student exchange program enabled Schweitzer to spend a year of study in Leningrad and to begin ethno-historic research about the Chukchi Peninsula in the Russian Far East just as "perestroika" was beginning. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Vienna in 1990. In 1991 he joined the Department of Anthropology at UAF as a visiting assistant professor and became a full professor there in 2002.

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Barbara FranzBarbara Franz

was promoted to full professor in the Political Science Department at Rider University, Lawrenceville, New Jersey.

She has been the immigration specialist for the transdisciplinary research project "Serious Beats" based at the University of Vienna's Communication Department and the Vienna University of Technology's Institute of Design and Assessment of Technology. The project was funded by the Vienna Science and Technology Fund (WWTF).

Barbara Franz studied journalism and communication science at the University of Vienna and received her Ph.D. in international relations from Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

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Dauth AlexanerAlexander Dauth

was recently awarded an Azrieli Postdoctoral Fellowship by the Azrieli Foundation in the amount of US $40,000. After completing his Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia with Prof. Jennifer Love, he will pursue postdoctoral studies at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, working for Prof. David Milstein.

Dauth has developed novel rhodium-based complexes and studied their reactivity in order to better understand current catalytic transformations and to design new ones. At the Weizmann Institute, he will focus on stereoselective iron-catalyzed reductions of ketones and carbon dioxide as an environmentally benign way to produce chiral alcohols, which are important building blocks in areas such as the pharmaceutical industry.

Dauth has received his master's degree in organic chemistry from the University of Vienna and is currently completing his doctoral studies in the field of organometallic chemistry and catalysis.

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Herbert C. KelmanHerbert C. Kelman

received the Gold Medal of Honor from the Federal Capital of Vienna, "in recognition of his significant achievements."

The medal was presented to him at a ceremony in Vienna's City Hall on December 12, 2012.

Herbert C. Kelman is the Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics, Emeritus, at Harvard University and, from 1993 to 2003, was director of the Program on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution at Harvard's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.

Kelman was born in Vienna in 1927, escaped Nazi persecution with his family in 1939, and settled in the United States in 1940. He received his Ph.D. in social psychology from Yale University in 1951.


Posch ChristianChristian Posch

recently published an article in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) entitled "Combined targeting of MEK and PI3K/mTOR effector pathways is necessary to effectively inhibit NRAS mutant melanoma in vitro and in vivo."

He is a Postdoctoral Scholar at the UCSF Department of Dermatology at Mt. Zion Cancer Research Center. His primary research focus is melanoma (epi)genetics and targeted therapy of cutaneous melanoma.

Christian Posch received his M.D. from the University of Vienna and currently has a dermatology residency "on hold" at the Rudolfstiftung Hospital Vienna.

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Alexander SomekSomek Alexander

is currently an LAPA fellow at Princeton University (September 2012 to June 2013) and will work on the project "The Cosmopolitan Constitution."

Princeton University's Program in Law and Public Affairs (LAPA) explores the role of law in constituting politics, society, the economy, and culture. (

Alexander Somek holds the Charles E. Floete Chair in Law at the University of Iowa College of Law, where he became a law professor in 2003.

Before moving to the United States, he was an associate professor in the Faculty of Law of the University of Vienna. His work has focused mostly on historical transformations of the authority of law and how these are reflected in legal scholarship. Professor Somek earned "habilitations" in both legal philosophy (1992) and public law (2001) at the University of Vienna.

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Duma AndreasAndreas Duma

has received an extension of his Max Kade stipend. Since April 2012, he has been a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Anesthesiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri.

 The extension allows him to continue his main research project, "Genetic risk factors for perioperative myocardial infarction," and several other clinical investigations.

 Under the mentorship of Dr. Peter Nagele (the past ASciNA president), Andreas Duma has gained expertise in clinical research with a focus on perioperative cardiac disease as well as nitrous oxide anesthesia. In addition, he is currently enrolled in the Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) degree program at Washington University ( This highly regarded program provides comprehensive knowledge and skills for excellence in clinical investigation.

 Duma holds an M.D. from the Medical University of Vienna, Austria, where he started his residency in anesthesiology, intensive care, and pain medicine in 2008.

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Theresa ThalhamerThalhamer Theresa

has acceped a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Salzburg in February 2013. Her current field of research is "Genetic Vaccination in Allergy Treatment" (,65743&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL).

She previously worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Brigham and Women's Hospital at the Harvard Institutes of Medicine in Boston, researching molecules that affect T-cell polarization and function and how these proteins influence autoimmunity. Thalhamer and her former colleagues have published a report of their project in Nature (

Theresa Thalhamer studied genetics/molecular biology at the University of Salzburg. Her diploma thesis dealt with "Gene Shuffling and In Silico Mutation: Two Approaches to Design Hypoallergenic Molecules for Allergy Treatment." She received her Ph.D. from the University of Glasgow in 2009.

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Alexander RoedlachAlexander Rödlach

together with Emily Frank from Indiana University, recently published the article, "To Disclose or Not to Disclose, That is the Question! Antiretroviral Therapy, Access to Resources, and Stigma in Southern Africa" (Journal of Southern African Studies 39/1:119-133). The article explores why individuals who are HIV-positive and entitled to receive free antiretroviral treatment decide not to enroll in treatment programs.

Rödlach is an associate professor of anthropology and psychiatry and director of the graduate program in medical anthropology at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.

He holds a master's degree in theological studies from the Theologisch-Philosophische Hochschule Sankt Gabriel (Mödling, A), a master's degree in anthropology from Catholic University of America (Washington, DC), and a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Florida (Gainesville, Florida).

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Christian FrechFrech Christian

recently received his Ph.D. from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, writing his doctoral dissertation on "Comparative Genome Analysis of Malaria Parasite Species."

He is going to return to Austria and work as a bioinformatician at the Children's Cancer Research Institute (CCRI, in Vienna.

Frech studied bioinformatics in Hagenberg, Austria, before going to Vancouver to pursue his doctoral studies.

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