Principal Investigator: Rainer Schindl
Rainer Schindl is a biophysists with a strong interest in electrophysiology and uses bio-electronic tools for cell stimulation and drug delivery. He obtained his PhD in technical sciences at the Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria. After completing his habilitation in biophysics at JKU Linz he moved to the Medical University of Graz to start as University Assistant. In 2020, he was promoted as Ass. Professor for Biophysics at the Gottfried Schatz Research Center. He is active in several interdisciplinary projects combining single cell signalling with computer science, structural biology, material science and neuro-science.
Linda Waldherr is a biochemist with research focus on brain cancer research and bioelectronic drug delivery. Currently, she is a 3rd year PhD student under the supervision of PI Rainer Schindl at the Medical University of Graz. Her PhD project, funded by the Austrian Academy of Sciences, focuses on the development of a bioelectronic electrophoretic brain implant for triggered release of chemotherapeutics.
Tony Schmidt is a biochemist focusing on neuronal stimulation and organic semiconductors. He is a 3rd year PhD student under the supervision of PI Rainer Schindl at the Medical University of Graz. In his PhD project, he uses electrophysiological tools and fluorescence microscopy to investigate the nature of light activated photocapacitive devices and organic crystalline structures for neurostimulation and their potential for retinal implants.
Verena Handl is a biochemist, who recently completed her master’s degree in biochemistry and molecular biomedicine at the Karl Franzens University in Graz. She started her PhD project in October 2020 at the Medical University of Graz, supervised by Dr. Silke Patz and PI Rainer Schindl. The purpose of her thesis is the further development and research of the bioelectronic electrophoretic brain implant.
Romana Schober is a molecular biologist that works as a PostDoc at the university of Linz. Her main focus is the research of calcium dependent transcription factor activation together with store-dependent calcium influx. She just started her Hertha-Firnberg Project at the institute of biophysics in a close collaboration with the team of Dr. Rainer Schindl. They are additionally collaborating in another project focusing on STIM activation. Their cooperation has already proven its excellence in several joint publications.
Sabine Erschen is a biotechnologist and completed her master's degree in the field of environmental biotechnology. She provides assistance in laboratory activities and supports the team in their ongoing research projects.