1968 – 1973: Diploma study (degree “Dipl.Ing.”) on Technical Chemistry with specialization on Biochemistry/Biotechnology.
1976 – 1980: Doctoral thesis “Transfer of Plasmid-DNA into the bacterium Alcaligenes eutrophus H16″
1974 – 1985: Assistant at the Institute of Biotechnology of TU Graz (Graz University of 1979:
1979: 6 months period in industry (Vogelbusch GmbH, Vienna), Yeast fermentation at 200 m³ scale (continuous)
1983 – 1985: two years period in industry, establishing molecular genetics group, Sandoz (now Novartis) GmbH, Kundl
1985 – 2003: assistant/associate professor at the Institute of Biotechnology, University of Technology, Graz.
1988: Habilitation: “Biotechnology with Special Emphasis on Gene Technology”
1995: Fulbright Senior Research Fellow, Sabbatical at the Center for Molecular Genetics, UCSD, La Jolla, CA
Since 2002: Foundation and leading (CEO) of SME “Molekulare Biotechnologie GmbH”
2003 – Sept 2015: Full Professor (chair) of Molecular Biotechnology at Graz University of Technology
Since Oct. 2015: officially retired, still active in research and teaching, part time employment at TU Graz
Since March 2017: Part time employment at Austrian Centre for Industrial Biotechnology – Key Researcher, PI for projects on Cell and protein engineering
Research interests are focussed on molecular biotechnology and include heterologous gene expression (protein and metabolite production) in industrial microorganisms (bacteria, fungi) , molecular enzymology, enzyme engineering and microbial cell engineering for cell factory construction, biological carbon dioxide fixation for bio-production of chemicals, fuels and biopolymers. Projects funded by national (FWF, FFG, CDG) and international (EU) agencies as well as industry.
Various industry co-operation projects, mostly in the frame of the Austrian Center for Industrial Biotechnology (ACIB) and of the Christian Doppler Laboratories: Topics include recruiting and developing industrial enzymes, heterologous expression of proteins in bacteria and fungi, enzyme engineering by rational and random approaches.
2002-2009: Key Researcher at the Competence Centre “Applied Biocatalysis”
2010-2014: Head of Area “Protein Design and Engineering” and Key researcher of the
Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotechnology (ACIB).
2015: Head of the Area “Bioprospecting and Synthetic Biology” of the Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotechnology (ACIB).
2015: retired from position as university professor, still active in different research projects, mainly in the frame of ACIB (industry cooperation)
2002:-2008: Vice president & President of the Austrian Society for Biotechnology
Member of External Scientific Advisory Boards
Editor of “Journal of Biotechnology”
Board of editors of “Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology”
Editor of FEMS Microbiology Reviews (2011-2013)
2000: DSM Research award
2006: Dr. Wolfgang Houska Award , 1st Price (Team member)
2007: DSM Innovation Award
2009: Dr. Wolfgang Houska Award, recognition price (Team member)
> 30 patent applications
> 140 publications in scientific journals