The ASciNA Mentoring Program (AMP) is generously supported by the Alumni Club of the Medical University of Vienna. This program seeks to develop a mentoring framework, where established Austrian scientists/scholars and professionals provide guidance, experience and knowledge to early career researchers from Austria.
Applications for the new mentoring cycle of the ASciNA mentoring program starting in July 2013 are now possible. The aim of the AMP is to help young researchers from all kinds of disciplines with their career planing during their (at least one-year-long) stay in North America. By definition "mentees" are Austrian scientists at the beginning of their scientific career, who already work in North America when the AMP starts in July 2013. The Alumni Club of the Medical University of Vienna is again going to support two mentoring pairs, when the mentee is an Alumni of the Medical University of Vienna. Also, the Technical University of Graz will support two teams.
A brief overview
How to apply
If you are interested in becoming a mentor or mentee please contact Beatrix Aigner-Köfinger (administration) via firstname.lastname@example.org. We kindly ask scientists, who are interested in becoming a mentor to fill out this mentor data form and send it to us. The same applies to young researchers and future mentees, who are asked to fill out this mentee data form. Please attach also a short CV. Thank you!
Lisa Gfrerer, M.D., B.A.
Lisa Gfrerer graduated from the Medical University of Vienna (MUV) in 2011 and obtained a bachelor in political science shortly after. Starting 2006 she worked as a research assistant at the MUV at the Department of Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and the Department of Urology. Currently she is pursuing a career in academic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery as a research fellow at the Massachusetts General Hospital/ Harvard Medical School in Boston. She is specialized on investigation of the developmental and genetic basis of craniofacial morphogenisis, especially cleft lip and palate in the zebrafish model organism.
Mentee Lisa Gfrerer was matched with Gerald Brandacher, M.D.
Todoric, M.D., Ph.D.
Jelena Todoric, who is originally a native of Serbia, graduated from the Medical University of Vienna (MUV) in 2004. She then started her Ph.D. at the Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism and did research on low-grade chronic inflammation in adipose tissue in obesity and its impact on systemic inflammation and overall metabolic changes.Currently she is a PostDoc at the University California San Diego (UCSD), Department of Pharmacology, School of Medicine. Her focus lies on studying cancer cell metabolism and the role of chronic inflammation in tumor development in the context of obesity/overweight.
Mentee Jelena Todoric was matched with Eva Schernhammer, M.D., DrPH
Gerald Brandacher, M.D.
Gerald Brandacher is the scientific director of the Johns Hopkins Composite Tissue Allotransplantation (CTA) program and also a visiting associate professor of surgery in the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. Prior to joining Johns Hopkins in 2010, Gerald Brandacher was a key member of the hand transplant programs in Innsbruck and at the University of Pittsburgh. He was part of the team performing the first bilateral hand transplant and first forearm transplant in the US. His main scientific interests are donor-specific immune tolerance and immunomonitoring strategies.
Schernhammer, M.D., DrPH
Eva Schernhammer is an associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology at Harvard Medical School in Boston. As adjunct faculty of the Department of Epidemiology at the Medical University of Vienna she is engaged in several projects involving Austrian health data. Eva Schernhammer graduated from the Medical University of Vienna (MUV) in 1992. In 2003 she both completed a masters degree in Psychology at University of Vienna and her Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) in Epidemiology from Harvard School of Public Health. Her research focuses on the Epidemiology of chronic diseases like cancer, coronary heart disease, and neurodegenerative diseases. She is also interested in circadian phase, shift work and breast cancer.
Mentee Oliver Hauser, Harvard University, Cambridge - Mentor Günter Wagner, Yale University, New Haven
Mentee Iris K. Gratz, University of California, San Francisco - Mentor Jörg Fritz, McGill University, Montreal
Mentee Stefan Schaller, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Cambridge - Mentor Peter Nagele, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis
Presentation of the AMPASciNA in cooperation with the Alumni Club of the Medical University of Vienna presented the AMP on March 21, 2012 in Vienna.
Alessandra Handisurya, M.D.
In September 2010 Alessandra Handisurya, who is a
board-certified dermatologist, started a postdoctoral research
fellowship at the National Institutes of Health. She joined the National
Cancer Institute, Division of Basic Sciences to do research on
papilloma viruses and to develop future strategies for vaccines. In 2001
she graduated from the Medical University of Vienna and became a
postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Dermatology, Division of
Immunology, Allergy and Infectious Diseases (DIAID). From 2003 until
2010 she was a resident at DIAID. She has shown interest in medical
research since 1996.
David Stelzeneder, M.D.
Since August 2010 David Stelzeneder is a research
fellow in the hip research group of Dr. Young-Jo Kim at the Department
of Orthopedic Surgery at the Children’s Hospital Boston/Harvard Medical
School. He graduated from the Medical University of Vienna (MUV) in 2008
and then started working on his PhD thesis at the Center of Excellence
High-field MR/Department of Radiology (MUV). Around the same time he
took up a yearlong Orthopedic residency at the Orthopedic Center
Donauzentrum in Vienna. His clinical research is focusing on
morphological and quantitative (biochemical) magnetic resonance imaging
techniques for the spine, hip and knee.
Edda Fiebiger, PhD
Since 2007 Edda Fiebiger is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School. From 2000 to 2005 she worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School and then became an instructor for Pediatrics. She is a pharmacist by training and received her PhD from the Medical University of Vienna in 1998. Now her main focus is cellular immunology and in particular allergies.
Alexander Rauscher, PhD
|In 2005 Alexander Rauscher, who is a physicist by training, graduated from the Technical University of Vienna (TU). In 2010 he took position as an Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia in the UBC MRI Research Centre. He is working in the field of magnetic resonance imaging and focuses on investigative and diagnostic imaging of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson disease and multiple sclerosis. He developed new methods of data acquisition and post processing. Apart from neurodegenerative diseases, he is also interested in blood oxygenation sensitive MRI and time resolved vascular imaging.|
Mentee Jonathan Rameseder,currently
PhD-Student for the Computational Systems Biology Initiative at the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MAwas matched with Christian Forst, PhD,
who works as an Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of
Biomedical Sciences, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in
Mentee Jürgen Köfinger, PhD, who is a physicist by training and currently a Postdoc at the Laboratory of Chemical Physics, National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health(NIH) was paired with Ruth Pfeiffer, PhD a Principal Investigator at the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, National Cancer Institute, NIH in Bethesda, Maryland.
Mentee Christoph Mikulaschek, who has a law degree, worked as a Senior Policy Analyst at the International Peace Institute and recently started his PhD at Princeton University was paired with Alfred Gusenbauer, PhD, former Chancellor of Austria and now Chief Executive Officer of Gusenbauer Projektentwicklung und Beteiligung GmbH, Co-Founder of Cudos Advisors GmbH.