Latest News from the PDI PLUS Lab
17th of December, 2019:
Kristjan served as reviewer in the mid-term evaluation of the project POLYTHEA (project coordinator Prof. Stephanie Lhez) and was very much impressed by the progress and quality of the PhD theses carried out in frame of the project. Also, the maturity, passion and scientific knowledge of the students is outstanding. Thank you, Stephanie, for the invitation and to Aurore and Rene for the perfect organization of the event.
25th of November, 2019:
Stephanie Lhez and Kristjan have successfully set up an ERASMUS agreement between the Universities of Salzburg and Limoges. In case you are interested in teaching or studying in Limoges please contact Kristjan.
8th of November, 2019:
Michael successfully defended his PhD thesis. Congratulations and very warm welcome as Postdoctoral Researcher in our lab!
12th of September, 2019:
Markus passed his master examination with outstanding success. Congratulations, Markus and good luck for your future. We will miss you.
30th of August, 2019: 2019 ESP-IUPB World Congress Light and Life in Barcelona
! Congratulations to the president of the ESP, Prof. Santi Nonell, to the perfect organization of this amazing event. Christoph and Michael displayed their posters and received excellent feedback to their work. Kristjan organized a symposium on „Environmental Antimicrobial PDT“. Thanks for all the outstanding presentations on an exceptional high scientific level! Kristjan also presented on our recent results on fighting plant pathogens by PDI.
25th of April, 2019:
Congratulations, Fabienne, to the perfect organization ot the 4th GTU Photodynamic Day
and thank you for the invitation. Kristjan presented on Photodynamic Inactivation based on chlorin e6 derivatives against plant pathogens.
20th of September, 2018:
In The Blue Land: Conference Photodynamic Therapy and Photodiagnosis Update 2018
in Kochel am See, Germany. Kristjans presentation on application of the photodynamic approach against phytopathogens was very well received. Very special thanks to Prof. Santi Nonell for the kind invitation to present.
13th of September, 2018:
Christoph finalized his Master thesis and passed the final exam with outstanding success. Congratulations! We are very happy that Christoph will continue his exciting work as PhD student in our team.
4th of July, 2018:
Reza Ghiladi and Kristjan organized a symposium on Antimicrobial PDT at the 10th International Conference on Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines (ICPP-10)
in Munich, Germany. We thank all contributors to the symposium, who made it a full success. Kristjan presented on „New horizons in crop protection: Photodynamic Inactivation against plant pathogens“.
3rd of July, 2018:
On top of Germany! Santi Nonell, Bettina and Kristjan had a great excursion to Zugspitze, the highest mountain in Germany (2962 m). Thank you again for the great day, Santi, filled with amazing views and inspiring scientific discussions.
29th of June, 2018:
Martina, Michael, Christoph and Markus presented their posters at the Paracelsus Science Get Together 2018
21st of June, 2018:
PDI-PLUS goes Italy! Martina, Michael, Christoph and Markus presented their scientific work at the SIFB-ALPE ADRIA Meeting on Photobiology
in Udine. Their participation was supported by travel grants from the Società Italiana di Fotobiologia (SIFB). We thank Prof. Valentina Rapozzi for the very generous scholarships. Kristjan gave an invited talk. The Book of Abstracts can be downloaded here
29th of January, 2018:
Markus reinforced our team today. He is a very valuable asset to the PDI-PLUS lab. Very warm welcome, Markus, we are happy to have you here!
8th of September, 2017:
Michael and Kristjan were very excited to present at the 17th Congress of the European Society for Photobiology
. Michaels poster on Photodynamic Inactivation of plant pathogens was well received. Together with Prof. Adelaide Almeida, Kristjan organized a symposium on Environmental antimicrobial PDT. Thanks for the outstanding speakers to make this symposium a scientific success!
2nd of August, 2017:
Verena successfully defended her PhD thesis. Congratulations and good luck for your further career, we will miss you.
5th of July, 2017:
Jenny passed her final exam today and thereby earned the academic degree „Master of Science“. Congratulations, Jenny and good luck for your future.
9th of June, 2017:
Back to amazing Portugal! The symposium on Antimicrobial Photodynamic Inactivation
organized by Prof. Yingying Huang and Kristjan at the 16th International Photodynamic Association World Congress
at the University of Coimbra
was very well visited and received. We express our sincere thanks to the outstanding experts for presenting their inspiring scientific work in the symposium and to the conference chair Prof. Luis Arnaut for his kind and generous invitation.
25th of May, 2017:
Today we received a honorable award for Michael! He was granted a fellowship to attend the European Society for Photobiology Congress
, in Pisa, 4-8 September 2017. We congratulate Michael and thank Professor Lesley Rhodes, Chair of the ESP Education & Training Committee, for her generous support.
3rd of May, 2017:
Kristjan initiated a workgroup team on Infectious Diseases and Antimicrobial Resistance
at the pre-conference workshop Horizon 2020 – Workshop for Networking and Building Working Groups
in frame of the 10th ECIM and 12th ICCMR World Congress for Integrative Medicine & Health 2017
in Berlin, Germany.
4th of February, 2017: Advisor for health
! Kristjan accepted this honorable duty and now supports the initiative Innovation 4.X.
21st of January, 2017:
Kristjan joined the Innoversum-meeting „Paradigma digitalis“ organized by the Platform Innovation 4.X
19th of January, 2017:
Good news: Christoph has joined our team as master student.
1st of January, 2017:
The lab PDI-PLUS is now member of the Department of Cell Biology and Physiology. We are very excited!
15th of July, 2016:
A great day for our lab! Today we got a manuscript accepted for publication in The Lancet Infectious Diseases (IF=21.372).
11th of July, 2016:
Lucie joins our lab for a practical course. Warm welcome, Lucie, we are happy to have you with us.
5th of July, 2016:
We are very honored to organize a symposium on „Antimicrobial Photodynamic Therapy“ at the 9th International Conference on Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines (ICPP-9)
to be held from 3rd – 8th July 2016 in Nanjing, China. Kristjan presented on „Photodynamic decontamination as tool for increasing food safety“.
24th of June, 2016: 7th Paracelsus Science Get Together
, Salzburg, Austria.
4th of June, 2016:
Finally back to our friends at the Gebze Technical University in Turkey! Kristjan gave a presentation on „New horizons in antimicrobial treatment: Concepts of boosting Photodynamic Inactivation with nanotechnology“ at the 12th Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Conference (NanoTR-12)
. Special thanks to Prof. Uygar Tazebay for the kind invitation and to Prof. Dogan Erbahar for the perfect organization. The conference was a full success.
3rd of March, 2016:
Barbara has passed her final exam and thereby earned the title Master of Science. Congratulations, Barbara!
29th of February, 2016:
Nicole successfully defended her PhD thesis and earned the title „Dr. rer. nat.“. She gave an excellent presentation and demonstrated her outstanding expert knowledge on PDI. Well done, Niki!
4th of February, 2016:
Forum-Meeting: „Komplementärmedizin in europäischen Forschungsprogrammen und in der öffentlichen PatientInnenversorgung“ at the General Hospital in Vienna, Austria. Kristjan presented our work in a talk on „Photodynamic Inactivation based on natural photosensitizers as effective antimicrobial approach“.
26th of January, 2016:
Kristjan gave a presentation with the title „Addressing challenges in the time-resolved analysis of metabolic processes: Automated monitoring of the intracellular protoporphyrin IX – synthesis for Photodynamic Tumor Therapy“ at the Fifth Annual Conference of The Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening (SLAS)
, San Diego, USA.
11th of November, 2015:
Martina passed her final exam with greatest success today and thereby earned the academic degree „Master of Science“. Congratulations, Martina. We are happy with you.
19th of October, 2015:
We were very honored to welcome Professor Uygar H. Tazebay from Gebze Techical University
at our lab PDI-PLUS. Professor Tazebay gave a well-received presentation with the title „Coiled-coil domain-containing protein 124 (Ccdc124) is a centrosome and midbody protein involved in cytokinetic abscission“. Thank you for your visit, the interesting talk and the fruitful and inspiring discussion!
30th of September, 2015:
Kristjan gave a presentation in frame of the Science Webinar on ‚ Addressing challenges in data collection:The role of automation in complex translational research
‚. The webinar is available on demand here
4th of September, 2015:
Barbara presented her poster and Kristjan gave an invited talk at the 16th Congress of the European Society for Photobiology ESP2015
in Aveiro, Portugal.
1st of July, 2015:
Armin Fluch again published an excellent newspaper article in „Der Standard“. He discusses our work on Photodynamic Decontamination of foodstuff with other very promising approaches of our partners, namely Cold Plasma (PD Dr. Tim Maisch, University Hospital Regensburg) and Light Pulse Technology (DDI Victoria Heinrich, OFI). Please find the online version of the article here
22nd of June, 2015:
Barbara received a travel grant from the Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences for the 16th Congress of the European Society for Photobiology, Aveiro, Portugal. She will be able to present a poster there. Congratulations!
15th of June, 2015:
Kristjan gave a talk on „Photodynamic Inactivation based on natural photosensitizers as effective antimicrobial approach“ at the First GTU Photodynamic Day
at the Gebze Technical University
, Turkey. Thanks to Prof. Fabienne Dumoulin and Prof. Vefa Ahsen for the kind invitation.
5th of May, 2015:
Kristjan gave a talk at Tecan Austria.
30th of April, 2015:
Samurdi passed her Master exam today. Congratulations and good luck!
3rd of March, 2015:
Nicole and Kristjan joined the 3rd LETEK forum in Regensburg, Germany „Innovative Technologien für keimfreie Oberflächen“. Please find the full program here
26th of January, 2015:
Nicole and Kristjan gave invited talks at the Ist Internacional Caparica Conference in Antibiotic Resistance
, Lissabon, Portugal.
14th of November, 2014:
Kristjan gave a talk at the event: Lichtpulstechnologie und Photodynamik, OFI Technologie & Innovation“, Klosterneuburg, Austria.
12th of November, 2014:
PDI-PLUS @ „Der Standard“. Armin Fluch has written an excellent article on our research on Photodynamic decontamindation of foodstuff. Please find it here
11th of July, 2014:
PDI-PLUS is on TV again! Dr. Mayr and her team from the ORF visited us and recorded a TV report on „Curry gegen Keime“, which could be seen on local TV and Austria-wide.
27th of June, 2014:
Nicole and Andre presented their scientific achievements as posters at the Paracelsus Science Get Together 2014, Salzburg, Austria.
26th of June, 2014:
Together with his partners Prof. Ghiladi and Prof. Wainwright Kristjan had the honorable opportunity to organize a symposium on „Antimicrobial Photodynamic Therapy“ at the 8th International Conference on Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines (ICPP-8)
, Istanbul, Turkey. We heard five excellent talks given by top researchers in this field. Kristjan reported on „Photodynamic Inactivation based on natural photosensitizers for food decontamination“.
21st of May, 2014:
Nicole and Kristjan joined the 2nd LETEK forum in Regensburg, Germany „Technologie-Forum Gefahr für Tier und Mensch – Pathogene Keime entlang der Lebensmittelkette“. Please find the full program here
4th of October, 2013:
Kristjan gave a talk with the title „Natural drugs to combat bad bugs: photodynamic inactivation based on water-soluble formulations of hypericin or curcumin as novel approach to cure bacterial infections“ at the 6th European Congress for Integrative Medicine (ECIM), Berlin, Germany.
6th of September, 2013:
We had the great honor to provide technical support to the project „cell camera“ of the bio-artist Mag. Reinhard Nestelbacher. Reinhard’s artwork is presented at the ARS ELECTRONICA
from 5.9.2013 to 9.9.2013. There were also two reports on TV (ORF Salzburg and Oberösterreich).
12th of April, 2013:
Doris passed her final exam with outstanding success today and thereby earned the (second) academic degree „Master of Science“. Congratulations, Doris, and good luck for your future!
13th of March, 2013:
Kristjan joined the 1st LETEK forum in Regensburg, Germany on „Pathogene und multiresistente Keime: Gefahrenquellen der Lebensmittelkette und deren Auswirkungen“. We discussed applications of PDI in food safety. Please find the full program here
7th of November, 2012:
Julia passed her final exam with outstanding success today and thereby earned the academic degree „Master of Science“. Congratulations, Julia, we are very proud of you! Good luck for your future.
18th of October, 2012:
Kristjan gave a talk with the title „PDI goes green: Photodynamic Inactivation of bacteria based on natural photosensitizers“ at the the 9th International Symposium Photodynamic Therapy and Photodiagnosis in Clinical Practice, Brixen, Italy.
15th of July, 2012:
Alexandra Rettenbacher successfully passed her final exam and thereby earned the academic degree „Bachelor of Science in Health Studies“. We congratulate and wish good luck for your future!
2nd of July, 2012:
Kristjan gave a talk on „Apoptosis in Cancer Cells Induced by Photodynamic Treatment“ at the Seventh International Conference on Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines (ICPP-7)
, Jeju, Korea.
29th of June, 2012:
Nicole presented two posters at the Paracelsus Science Get Together 2012, Salzburg, Austria.
26th of June, 2012:
Verena Lunzer passed her final exam with greatest success today and thereby earned the academic degree „Master of Science“. Congratulations, Verena, and good luck for your future!
13th of June, 2012:
Nicole passed her final exam with outstanding success today and thereby earned the academic degree „Master of Science“. Congratulations, Nicole, well done!
4th of May, 2012:
Kristjan got interviewed by the ARD Nachtmagazin in the context of the Red Bull Paper Wings – Worldwide Paper Plane Contest 2012.
13th of March, 2012:
Members of our Team joined the 3rd OTPD forum in Regensburg, Germany on „Lebensmittelsicherheit Neue Wege gegen EHEC, ESBL, MRSA und Co.?“. We discussed about applications of PDI in food safety. Please find the full program here
1st of February, 2012:
Sandra won a grant for her PhD at the University in Glasgow, UK. Congratulations and good luck!