Meet our first-class research and development team, working to develop advanced methods tailored to each of our speciality sectors.
Dr. Hannes Dörfler
Dr Hannes Dörfler is a chemist by training and received his PhD from the Molecular Systems Biology Department at the University of Vienna.
After a three-year postdoctoral phase at the company Boehringer Ingelheim in Germany where he was working on Omics-based biomarkers, he joined DPU as a staff scientist.
Hannes Dörfler has expertise in biochemistry and pharmaceutical development, and also works with multivariate statistical analysis of big data towards pattern recognition and biological interpretation.
With over 16 years of experience in teaching and research in social and political sciences, Dr. Sebastian Fitzek obtained his Ph.D. in sociology at the West University of Timisoara in 2010 and successfully completed his postdoctoral studies at the Romanian Academy in October 2015.
Since October 2022, Sebastian Fitzek has been a full-time researcher at Medical Image Analysis & Artificial Intelligence (MIAAI) in the Department of Healthcare Evaluation, playing an important role in developing research projects, writing scientific articles from the perspective of medical sociology, evaluating and promoting results, supporting the whole team in different development goals, teaching and supporting specialty courses at Danube Private University (DPU), as well as other strategic implementation tasks in the medium and long term. Sebastian Fitzek has been an expert member in several international projects and is an author of articles and books in the fields of sociology, political science, anthropology, data science and social work. Sebastian Fitzek has participated in more than 50 conferences and is the author and co-author of nationally and internationally scientifically indexed articles and chapters.
Dr. Sebastian Fitzek
Dr. Geevarghese George
Geevarghese George obtained his PhD in Physics from the University of Strasbourg, France, for his work conducted at the Institut Charles Sadron (Theory and Simulation of Polymers group), CNRS, France. His thesis was generally on the study of statistical and dynamical properties of freestanding polymer films using numerical methods. Building on this experience and the experience gained through other self-directed machine learning projects, he started as a researcher at the MIAAI centre in May 2022. At MIAAI, in close collaboration with other researchers and specialists, his main focus is on the design and development of machine learning and deep learning pipelines to analyze medical images.
Dr Amirreza Mahbod obtained his BSc and first MSc degrees in electrical engineering from the Iran University of Science and Technology in Tehran. He also received a second MSc in biomedical engineering from the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.
Amirreza Mahbod completed his PhD in 2020 from the Medical University of Vienna, Austria, where he served as an industrial PhD fellow, working jointly at the Medical University of Vienna and TissueGnostics GmbH. For his PhD thesis, he mainly worked on segmenting and classifying various structures and tissues in microscopic images. After completing his PhD, he continued to work at the Medical University of Vienna as a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Pathophysiology and Allergy Research. Since August 2022, he has been a full-time AI researcher at Medical Image Analysis & Artificial Intelligence (MIAAI) at Danube Private University (DPU).
Amirreza Mahbod's main areas of research are medical image analysis, computer vision, machine learning and deep learning, on which topics he has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals and conferences. He is particularly interested in developing novel deep learning-based methods for histological image analysis.
Dr. Amirreza Mahbod
Since November 2022, Camilla Neubauer is filling a part-time position as a junior researcher at the Medical Image Analysis & Artificial Intelligence group in the area of Healthcare Evaluation. Her main emphasis lies in the preparation and team-based conduction of diverse types of reviews investigating approaches, potentials, impacts and links on the use and integration of artificial intelligence amongst various levels in the field of healthcare. She is supporting the strategic development of the group and new research projects.
Camilla Neubauer obtained an MA in Management of Health Institutions from the IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems. Currently, she is also a doctoral student of Management and Economics in Healthcare at the UMIT TIROL, the Private University for Health Sciences and Health Technology in Hall in Tyrol.
She worked as a midwife in the clinical setting for many years. Further she has gained experience in generating evidence synthesis and is still working part-time as an academic associate for Cochrane Austria at the University for Continuing Education Krems, in the Department for Evidence-based Medicine and Evaluation, conducting Rapid Reviews in a team-based approach for the evidence-based information centre for nurses.
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Dr. Florian Schwarzhans
Florian Schwarzhans holds an MSc degree in Medical Informatics from the Medical University of Vienna.
He has a background in informatics with a focus on programming using C, C++, MatLab and Python, as well as a background in electronics specializing in biomedical engineering.
His research interests include medical image processing with a special focus on automatic graph-based segmentation algorithms, deep learning methods for both image classification and segmentation, and the development and implementation of parallel algorithms for medical image processing and analysis using CUDA.
He has developed real-time retinal tracking software for a prototype PS-OCT system and software for fast parallel reconstruction of OCT volumes from raw data via the GPU, which is actively being used in multiple OCT systems.
Dr.in Inna Servetnyk
Inna Servetnyk is a board certified pathologist (Fachärztin für klinische und molekulare Pathologie) teaching pathology and histology at the DPU and collaborates in research projects with MIAAI.
After graduation in Medicine from the Medical University of Charkiw in Ukraine she completed her medical training in anatomical and surgical pathology in Bayern und Berlin, Germany.
Her background is predominantly clinical and she has a broad expertise in routine surgical pathology.
Tumor pathology was the main area of her work: broad spectrum of tumors, especially in the digestive system, urinary, male genitals, female genitals, breasts, lungs, head and neck tumors. Including preoperative biopsy diagnosis with histological and immunohistological tumour typing, postoperative staging and grading, assessing tumour regression grade as response to neoadjuvant therapy.
Other duties in surgical pathology were macroscopic evaluation, cross sectioning of surgical specimens and clinical autopsies.
In addition, she was active in the field of epidemiological cancer registration, as Head of the Trust Center Common Cancer Registry of the New Federal States of Germany.
S M Ragib Shahriar Islam
Mr. S M Ragib Shahriar Islam received his master’s degree through an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master's program in "Medical Imaging and Applications (MAIA)," a collaboration between the University of Burgundy (France), the University of Cassino & Southern Lazio (Italy), the University of Girona (Catalonia, Spain), and Forschungszentrum Jülich (Germany). The program was fully funded by European Union. He worked on the Conditional Generative Adversarial Network (cGAN) for image modality transfer between Polarized Light Imaging (PLI) images and Cytoarchitectonic images in his master's thesis. He has experience working with medical sensors, digital signal processing, medical image analysis and processing (segmentation, registration, classification, etc.), statistical analysis, machine & deep learning, and medical robotics.
He is currently employed by Austrian Center for Medical Innovation and Technology (ACMIT) and is performing a Ph.D. on a joint research project (project number: GLF21-1-001) between ACMIT, Medical Image Analysis & Artificial Intelligence (MIAAI) group at Danube Private University, the Medical University of Vienna, Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering and Landesklinikum Wiener Neustadt hospital. His Ph.D. mainly deals with Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) imaging trajectory optimization for dental and medical applications.
Dr.in Olgica Zaric
Dr. Olgica Zaric did her PhD studies at the Medical University of Vienna, where she worked as a researcher on the development and implementation of multi-parametric magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques. Together with conventional T1, T2, and contrast-enhanced MRI, this included diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI), sodium imaging (23Na-MRI) and chemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST) MRI at ultra-high fields. Her major focus was investigating the feasibility of these imaging modalities and their translation into clinical practice.
The research was based on establishing biochemical imaging modalities and corresponding quantitative imaging markers, which are reliable and applicable for breast lesion diagnosis and characterization as well as treatment monitoring. She has worked on protocol optimization, fast image acquisition methods, evaluation and verification of image post-processing methods, quantitative imaging data analysis, etc.
In the future, she plans to extend her expertise in the area of image analysis, processing and deep learning, and branch out to other methods that may be potentially applicable and transferrable to different diagnostic and therapy approaches.