TU Wien

TU Wien is coordinating the BioMembrOS Project

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Margit Gfoehler

Margit Gföhler

is the Project Coordinator of the BioMembrOS project. Her main research topics are biomechanics and rehabilitation engineering, assistive devices for the cardio-pulmonary and musculo-skeletal systems, biofluid dynamics and in vitro testing with Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) and related methods.

Michael Harasek

Michael Harasek

is the Technical Manager of the BioMembrOS project. His main research topics are separations engineering; membrane technology; computational fluid dynamics (CFD) for process engineering applications, modelling of reactive and multiphase systems, transient flows; and experimental fluid dynamics for the validation of CFD and the determination of boundary conditions using Laser Doppler velocimetry (LDV), Particle Dynamics Analyzers (PDA), Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) and related methods.

 

Seyyed Monsefi

Seyyed Monsefi

is a biomedical engineer, his research in BioMembrOS will focus on CFD simulations and PIV experiments.

 

Jing Jing Xu

Jing Jing Xu

is an industrial bioengineer, his research in BioMembrOS will focus on experimental flow investigations and 3D printing on micro-scale.

 

Yamuna Gfoehler

Yamuna Gföhler

is responsible for the Website and Social Media.

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Maria Norberta de Pinho

Maria Norberta de Pinho

has a lot of Experience and Knowledge in the Fields of Flow & Mass Transfer Modelling, Synthesis & Characterization of Polymeric & Mixed Matrix, Asymmetric Membranes, Membrane Processes Design for Water and Products Recovery Biorefineries and Membranes & Microfluidics in Artificial Organs.

Susana Vinga

Susana Vinga

Systems and Computational Biology, in particular dynamic modeling, control and optimization of biological networks, and the analysis of highdimensional clinical data. Focus on model identification of biological systems, and also machine learning and biostatistics for personalized medicine

Mónica Faria

Mónica Faria

Fabrication and characterization of polymer, hybrid and mixed matrix membranes with dense and integral asymmetric crosssection structures. Development of novel membranes with hemocompatible membrane/blood interfaces for artificial organs

Moisés Pinto

Moisés Pinto

Composite materials, selective adsorption of gases and vapors by adsorbent materials

Pedro Brogueira

Pedro Brogueira

Physics of Condensed Matter. Membrane Characterization by Atomic Force Microscopy

Ana Clara Marques

Ana Clara Marques

will support the Project with her knowledge about Polymeric materials and their characterization for sustainable applications

Viriato Semiao

Viriato Semião

has extensive knowhow on the fundamentals of microfluidics, both experimentally and numerically, with latticeBoltzmann modelling and conventional CFD, and applications to biological flows and artificial organs (lung and kidney)

Universitá di Bologna

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Christiana Boi

Christiana Boi

specialises in Membrane processes, membrane characterization, modification and characterization of functional materials for bioseparations and biomedical applications, mass transfer modeling in membranes and 3D printing.

Giuseppina Montante

Giuseppina Montante

specialises in Experimental and Computational Fluid Dynamics, Multiphase flow modelling, Fluid dynamics characterization of membrane modules by Tomographic and Optical techniques, Mass transfer optimization by Computational Fluid Dynamics.

UK Aachen

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Khosrow Mottaghy

Khosrow Mottaghy

Khosrow Mottaghy  is senior professor for applied physiology at RWTH-Aachen University. He established the Extracorporeal Circulation Lab (ECC) to study and mimic in vitro the clinical application of extracorporeal and intracorporeal circuits for artificial organs and implants , e.g. lung or vessel stents. Currently under supervision of Dr.Ing.A. Kashefi. Prof. Mottaghy continues to serve as visiting professor internationally in research and teaching co-operations. The fields of specialization may be summarized in artificial internal organs and their extracorporeal support, fluid dynamic and haemorheology, biomaterials and haemcompatibility, gas- and mass transfer operations of assisting devices and surface modification of the  applied biomaterials.

Ali Kashefi

University of Johannesburg

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John Maina

John Maina

Is a Veterinarian by profession. He was educated at the University of Nairobi and the University of Liverpool and has worked at the Universities of Nairobi (Kenya), Witwatersrand (South Africa) and Johannesburg (South Africa). His research activity is in the area of ‘comparative respiratory morphology’. He has written five books and published extensively in the research field. His contribution to the BioMembrOs Project will specifically be the following:
(a) provide background details on the structural- and functional properties of the fish gills and the avian respiratory system;
b) Determine the 3-D arrangement of the collagen fibers that strengthen the basement membrane of the blood-gas barrier of the avian lung: the data should be instructive for the preparation of the membrane partitioning of the oxygenation device and; pursue possibility of determining the oxygen permeation coefficients of the membrane, when it is made by the collaborators.

Medical University of Vienna

The Department of Anesthesiology, General Intensive Care, and Pain Therapy at the Medical University of Vienna / Vienna General Hospital represents a distinguished unit divided into three specialized clinical sections. Each section showcases its extensive range of clinical services through their respective online platforms.

In addition to providing superior residency training in anesthesiology and intensive care medicine, supported by top-tier medical services, a well-established simulation center, a structured curriculum, and a comprehensive continuing education program, including several in-house conferences, research stands as a cornerstone of our department.

Our research efforts are primarily focused on advancing the fields of anesthesiology, intensive care medicine, and pain therapy through scientific excellence. Recognized as one of the leading research institutions in the German-speaking region, we are deeply committed to a variety of innovative projects and studies. Our active research groups are open to all staff and students of the Medical University of Vienna, offering a venue for interdisciplinary exchange and collaboration.

By melding research with clinical practice, we are able to push the boundaries of medical science and continuously enhance patient care. We take pride in leading not only in clinical education but also in research, significantly contributing to the development of groundbreaking therapies.

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Claus Krenn

Claus Krenn

Claus G. KRENN was born in Vienna, Austria in 1963, graduated in medicine in 1988 and specialized in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care at the Medical University of Vienna.

He obtained his PhD title in 2001 for research in the field of “Dynamic liver function testing and intensive care measures after liver transplantation” and is currently Professor of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine and head of one of the ICU´s at the General Hospital Vienna/ Austria – Medical University Vienna/Austria.

In 2008 he obtained a MBA course at the Viennese University of Economics.

Research and teaching activities focus on sepsis, hemodynamic monitoring, respiratory failure (University of Uppsala/ Prof. G. Hedenstierna) as well as liver dysfunction and failure, including transplantation and extracorporeal organ support.

Since 2001 he is Board Member for Intensive Care of the Austrian Society of Anaesthesiology, Reanimation and Intensive Care Medicine (ÖGARI) and Past-President of the Austrian Federation of Intensive Care Societies (FASIM).

He has published about 100 original articles and book chapters.

Christian Loy

Christian Loy joined the Medical University of Vienna as a Programmer in 2023, quickly establishing himself as a Lead Engineer on numerous digital transformation projects in the medical field. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechatronics and Microsystems Technology from FH Wiener Neustadt, with a specialization in Aerospace Technology. Currently, he is pursuing a Master in Artificial Intelligence at Johannes Kepler University, with a focus on Life Sciences.