Christoph Hitzenberger studied Physics and Mathematics at the University of Vienna and received his PhD in Physics, graduating with honors, in 1983. In 1987, he joined the Department of Medical Physics of the Medical Faculty, University of Vienna, to work in the new established field of Biomedical Optics. Presently, he is Professor of Medical Physics and Vice Chair of the Center for Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, Medical University of Vienna.
Prof. Hitzenberger is one of the pioneers of optical coherence tomography. His body of work includes more than 400 national and international conference contributions, about 200 peer-reviewed journal publications, 11 book chapters, as well as more than 80 invited lectures. He is Fellow of both, Optica and SPIE; his pioneering contributions to OCT were awarded with the Award of the Hoechst Foundation for the Advancement of Medical Research in Austria in 1992, the Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art, First Class, and with the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Prize of the US National Academy of Engineering, both in 2017.