Operating Director CMI Austria,
The Correlated Multimodal Imaging Node Austria (CMI) is the official Austrian Euro-Bioimaging initiative and the joined initiative of leading imaging experts in Austria. It represents a consortium of eight universities and research institutes in and around Vienna (www.bioimaging-austria.at). CMI offers basic and high-end state-of-the-art imaging technologies, numerous multimodal correlated imaging pipelines, and various support services, such as data and image analysis, to researchers and scientists on a national and international level. Imaging techniques at CMI span the entire resolution range of interest for preclinical and biological studies, and provide complementary sample information about structure, function and molecular composition. The more than 30 imaging techniques allow both in- and ex-vivo imaging and molecular analysis. Over the last few years, imaging and imaging platforms have evolved rapidly and place high demands on technology, innovation and management. With the foundation of CMI, Austria meets the arising need in international research for centralized platforms with both highly specialized and holistic imaging approaches. The talk gives insight into the progress being made by CMI, and presents first correlated multimodal pilot studies within its framework.
Dr. Andreas Walter studied physics and biophysics at the University of Heidelberg and in Sankt Petersburg on a Baden-Wuerttemberg Scholarship. He spent his research career developing and applying various imaging techniques for life sciences, including fluorescence, super-resolution, cryo-light, transmission electron and scanning electron microscopy, and electron and correlative soft xray tomography. After his tenure as a guest scientist at EMBL in Jan Ellenberg’s lab to study chromatin organization with fluorescence microscopy-based methods, he did his PhD at the Max Planck Institute of Biophysics in Frankfurt in Werner Kuehlbrandt’s lab on method development in electron microscopy. He finished his studies with distinction (summa con laude). Dr. Walter continued his research in imaging and worked as a postdoc and DFG fellow at the University of California San Francisco and at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab to correlate soft x-ray tomography and cryo-light microscopy. He is also a fellow of the German Scholars Organization. Dr. Walter started his new position as the operating director of CMI in October 2016. His goal is to establish CMI Austria as an internationally visible technology center for flagship technologies and correlated imaging within the Euro-Bioimaging project.