CORE TEAM

BIRGIT MITTER

Scientist
AIT Austrian Institute of Technology

Dr. Birgit Mitter is microbiologist and molecular biologist with strong experience in the field of beneficial plant-microbe interactions, in particular bacterial endophytes. She has studied endophytes in a variety of plants including plants of agricultural importance, such as potato, rice and maize but also in wild flowers and tropical trees. B. Mitter applies (meta-)genomic approaches to elucidate community setup and dynamics as well as functional roles of (uncultivated) endophytes. She uses modern transcriptomics for studying the mechanisms of plant-microbe communication. Currently Birgit Mitter focuses on approaches for modulating and managing the plant microbiome for improved plant productivity and health.

NIKOLAUS PFAFFENBICHLER

Scientist
AIT Austrian Institute of Technology

Nikolaus Pfaffenbichler completed an agricultural education before studying food and biotechnology. Then he started a PhD in beneficial plant microbes at the AIT. He works mainly on delivery technologies for field crops like maize, wheat and soy. At the moment Nikolaus Pfaffenbichler focus on the further development of the SeedjectionTM technology.

ANGELA SESSITSCH

Scientist
Head of Competence Unit Bioresources
AIT Austrian Institute of Technology

Angela Sessitsch is an internationally recognized expert on beneficial plant-microbe interactions and established this research area at AIT. Her know-how encompasses the understanding the ecology and functioning of microbial endophytes, molecular approaches to explore their potential and exploring plant beneficial microorganisms for agricultural applications.

Angela Sessitsch has coordinated various national and international projects, has organized international conferences, has been invited to give keynote and invited lectures at international symposia and was member of the EFSA Panel of Genetically Modified Organisms.

DORIS GUSENBAUER

Business Development
AIT Austrian Institute of Technology

Doris Gusenbauer obtained her degree at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna in the field of Food Technology and Biotechnology. At Bioresources Unit at AIT she is responsible for bringing AIT’s developments to the market by establishing successful business relationships with the industry. Doris Gusenbauer is involved in contract research projects, licensing and IPR management as well as technology transfer. Before joining the Bioresources unit at AIT Austrian Institute of Technology in 2013, Doris Gusenbauer worked for several years in the sector of food and agricultural industry.