TUM University Foundation Fellows

The participants of the Research Opportunities Week (ROW), organized every year in spring by TUM ForTe to give young reserachers the possibility to visit TUM for a week and to take part in a comprehensive program, have the opportunity to apply for the TUM University Foundation Fellowship. 

So far, 105 fellowships have been awarded to the participants for ROW 1 to 9 who conduct reserach at various departments at TUM. Besides the fellowship, the researchers receive support to apply for further third party funding opportunities to extend their stay. 

These are the TUFF Fellows who are currently working at TUM or starting their research stay in the near future:

Current Fellows

Dr. Philipp Baumert

TUM Chair: Chair of Exercise Biology, Prof. Dr. Henning Wackerhage

TUM Department: Sport and Health Sciences

Academic Career and Research Areas:

Before joining TUM, Philipp Baumert obtained his PhD at the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University (UK; 2018). He investigated genetic variations, which potentially have a role on the individual response to exercise-induced muscle damage, and, therefore, in the selection of athletes for training and success in competition. The research involved an interdisciplinary approach, including a combination of genetic, cellular, physiological and biomechanical analyses, to systematically investigate the mechanisms underpinning muscle damage and the maladaptation to exercise. Prior to his PhD studies, he received his BSc from the German Sport University Cologne and his MA from the University Frankfurt (Main) in collaboration with the Max Delbrück Centre in Berlin (2013).

Philipp Baumert will join the Chair of Exercise Biology at TUM. He will work on a project, which utilises a fluxomics approach to study various phenomena in skeletal muscle, in collaboration with the Bavarian Center for Biomolecular Mass Spectrometry at Weihenstephan.

Dr. Linda Giresini

TUM Chair: Structural Mechanics, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gerhard Müller

TUM DepartmentCivil, Geo and Environmental Engineering

Academic Career and Research Areas:

Dr. Linda Giresini obtained her PhD in structural engineering from the University of Pisa. She has been working as Assistant Professor at the University of Pisa since 2016 and spent research periods at the Rheinisch Westfaelische Technische Hochschule (Aachen, 2013-2014), University of Minho (Portugal, 2014) and University of Sassari (Italy, 2014-2015). She is leader of the University of Pisa’s research group in the framework of ReLUIS (Network of University Laboratories in Earthquake Engineering).

Dr. Giresini’s research interests include structural dynamics and earthquake engineering, experimental tests on masonry and r.c. structures, seismic vulnerability assessment of existing buildings, sustainable and resilient infrastructures, low-cost structural solutions for developing countries, rehabilitation of archaeological sites.

Dr. Jong-Seob Han

TUM Chair: Chair of Aerodynamics and Fluid Mechanics, Prof. Dr. Christian Breitsamter

TUM Department: Mechanical Engineering

Academic Career and Research Areas:

 Dr. Han received his BS and MS in aerospace engineering from Korea Aerospace University in 2007 and 2009, respectively. He then moved to Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in 2013 and received his PhD in 2016. Before he joined TUM, Dr. Han was a research assistant professor at KAIST.

As a researcher at KAIST, he had focused on unraveling an agility of flying insects and exploring its applicability to bio-mimetic drone development. At TUM, his research moves on to the better understanding of flow separation scenarios associated with small-scale multiple vortices at the boundary layer, which frequently occur on an aerodynamic device with a low-speed air flow. The findings result in general and fundamental data which can be used for a variety of mechanical applications.

Dr. Liang Dong

TUM Chair: Food Chemistry and Molecular Sensory Science, Prof. Dr. Thomas Hofmann

TUM Department: TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan

Academic Career and Research Areas:

Dr. Liang Dong obtained his Bachelor Degree in Food Science from Huazhong Agricultural University in 2012. He then moved to Singapore and worked in the in the Food Science and Technology Programme at the Department of Chemistry of the National University of Singapore (NUS), where he obtained his PhD in 2017. Afterwards, he became a Postdoc Research Fellow at the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health at NUS.

His research activities mainly focus on food chemistry, and he pursues the aim of revealing the health promoting mechanism of dietary phytochemicals. He was also a trained synthetic organic chemist with experience in designing small molecule fluorescent probes for bioactive compound detection. At TUM, he will work on his project entitled “Odorant metabolism and odorant receptors mediated activation of blood immune cells” at the chair of Food Chemistry and Molecular Sensory Science.

Dr. Chien-Yun Lee

TUM Chair: Proteomics and Bioanalytics; Prof. Dr. Bernhard Küster

TUM Department: TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan

Academic Career and Research Areas:

Dr. Chien-Yun Lee received her PhD degree in Biotechnology from the National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan, as part of the Taiwan International Graduate Program coordinated by the Academia Sinica (2018). Before, she obtained her MSc from the National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan. Her research focuses on the enzymology and the proteins interactions, in particular on studying the function roles of the post-translation modification (PTM) in physiology and pathology. She is also interested in mass spectrometry-based proteomics in systematically analyzing the PTMs.

At TUM, Dr. Lee will work on a project related to the signal transduction of druggable targets and their downstream partners in cancer cells at the Chair of Proteomics and Bioanalytics. Her research goal is to understand how clinical drugs impact on PTMs on a proteome-wide scale to assess the merits of these drugs and to identify potential novel uses, thus vastly shortening the time from bench to bedside.

Dr. Tianzhe Liu

TUM Chair: Biosystems Chemistry, Prof. Dr. Tobias A. M. Gulder

TUM Department: Chemistry

Academic Career and Research Areas

Dr. Tianzhe Liu obtained his B.Eng. from Central South University and M.Sc. from ZheJiang University in China. Then he moved to Australia to pursue a Ph.D. degree from the University of New South Wales. Before joining TUM, he worked as a research scientist in Prof. Brett Neilan’s lab in collaboration with the biotech company Diagnostic Technology.

Dr. Liu’s research focuses on the discovery, characterization, engineering and production of bioactive natural products. During his Ph.D., he worked on the development of heterologous expression system for the production of large, complex, bioactive cyanobacterial natural products. Post PhD, his work involved the rational design of gene circuits, and the engineering of the heterologous hosts with synthetic biology and metabolic engineering approaches, to achieve efficient production of natural products. At TUM, he will work in the biosystems chemistry group, focusing on the discovery of medicinal natural products and characterizing their chemical properties.

Dr. Anna-Maria Meister

TUM Chair: History of Architecture and Curatorial Practice, Prof. Lepik

TUM Department: Architecture

Academic Career and Research Areas:

Dr. Anna-Maria Meister holds a joint PhD degree in the History and Theory of Architecture Program and the Council of the Humanities at Princeton University. Her dissertation From Form to Norm: The Systematization of Values in German Design circa 1922, 1936, 1953 focuses on norms and normed objects as social desires, investigating their production and dissemination as institutional values. Ms. Meister holds degrees in architecture from Columbia University, New York and TUM.

She was a fellow at the Max-Planck Institute for History of Science, Berlin, and her work has been supported by grants and fellowships from the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies, DAAD, Columbia University and Princeton University, among others. Anna-Maria Meister’s research was published in Harvard Design Magazine, Volume, Uncube, Baumeister, Arch+ and as a book chapter in Architecture and the Paradox of Dissidence (Routledge, 2013), and was featured at the Lisbon Triennial (2013), the 14th Venice Biennial (2014) and the 7th Warsaw “Under Construction” Festival (2015).

Dr. Adam Papp

TUM Chair: Chair of Nanoelectronics, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Markus Becherer

TUM Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering

Academic Career and Research Areas

Dr. Adam Papp received his BSc and MSc degree in computer engineering from the Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest, Hungary in 2012 and 2013, respectively. He completed a joint degree PhD program of the University of Notre Dame, IN, USA, and the Pázmány Péter Catholic University in 2017. Before he joined TUM, Dr. Papp was a postdoctoral researcher at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University. During this time his responsibilities included the construction of a magneto-optical and microwave measurement lab and he also gained teaching experience.

His early research focused on nanomagnetic logics, a novel concept for using field-coupled magnetic dots instead of CMOS gates for building Boolean logic. In his PhD thesis, Dr. Papp investigated the feasibility of using spin waves for computing and signal processing, inspired by the principles of optical computing. In his current research at TUM, he aims to merge the two worlds: using nanomagnetic islands to control propagation and interference of spin waves to create reconfigurable spin-wave-based computing and signal processing devices.

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Dr. Ibon Santiago González

TUM Chair: Chair of Physics of Synthetic Biological Systems (E14), Prof. Friedrich Simmel

TUM Department: Physics

Academic Career and Research Areas:

Dr Ibon Santiago (Bilbao) received a DPhil in Condensed Matter Physics from the University of Oxford and a MSc in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prior to joining TUM, he has held postdoctoral positions at the University of Oxford and the Cavendish Laboratory at the University of Cambridge.

His early experimental work at the Research Laboratory of Electronics (Prof. Martin Zwierlein) focused on laser cooling and trapping of quantum mixtures of ultracold atoms. He later specialised in Biophysics and worked in the DNA Nanotechnology group (Prof. Andrew Turberfield), covering active matter physics, DNA nanotechnology, and non-equilibrium statistical physics. In particular, he synthesised DNA self-assembled micro and nanomotors and analysed their self-propulsion. His research goal is to design and study minimal physical systems that mimic out-of-equilibrium properties found in biological phenomena, such as locomotion, growth and replication. At TUM, Dr Santiago joins Prof. Friedrich Simmel’s laboratory to work on programmable DNA-based nanorobots capable of autonomous motion.

Dr. Sandra G. L. Persiani

TUM Chair: Chair of Building Technology and Climate Responsive Design, Prof. Thomas Auer

TUM Department: Architecture

Academic Career and Research Areas:

Dr. Persiani holds a PhD in Environmental Design from La Sapienza University of Rome, and the gold medal for Sustainable Architecture Fassa Bortolo XIII. She has been a researcher at the Energy Research Institute @ NTU Singapore, at La Sapienza Rome and has been involved in the COST Action TU1403.

Dr. Persiani is a researcher in the area of sustainable, adaptive and nature-inspired architecture. Her interdisciplinary work focuses on the development and application of autoreactive technologies in the built environment. The aim is to transform unused potential energy – temperature differences, kinetic energy, etc. – to achieve an automatic kinetic transformation able to increase architectural quality and reduce energy requirements in buildings.

Dr. Cambyse Rouzé

TUM Chair: Theory of Complex Quantum Systems, Prof. Dr. Robert König 

TUM Department: Mathematics  

Academic Career and Research Areas:

Cambyse Rouzé received his MSc in Theoretical Physics from École Normale Supérieure in 2012, and his MSc in Applied Mathematics from École Centrale Paris in 2014. He received his PhD in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge in 2018. From January 2019, he will conduct his research in the TUM department of Mathematics with Prof. Robert König.

Quantum information theory (QIT) is the study of information-processing tasks that can be accomplished using quantum devices, and where distinct characteristics of the quantum world allow for the possibility of performing these tasks in a much more efficient way than what is currently possible. Mr. Rouzé’s main focus has been on the development of functional analytical and probabilistic tools to address different current problems arising in quantum statistics, quantum Shannon theory and quantum information processing. In particular, he has worked on the fundamental task of quantum hypothesis testing, which is the task of inferring the state of a quantum system, given the promise that it is one of two known states. With his collaborators, Mr. Rouzé also introduced new ways to quantify the phenomenon of decoherence, that is the process by which a quantum system dynamically loses its local quantum properties by interacting with its environment, which is crucial when one is interested in the construction of robust quantum computers and quantum memories.

Dr. Magdalena Wagner

TUM Chair: Centre of Land, Water and Environmental Risk Management, Prof. de Vries

TUM Department: Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering

Academic Career and Research Areas

Magdalena Wagner studied spatial planning at the Wroclaw University of Technology, where she received her engineer’s degree in 2011, her master’s degree in 2012 and her PhD in 2018. In her thesis, by bringing together operational research and spatial planning, she designed and developed an algorithm to assist decision-making processes related to city policy making.

Magdalena Wagner workd on urban development at the Centre of Land, Water and Environmental Risk Management at TUM. Beyond addressing questions of how to develop the concept of computer-aided decision-making in urban governance, her research aims to support practitioners responsible for city strategies and development policies.

Dr. Biao Yang

TUM Chair: Surface and Interface Physics (E20), Prof. Dr. Johannes Barth

TUM Department: Physics

Academic Career and Research Areas:

Dr. Biao Yang obtained his bachelor's degree in Polymer Materials and Engineering at Soochow University in China in 2013. Then he began his doctoral research in chemistry and nanoscience at Institute of Functional Nano & Soft Materials (FUNSOM), Soochow University, where he received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering in June 2018.

Dr. Biao Yang’s research interests focus on molecular self-assembly and on-surface chemistry using ultra-high vacuum scanning tunneling microscopy (UHV-STM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). He explored the C-H bond activations on metal surfaces involving various organic molecules during his Ph.D. Based on his knowledge of molecule science at the sub-molecular layer on the substrates, his forthcoming research at TUM focuses on the field of microscopic mechanism of hydrolysis reaction, such as hydrolysis reaction of aryl halides on metal surfaces

Future Fellows

Dr. Burak Özbey

TUM Chair: High-Frequency Engineering, Prof. Thomas Eibert

TUM Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering

Academic Career and Research Areas:

Dr. Özbey received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and electronics engineering from Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey, in 2008, 2011, and 2016, respectively. He is currently a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the ElectroScience Laboratory, Ohio State University. Dr. Özbey was selected as a Fulbright Post-Doctoral Scholar and an URSI Young Scientist Awardee in 2017, and he was a recipient of the 2016 Leopold B. Felsen Award for Excellence in Electromagnetics.

Dr. Burak Özbey’s research interests include microwave and THz systems, structural health monitoring, design and testing of wireless RF sensors, and computational electromagnetics. In his Ph. D., he worked on an interdisciplinary project, where he developed RF sensors based on novel high resolution structures for use in civil engineering applications. In his research at TUM, he will focus on devising an extended range, high performance wireless sensing system, mainly for structural health monitoring and post-earthquake damage detection applications.

Dr. Samuel Weber

TUM Chair: Chair of Landslide Research, Prof. Dr. Michael Krautblatter

TUM Department: Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering

Academic Career and Research Areas 

Dr. Samuel Weber completed his PhD at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. Prior to his PhD studies, he received his BSc and MSc in Geography with Minor Physics and Glaciology. His research interest concerns heterogeneous environments and climate change, especially process understanding and quantification of phenomena in mountain permafrost related to climate.

Dr. Weber’s vision is to investigate fracture kinematics, to improve the understanding of processes in mountain permafrost using geophysical methods, to detect rupture processes in unstable rock masses, assess rupture imminence and to design an early warning system for rock instabilities. For this, the combination of geo-science and engineering is very useful and enables field measurements at locations in hardly accessible environments. He greatly enjoys doing field work in alpine environments and being able to combine his knowledge as well as my experience with my alpine skills. At TUM, Samuel Weber will investigate how laboratory and theoretical insights on rock-slope destabilization can be transferred to field observations.

TUFF Alumni

Alumni Round 1-8

This is a non-exhaustive list and only includes persons who provided their consent to be added to the Alumni list.

TUFF Round 1

  • Dr. Joanna Deek – Professorship of Molecular and Cellular Biophysics, Department of Physics
  • Dr. Genny Pang – Chair for Biological Imaging, TUM School of Medicine
  • Dr. Thomas Stecher – Chair of Theoretical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry
  • Dr. Juan Leonardo Martinez-Hurtado – Center for Nontechnology and Nanomaterials, Department of Physics
  • Dr. Cristian Gutierrez Ibanez – Chair of Zoology, TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan
  • Dr. Satoshi Endo – Chair of Information-oriented Control, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

TUFF Round 2

  • Dr. Hesam Sagha – Chair of Human-Machine Communication, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Dr. Roberta Fonti – Chair of Structural Design, Department of Architecture
  • Dr. Sijie Hao – Professorship of Experimental Semiconductor Physics, Department of Physics
  • Dr. Annelies Vandersickel – Chair of Energy Systems, Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Dr. Paul Albert König – Chair of Clinical Chemistry, TUM School of Medicine 

 TUFF Round 3

  • Dr. Weiwei Xie – Chair of Theoretical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry
  • Dr. Siwei Bai – Professorship of Bio-inspired Information Processing, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering 
  • Dr. Simone Scilabra – Chair of Neuroproteomics, TUM School of Medicine
  • Dr. Jürgen Rauleder – Chair of Helicopter Technology, Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Dr. Karin Kleigrewe – Chair of Food Chemistry and Molecular Sensory Science, TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan

TUFF Round 4

  • Dr. Paul D'Agostino – Professorship of Biosystems Chemistry, Department of Chemistry
  • Dr. Bin Zou – Chair of Mathematical Finance, Department of Mathematics
  • Dr. Alejandro Cosimo – Chair of Applied Mechanics, Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Dr. Kiwon Um – Chair of Computer Graphics and Visualization, Department of Informatics
  • Dr. Ina Bisha – Theoretical Chemical Biology and Protein Modelling Group, TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan
  • Dr. Bhupal Dev – Chair of Theoretical Elementary Particle Physics, Department of Physics 

TUFF Round 5

  • Dr. Giorgia Aquilar – Chair for Urban Development and Regional Planning, Department of Architecture 
  • Dr. Astrid De Clercq – Chair of Physical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry
  • Dr. Pablo Lanillos – Chair of Cognitive Systems, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Dr. Nicolás M. Ortega – Chair of Livestock Biotechnology, TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan 

TUFF Round 6

  • Dr. Alessandro Cattabiani – Chair of Computational Mechanics, Department of Mechanical Engineering 
  • Dr. Gulen Burak – Professorship of Protein Chemistry, Department of Chemistry 
  • Dr. Laura Hoodless – Institute of Neuronal Cell Biology, TUM School of Medicine 

TUFF Round 7

  • Dr. Zhi Jin – Chair of Media Technology, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Dr. Gianluca Orlando – Chair for Analysis, Department of Mathematics
  • Dr. Abdulla Ghani – Professorship of Thermo-Fluid Dynamics, Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Dr. Tahoora Narany – Chair of Hydrology and River Basin Management, Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering
  • Dr. Yongpeng Wu – Institute for Communications Engineering, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Dr. Batyr Garlyyev – Professorship of Physics of Energy Conversion and Storage, Department of Physics 

TUFF Round 8

  • Dr. Diala Abu Awad – Section of Population Genetics, TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan
  • Dr. Kausik Basak – Chair of Molecular Imaging Engineering, TUM School of Medicine  
  • Dr. Jordi Cotela Dalmau – Chair of Structural Analysis, Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering
  • Dr. Hildeberto Jardón Kojakhmetov – Chair of Multiscale and Stochastic Dynamics, Department of Mathematics
  • Dr. Johannes Margraf – Chair of Theoretical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry
  • Dr. Jamie McDonald – Professorship of Theoretical Physics of the Early Universe, Department of Physics 
  • Dr. Catherine Weetmann - Professorship of Silicon Chemistry, Department of Chemistry
  • Dr. Shobin Loukkose Rosemary - Chair of Semiconductor Nanostructures and Quantum Systems, Department of Physics
  • Dr. Gustavo Adolfo Silva Arias - Section of Population Genetics, TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan

TUFF Round 9

  • Dr. Ana M. Ferreira – Professorship of Biothermodynamics, TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan