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, 131 fellowships have been awarded to the participants for ROW 1 to 11 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. Tess Doezema

TUM Chair: Innovation Society and Public Policy (Innovation Research), Prof. Sebastian Pfotenhauer

TUM Department: Munich Center for Technology in Society

Academic Career and Research Areas:

Dr. Tess Doezema completed her PhD in 2020 at Arizona State University in the program  Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology. Dr. Doezema was a researcher on the RRI-Practice Project, a Horizon 2020-funded international research collaboration seeking to advance cross-national understanding and good institutional practices of responsible research and innovation. She was a 2018-2019 visiting fellow in the STS program at the Harvard Kennedy School, and a 2015-2016 Research Innovation Fellow in Brazil with the USAID Global Development Lab. 

Dr. Doezema’s research examines visions of technological potential and corollary practices of environmental governance. Thus far her work has focused on modes of bioeconomy-making in the U.S., Brazil, and at an aspirationally global scale, with a focus on the political formations that are coproduced with technological trajectories.

At TUM, Dr. Doezema extends her research on bioeconomy as a site of technological and political imagination, examining German bioeconomy visions and practices that contribute to national agenda setting and broader projects of global transformation.

Helena Garcia-Mieres

TUM Chair: Clinic and Polyclinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Prof. Dr. Hans Förstl

TUM Department: TUM School of Medicine

Dr. Jingshui Huang

TUM Chair: Chair of Hydrology and River Basin Management, Prof. Markus Disse

TUM Department: Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering

Academic Career and Research Areas:

Dr. Jingshui Huang is currently a Postdoc Research Fellow at Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research (UFZ), Germany. She investigated the inter-annual and seasonal variations of instream nitrogen retention capacity and pathways in an agricultural river in Germany using water quality modeling combined with high frequency data. Dr. Huang obtained her Ph.D. at Tongji University (China, 2017). She studied the impacts of wastewater treatment plant effluents on the instream biogeochemical processes of dissolved oxygen, nitrogen and organic matters in an urban river in China using the approach of modeling and intensively longitudinal monitoring. Prior to her PhD study, she received her B.Eng. in environmental engineering from Tongji University (China, 2011).

Dr. Huang’s current research interests are the development of mechanistic water quality models for different water systems, such as eutrophic, urban black and odorous and effluent-dominated waterbodies, sensitivity and uncertainty analysis for water quality models and urban water quality under climate change. At TUM, She will work on a project, which aims at assessing responses of urban water quality to increasing extreme weather events and providing operational mitigation management in a demonstration urban watershed in Bavaria, Germany.

Dr. Ali Khansefid

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

TUM Department: Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering

Academic Career and Research Areas:

Dr. Ali Khansefid completed his Ph.D. in the field of earthquake engineering at the Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, in 2018. His research focused on the probabilistic lifetime risk assessment of structures equipped with the optimally designed active vibration control systems under mainshock-aftershock scenarios. He also received his M.Sc. and B.Sc. at the same university as a top student in 2013, and 2011. Besides, he attended several well-known international courses in the field of earthquake engineering such as the one hold by GFZ Helmholtz Center (2018), and ICTP (2018).

Dr. Khansefid is a researcher in the field of engineering seismology, earthquake engineering, vibration control, probabilistic modeling, risk assessment and mitigation. Hence, at TUM he will work on a multidisciplinary project bridging different fields from engineering seismology, earthquake engineering and structural dynamics. In this project, effects of undesired aseismic induced vibration by the geothermal power plants are investigated on the performance of masonry buildings, and their owner comfortness. Then, the application of wave barriers as a solution for this issue is evaluated.

Fadhilah Muslim, PhD

TUM Chair: Chair of Materials Science and Testing, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christoph Gehlen

TUM Department: Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering

Academic Career and Research Areas:

Dr. Fadhilah Muslim received her PhD degree in 2018 from Imperial College London, UK funded by the Indonesian endowment fund for education (LPDP) at the Concrete Durability Group, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. She investigated the effect of spacer-concrete interface on the microstructure and durability of concrete structures. Prior to Joining Imperial, she completed her master in concrete materials at École des Ponts, ParisTech (ENPC) in September 2013 and received her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Indonesia, where she has been working as lecturer since October 2018.

Her research interests are directed at understanding and improving the long-term performance of the concrete materials that form most of the infrastructure in the world. Dr Fadhilah will join the Chair of Materials Science and Testing at TUM under the supervision of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christoph Gehlen. During her fellowship at TUM, she will conduct a project regarding the porous concrete pavement as a great innovative solution toward environmental sustainability to help not only alleviate urban flooding problem but also improve water quality by capturing pollutants.     

Dr. Thomas Rigotti

TUM Chair: Organic Chemistry I, Prof. Dr. Thorsten Bach

TUM Department: Chemistry

Academic Career and Research Areas:

Thomas Rigotti received his B. Sc. and M. Sc. degrees in Industrial Chemistry from the University of Bologna (Italy) in 2013 and 2015, respectively. Then, he carried out his doctoral studies under the supervision of Prof. José Alemán working in the field of photocatalysis and obtaining his PhD in Organic Chemistry from the Autonomous University of Madrid (Spain) in 2020.

He joined the group of Prof. Thorsten Bach working as a TUFFellow focusing on the development of novel enantioselective visible light-driven reactions.

Dr. Luisa Röder

TUM Chair: Human Movement Science, Prof. Dr. Joachim Hermsdörfer

TUM Department: Sport and Health Sciences

Academic Career and Research Areas:

Luisa Röder completed her PhD at Queensland University of Technology (Brisbane, Australia) in 2016. Her research focuses on neural communication between brain and muscles during walking, and how this is affected by age and Parkinson’s disease. She uses mobile brain imaging and advanced digital signal processing techniques to identify connectivity patterns between neural populations. Subsequently as a postdoc, she managed a Randomized Controlled Trial evaluating the effects of textured shoe insoles on the sensory nervous system, gait parameters and falls risk in Parkinson’s patients. She also worked at James Cook University in Cairns in 2018-19, where she was responsible for research education and support for medical students and clinicians, and provided advice on study design, research methodology and ethics.

At TUM, Luisa will lead a project on neural networks underpinning anticipatory grip force control in humans. This will form the basis of a larger, interdisciplinary research portfolio into evidence-based neurorehabilitation and towards the development of neuro-prosthetic devices.

Dr. Gaurav Tomar

TUM Chair: Theoretical Elementary Particle Physics, Prof. Dr. Alejandro Ibarra

TUM Department: Physics

Academic Career and Research Areas:

Dr. Tomar has received his master's degree from the University of Delhi, India. He then moved to Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad to pursue his doctoral research where his Ph.D. degree is awarded by the Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar. Before joining TUM, he worked on the types of interactions, that dark matter could have with the ordinary matter and studied its possible direct and indirect signals. Currently, as a postdoctoral fellow at Sogang University, Seoul, he is developing a Python code-named WIMPyDD to analyze and interpret data from the direct detection experiments for all possible dark matter-nucleon interactions.

In his research at TUM, he will extend his analyses to account the uncertainties in the density and velocity distribution of dark matter particles while developing a numerical tool that can simultaneously address the particle as well as astrophysical uncertainties in the theoretical interpretation of the results from the direct dark matter detection experiments.

Dr. Naveen Tripathi

TUM Chair: Process System Engineering, Prof. Heiko Briesen

TUM Department: TUM School of Life Sciences

Academic Career and Research Areas:

Dr. Naveen Mani Tripathi studied Mechanical Engineering (Bachelor: 2006-10) from Uttar Pradesh Technical University, India and Thermal Engineering (Master: 2012-14) from Thapar University, India. He went on to earn his doctorate (2015-19) from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel (Prof. Haim Kalman and Prof. Avi Levy). After his doctoral studies Dr. Tripathi joined GranuTools as Particle Scientist.

Dr. Naveen Mani Tripathi has progressive research experience in the field of Powder Technology. Specified areas are bulk material handling, pneumatic conveying, hydraulic conveying, powder flow characterization for powder handling industries, additive manufacturing and pharmaceutical industries. Dr. Tripathi will join the Chair of Process System Engineering at TUM. He will work on a project of dense phase pneumatic conveying. Under this project he will investigate the acceleration pressure drop and velocity profile of the particles. This project will be helpful for all those industries, which are dealing with the powder conveying and will provide better understanding for their system design. 

Dr. Chuang Xu

TUM Chair: Multiscale and Stochastic Dynamics, Prof. Dr. Christian Kühn

TUM Department: Mathematics

Academic Career and Research Areas:

Dr. Chuang Xu obtained his B.S. in Mathematics and Applied Mathematics from Harbin Engineering University and M.S. in Pure Mathematics from Harbin Institute of Technology in China. He then moved to Canada and obtained his PhD in Applied Mathematics at the University of Alberta. Before joining TUM, he was a postdoc working with Prof. Carsten Wiuf in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark.

Dr. Xu has wide research interests in applied probability. His PhD work mainly focuses on approximation of probability measures as well as scaling limits of stochastic biological models. At UCPH, with his collaborators he worked on dynamics of continuous time Markov jump processes with applications to stochastic reaction networks. At TUM, he will work in Prof. Kuehn’s group on noisy effects of kinetic rate constants on dynamics of stochastic reaction networks.

Future Fellows

Adeyinka Adetula, PhD

TUM Chair: Reproductive Biotechnology, Prof. Dr. Benjamin Schusser

TUM Department: TUM School of Life Sciences

Dr. Mohanned Alhussien

TUM Chair: Reproductive Biotechnology, Prof. Dr. Benjamin Schusser

TUM Department: Animal Sciences

Academic Career and Research Areas: 

Dr. Mohanned Alhussien completed his Master and Ph.D. studies in Animal Physiology at ICAR-National Dairy Research Institute, India. His research focuses on the role played by the innate and acquired immune system during various physiological and physio-pathological conditions of bovines. He has conducted in-depth studies of the function and expression of the first line of cellular defense, i.e., neutrophil under both normal and inflammatory conditions. He has many publications in reputed journals and has also received many awards and prizes in his field of specialization.

At TUM, Dr. Alhussien will study the role of B cells in the clearance of Salmonella Enteritidis infection using knockout chicken lacking mature and peripheral B cells. His research goal is to identify the underlying mechanism by which B cells assist cellular immunity to clear Salmonella infections which may help to develop more effective vaccination strategies against this important public health problem.


Dr. Teresa Pérez Ciria

TUM Chair: Chair of Hydrology and River Basin Management, Prof. Markus Disse

TUM Department: Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering

Academic Career and Research Areas:

Dr. Teresa Pérez Ciria is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry of the University of Padova (Italy). She investigates the seasonal forecast databases and is working on the development of the ARFFS (Adige River Flood Forecasting System). Dr. Pérez Ciria received her Ph.D. from the University of Innsbruck (Austria). She applied different wavelet transform techniques to investigate the impacts of anthropogenic and climatic factors in Alpine catchments. Prior to her Ph.D., she obtained her B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Civil Engineering from Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain). Her current research interests include multivariate flood frequency analysis, hydrological modeling, and the assessment of climate, glacier and snow dynamics impacts on the hydrological response.

At TUM, she will lead a project that aims at improving the current understanding of the hydrological system in the Alpine region, focusing on flood events modeling and design flood estimation. Dr. Pérez Ciria will work in close collaboration with the research unit SEHAG.

Dr. Chiao-Peng Hsu

TUM Chair: Chair of Cellular Biophysics, Prof. Dr. Andreas Bausch

TUM Department: Physics Department

Academic Career and Research Areas:

Chiao-Peng Hsu received a B.Sc. in materials science from National Tsing Hua University (Taiwan) and a M.Sc. in Material Science from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland). At the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (Switzerland), he undertook studies of the microscopic origin of shear thickening in dense suspensions under Prof. Lucio Isa, receiving a Ph.D. in 2020. His doctoral research focuses on the model system synthesis in order to investigate the correlation between the microscopic tribology of interparticle contacts and the macroscopic rheological properties of shear-thickening suspensions.

At TUM, he will focus on a project to determine the self organization for leading to the formation of integrin adhesion sites. The goal is to identify the dynamical process leading to the maturation and function of cell adhesion. This project will pave the basis of innovative ways to address future scientific objectives in the field of cell adhesion.

Dr. Eirini Kasioumi

TUM Chair: Associate Professorship of Urban Design, Prof. Dr. Benedikt Boucsein

TUM Department: Department of Architecture

Academic Career and Research Areas: Dr. Eirini Kasioumi was trained as an architect and urban planner in Greece (NTUA, Athens) and the USA (MIT, Cambridge MA) respectively. Her early academic research concerned planning processes associated with the implementation of sustainability goals in neighborhood development projects. Between 2012-2019, she pursued a doctorate at the Department of Architecture at ETH Zurich in Switzerland, where she became part of the research platform “Airports and Cities” that studied the interaction between major airports and their urban regions. In her doctoral research, she examined the evolution of planning rationales for airport areas, especially the spatial management of contrasting airport impacts. Dr. Eirini Kasioumi has also been involved in research and teaching on topics like large-scale urban projects, metropolitan planning strategies, infrastructural landscapes, and urban design theory. Further, she has worked as an architect, urban designer and planner on a variety of scales.

As part of TUM, she is interested in pursuing further research on major transport infrastructures and their impacts on metropolitan space, as well as on design and planning strategies promoting adaptation given the prospects of climate change.

Dr. Ryan Kisslinger

TUM Chair: Experimental Semiconductor Physics, Prof. Dr. Ian Sharp

TUM Department: Department of Physics

Academic Career and Research Areas: Dr. Ryan Kisslinger completed his PhD in Electrical Engineering at the University of Alberta, Canada, in 2020. There, he investigated semiconducting metal-oxide thin films for use in solar energy conversion. He then spent a year as a postdoctoral researcher with SN Biomedical in Canada, developing point-of-care diagnostic testing platforms based on thin film optics for use in areas such as the detection of bacterial and viral infection, proteomics, and metabolomics.

Dr. Kisslinger’s research interests lie in efficiently producing complex nanoscale geometries to harness the unique optoelectronic phenomena that occur at these size scales. At TUM, he will lead a project utilizing vapour-phase synthesis techniques to deposit a range of transition-metal dichalcogenides on anodized metal-oxide nanostructures. These cost-effective fabrication processes allow for the engineering of nanoscaled heterojunctions, which will be developed with the goal of driving improvements in photovoltaic and photocatalytic devices.

TUFF Alumni

Alumni Round 1-10

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

TUFF Round 2

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

 TUFF Round 3

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

TUFF Round 4

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

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

TUFF Round 7

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

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. Shobin Loukkose Rosemary – Chair of Semiconductor Nanostructures and Quantum Systems, Department of Physics
  • 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. Gustavo Adolfo Silva Arias – Section of Population Genetics, TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan
  • Dr. Magdalena Wagner – Centre of Land, Water and Environmental Risk Management, TUM Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering
  • Dr. Catherine Weetmann – Professorship of Silicon Chemistry, Department of Chemistry

TUFF Round 9

  • Dr. Ana M. Ferreira – Professorship of Biothermodynamics, TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan
  • Dr. Biao Yang – Chair of Surface and Interface Physics (E20), Department of Physics
  • Dr. Ibon Santiago González – Chair of Physics of Synthetic Biological Systems (E14), Department of Physics
  • Dr. Adam Papp – Chair of Nanoelectronics, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Dr. Linda Giresini – Chair of Structural Mechanics, Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering
  • Dr. Tianzhe Liu – Chair of Biosystems Chemistry, Department of Chemistry
  • Dr. Chien-Yun Lee – Chair of Proteomics and Bioanalytics, TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan
  • Dr. Jong-Seob Han – Chair of Aerodynamics and Fluid Mechanics, Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Dr. Liang Dong – Chair of Food Chemistry and Molecular Sensory Science, TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan
  • Dr. Philipp Baumert – Chair of Exercise Biology, TUM Department of Sport and Health Sciences
  • Dr. Sandra G. L. Persiani – Chair of Building Technology and Climate Responsive Design, TUM Department of Architecture
  • Dr. Cambyse Rouzé – Chair of Theory of Complex Quantum Systems, TUM Department of Mathematics 
  • Dr. Samuel Weber – Chair of Landslide Research, TUM Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering
  • Dr. Burak Özbey – Chair of High-Frequency Engineering, TUM Department Electrical and Computer Engineering

TUFF Round 10

  • Dr. Needhi Kotoky – Chair of Computational Mechanics, TUM Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering
  • Dr. Haichao Hong – Institute of Flight System Dynamics,TUM Department of Aerospace and Geodesy
  • Dr. Bhavya P. S. – Chair of Aquatic Systems Biology, TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan
  • Dr. Xing Huang – Chair of Electronic Design Automation, TUM Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering