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Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Angela SESSITSCH Head, Bioresources Unit, Department Health & Environment, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Seibersdorf


1982-1990 M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering (Bio- and Food Chemistry) with distinction, Graz University of Technology
1990-1991 Partial participation in post-graduate studies on economics and law, Vienna University of Technology
1992-1997 Ph.D. (Molecular Microbial Ecology), Department of Microbiology, Wageningen Agricultural University, The Netherlands
1990-1994 Research on Biological Nitrogen Fixation at the FAO/IAEA Laboratories Seibersdorf, Austria
1994 Research on marker genes at the Center for the Application of Molecular Biology to International Agriculture (CAMBIA), Canberra, Australia
1994-1996 Associate Professional Officer at the FAO/IAEA Agricultural and Biotechnology Laboratory Seibersdorf
1996-1997 Microbiologist at the FAO/IAEA Agricultural and Biotechnology Laboratory Seibersdorf
1997 Post-doctoral position at the Wageningen Agricultural University, Department of Microbiology, Wageningen, The Netherlands. Research on the ecology of Lactobacillus spp. in the large intestine of the human gastrointesinal tract IAEA expert mission to Ghana. Teaching of molecular biology techniques in Rhizobium research
1998-1999 Herta-Firnberg fellowship at the Division of Life Sciences, Austrian Research Centers GmbH
1999-2002 APART habilitation fellowship from the Austrian Academy of Sciences
2002-2004 Microbiologist at the Austrian Research Centers GmbH, Leader of the "Molecular Microbial Ecology" group of the Biotechnology Unit
2003 Venia docendi (Habilitation) in Microbial Ecology, Institute of Soil Science and Center of Applied Genetics at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna
since 2004 Head of the Bioresources Unit at the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH


Austrian Commission of Gene Technology, since 1999
Member of the Executive Committee of the Austrian Society for Molecular Life Sciences
Austrian Society for Hygiene, Microbiology and Preventive Medicine
Society for Applied Microbiology


Bodrossy L., Sessitsch A.: Oligonucleotide microarrays in microbial diagnostics. Curr. Opin. Microbiol., 2004
Sessitsch A., Hackl E., Wenzl P., Kilian A., Kostic T., Stralis-Pavese N., Tankouo-Sandjong B., Bodrossy L.:Diagnostic microbial microarrays in soil ecology. New Phytologist, invited review, 2006
Tankouo Sandjong B., Sessitsch A., Stralis-Pavese N., Liebana E., Kornschober C., Allerberger F., Hächler H., Bodrossy L.: Development of an oligonucleotide microarray for Salmonella serotyping. Microbial Biotechnology, 2008
Allerberger F. and Sessitsch A.: Incidence and microbiology of salads ( a review). CAB Reviews: Perspectives in Agriculture, Veterinary Science, Nutrition and Natural Resources, 2009


APART fellowship 1999-2002 (Austrian Academy of Sciences)
Nominated by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) as member of the Scientific Panel (2003-2006) and as ad-hoc expert (2006-) on Genetically Modified Organisms
ARC Award for scientific excellence 2003 and 2005
Editorial Board: FEMS Microbiology Ecology; Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology; Biology & Fertility of Soils