Claus Duschl is the Head of the Department of Cellular Biotechnology at the Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Engineering in Potsdam, Germany. His research group develops novel tools and methods for the processing, manipulation, and analysis of the tiniest samples of biological material. In this context, a strong focus is directed towards the establishment of well-defined microenvironments in technical devices in order to enable the competent control and characterization of single cells. Progress towards these goals is based on a highly interdisciplinary approach that includes material science, microfluidics, nanotechnology, cell biology, and biotechnology. Duschl received his Diploma degree in physics from the Technical University of Munich, Munich, Germany, where he also performed his doctoral thesis in biophysics. Besides his industrial activities as Cofounder and Research Director of various biotech companies, he held positions at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, at the University of Cambridge, UK, and at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne where he was also appointed as Lecturer.
Biography Updated on 10 November 2013