Assoc.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Thomas Juffmann



Campus Vienna Biocenter 5
Room: 1.620
1030 Vienna


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Postdoctoral Researchers

Raphaël Marchand

Raphaël completed his PhD at University Toulouse III Paul Sabatier, in France, on the development of a biosensor for monitoring ion channels activity in free-standing lipid bilayers. He has now joined the Juffmann group, where he is working on a wide-field rapid Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging Microscope (FLIM). He misses his croissants on Sunday mornings but has become a Vienna lifestyle addict. He also likes playing music, traveling and doing travel/music movies.


PhD Students

Marius Constantin Chirita Mihaila

Marius is an avid beach-volleyball player. After failing to pursue a career in chess in Romania he moved to Vienna. Marius works on wave-front shaping techniques in electron microscopy. We hope it will go better than his chess career. Famous quotes: "Zack, zack, zack" and "Kein Stress"


Clara Conrad-Billroth

Clara is a Level 20 Gnome Sorceress currently leading an expedition to Barovia. When she's not leading her companions in D&D she likes to role-play as a member of the Juffmann Lab. The bards sing that prior to becoming a Sorceress, Clara completed her Master's Degree in Molecular Biology at the University of Vienna where she studied intrinsically disordered proteins using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy.


Dante Maestre

Dante comes from Puerto Rico where he spent his time dancing salsa and sleeping on the beach. He started his Master's Degree in Germany where he worked on protein evolution at the Höcker Lab in the Max Planck Institute. After completing his Master Thesis at the Weizmann Institute of Science he moved to Vienna. He takes Super Smash Bros seriously and is a fan of all things Pokemon. 


Manpreet Kaur

Manpreet comes from India where she studied Physics prior to moving to Germany to complete her Master's Degree. After having played around with  lasers she decided to move onto electron microscopy where she hopes to collect as much biology jargon as she can during her interdisciplinary project. She loves dancing and is an amateur astronomer.

Ilia Zykov

Ilia grew up in Siberia. Up in the mountains he naturally acquired a love for hiking. He enjoys ballroom dancing, playing piano and photography. Sometimes he even likes doing Physics. Ilia first joined the Juffmann Lab as an undergraduate working with Dante. After this amazing experience working with such an inspirational supervisor he decided to join the Juffmann Lab for his PhD.

Hanieh Jafarian

Hanieh comes from Iran where she completed her BSc in Optics and Laser Engineering. She then went on to complete a MSc in Photonics making her the only qualified person in the Juffmann lab to build a microscope. In her free time Hanieh enjoys long walks along the Donau and hanging out with friends.

Master Students

Lucas Grandits

After trying out his big three scientific interests in physics (particle physics, astrophysics and quantum optics) and going through a mid-life crisis over the decision where to specialize in, Lucas finally joined the electron wave-front shaping team for his master thesis. There is also a constant struggle in him between his passion for hiking, football and bouldering and his love for books, movies and spending time on the couch for days.


Felix Hitzelhammer

Felix completed his BSc in Physics at the University of Vienna. He joined the lab to work on iScat and Quantum Fisher Information. 

Daniel Aziz

Daniel enjoys hiking, sword-fighting and archery. He used to be an adventurer until he took an arrow to the knee. He must now instead stick to the lab where he works on quantum information and quantum optics. He is an avid Smash Bros player but still hasn't been able to beat Dante.


Barbara Platzer

Barbara comes from Lower Austria and completed her BSc in Physics at the University of Vienna. She joined the Juffmann Lab for her Master thesis where she helps Ilia with lipid bi-layers and iSCAT. In her free time she enjoys playing the piano. Rumors say Barbara only joined the lab to get access to the Vienna Biocenter cafeteria.




Florian Sauer

Florian is a passionate piano player who decided to start studying Microbiology after losing a bet.  He has since paid his way out of the bet and decided to pursue a degree in Physics where he gets to write long and fancy equations on blackboards. It's still not clear if he actually enjoys this or simply lost another bet. He's the one on the left in the picture but it would be more impressive if he were the one on the right.

Nele Jarnot

Nele comes from Lower Austria and is in her last semester of her Bachelor degree(s) in both Physics and Biology, specializing in Molecular Biology, at the University of Vienna. She joined the Juffmann-Lab for her Physics-Bachelor Thesis where she is helping Raphaël work on the EOFLIM project. In her free time she enjoys going on long runs and playing the piano.


Post graduates

Philipp Weber

Peter Kunnas

Master Students

Jan Pac

Matthias Schneller

Undergraduates and Interns

Elvira Pilgram

Mariana Schmid

Daniel Aziz

Marc Nairn

Lukas Kienesberger

Abhilash Kulkarni                        

Anna Scheiblauer   

Nikolaos Lagos

Stefan Plott

Rémi Aristegui

Francisco Uiblein

Franz Pfanner

Alissa Freilinger

Ignasi Simon Grau