Fachbereich Instrumentelle Analytische Chemie / Bio- und Polymeranalytik
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Victor Weiss

 

Victor U. Weiss studied Chemistry at the University of Vienna and specialized in his studies on Analytical Chemistry and Biochemistry. In 2007 he finished his diploma thesis on ‘Virus Analyses on Electrophoretic Microdevices’ in the group of Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ernst Kenndler at the Department of Analytical Chemistry (Faculty of Chemistry) at the University of Vienna. In the course of his work, electrophoresis of fluorescently labeled human Rhinovirus serotype 2 (HRV2) was ported from the capillary format to a commercially available chip instrument (Agilent 2100 Bioanalyzer). Following his diploma work Victor did his PhD in the same group on ‘Chip Electrophoresis of Human Rhinovirus and Receptor Decorated Liposomes as Model Membranes for the Analysis of Key Steps in the Viral Infection Pathway’. This research continued the work started already during his diploma thesis and led to the development an in vitro model system to follow steps of early viral cell infection employing receptor decorated liposomes and HRV2. After the retirement of Univ.-Prof. Dr. Kenndler Victor continued his research in the group of Univ.-Prof. DI Dr. Dieter Blaas (Max F. Perutz Laboratories, Medical University of Vienna) and finished his PhD by the end of 2009. 

In January 2010 Victor’s daughter was born. Therefore, the following months he stayed at home before starting his work at TU Wien in April 2010 in our  work group analyzing virus-like particles (VLPs) via the GEMMA system. Following projects focused on chip electrophoresis of gelatin nanoparticles (NanoLyse project) as well as of ammodytoxin (proteins obtained from vipera ammodytes ammodytes venom). Currently he works on the characterization of liposome vesicles and other organic and inorganic nanoparticles via gas-phase electrophoresis, online hyphenation of liquid phase separation methods to the GEMMA system as well as characterization of size-selected nanoparticle material via orthogonal analysis methods. But also work on human Rhinovirus continues as Victor tries to solve still open questions concerning the exact composition of virus preparation batches and how virus particles are able to transfer their RNA genome during cell infection. In January 2012 his son was born.

In 2017 Victor was awarded the Theodor Körner Prize as well as the Fritz Feigl Prize of the Austrian Society of Analytical Chemistry (ASAC). Since autumn 2017 Victor is supporting our work group as Assistant Professor.