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​​Autonomies​

Dana Engel

Institute for Applied Linguistics

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​PhD at University of Vienna (Austria)​

Title: Concepts for managing linguistic diversity at schools in South Tyrol

Short abstract: ​My study aims to provide a framework for describing multilingual didactics in South Tyrolean schools and how the challenges of “old” and "new” multilingualism are effectively managed. Data from my survey include interviews with educational actors, school principals and teachers in 18 schools and will allow for the development of a grounded theory for assessing current language policy and practice.

Supervisor(s)​: Rudolf de Cillia (University of Vienna), Eva Vetter (University of Vienna)

Start and end date: 2013-06/2019


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Flavia De Camillis

Institute for Applied Linguistics

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​​PhD at​ University of Bologna (Italy)

Title: Evaluating the Translation Processes of a Multilingual Public Institution

Short abstract: ​My project aims at evaluating the quality of translation processes in the South Tyrolean provincial administration. Data on translation methods, strategies, tools and difficulties will be collected through a survey. The results will help to develop a better institutional translation framework, in order to achieve a more efficient communication between the administration and the citizens.

Supervisor(s)​: Marcello Soffritti (University of Bologna)

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: Elena Chiocchetti

Start and end date: 11/2017 – 10/2020


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Jennifer-Carmen Frey

Institute for Applied Linguistics

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​PhD at  Università di Bologna (Italy)​

Title: Using Machine Learning Approaches for Data mining in corpus linguistic research

Short abstract: My project is at the intersection of computer science and corpus linguistics. I am researching how to take machine-learning-based data mining approaches (currently widely used for interdisciplinary data science) and adapt them to corpus linguistic needs. The goal of the project is to provide and evaluate methods to ease the complexity and workload of modern corpus linguistic analyses.

Supervisor(s)​: Marcello Soffritti (University of Bologna)

Start and end date: 10/2016-10/2019​​


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Judith Kathrein

Institute for Public Management

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PhD at University of Innsbruck (Austria)

Title: The Potential and Effect of Active Assisted Living Technologies in a Care Ecosystem

Short abstract: My thesis project is in the research field of Active Assistive Living (AAL) technologies. AAL technologies aim at building unobstrusive, interconnected, adaptable and intelligent environments so that older adults can increase their autonomy in their preferred living space. Research questions include the effect of technologies on the quality of life of the elderly and their caregivers, their socio-economic efficiency, as well as aspects of general innovation and care ecosystem

Supervisor(s)​: Kurt Promberger(University of Innsbruck)

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: Josef Berhnard

Start and end date: 10/2017 - 11/2020​​


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Greta Klotz

Institute for Comparative Federalism

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PhD at University of Innsbruck (Austria), University of Fribourg (Switzerland)

Title: Municipalities and Institutional Cooperation in Multilevel Systems

Short abstract: The PhD project analyses the development strategies of the constituent unit “municipality” in South Tyrol and in selected neighbouring regions in the Alpine Region, focusing mainly on their vertical and horizontal institutional cooperation.

Supervisor(s)​: Günther Pallaver (University of Innsbruck), Eva Maria Belser (University of Fribourg)

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: Francesco Palermo

Start and end date: 10/2017- 10/2020​


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Verena Lyding

Institute for Applied Linguistics

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PhD at Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany)

Title: Corpus analysis needs and linguistic visualization

Short abstract: My project aims addresses the user-centered evaluation of corpus query tools and their extension through linguistic visualizations. The project aims to foster the informed innovation of query tools by creating a thorough understanding of the research objectives of linguists, and by mapping related requirements to potential solutions of recent visualization efforts

Supervisor(s)​: Stefan Evert (Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg)

Start and end date: 07/2007-06​/2019


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Verena Platzgummer

Institute for Applied Linguistics

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PhD at University of Vienna (Austria)

Title: Linguistic Repertoires and Linguistic Self-Concepts

Short abstract: My project aims to investigate South Tyrolean students’ linguistic self-concepts, taking into account their entire linguistic repertoires. By drawing on multimodal data collected through questionnaires and interviews, I will explore how the students’ linguistic repertoires relate to their linguistic self-concepts, considering both cognitive and affective aspects.

Supervisor(s)​: Brigitta Busch and Eva Vetter (University of Vienna)

Eurac Research Tutor(s)​: Andrea Abel

Start and end date: 04/2017-04/2020​


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Ines Maria Simbrig

Institute for Public Management

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PhD at University of Duisburg Essen (Germany)

Title: The acceptance of assistive technologies and their impact on the quality of life of older people and their informal caregivers

Short abstract: Over 12 months I will test a bundle of interoperable and assistive smart-home technologies with older people living in the Bolzano-Bozen area. This randomized controlled trial will study: 1) the factors upon which the acceptance of the bundle depends, and 2) the impact of these technologies on various aspects of the quality of life of the older persons and their informal caregivers.

Supervisor(s)​: Guido Kempter, Nicole Krämer

Eurac Research Tutor(s)​: Kurt Promberger

Start and end date: 03/2019 – 02/2022​


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Kerstin Wonisch

Institute for Minority Rights

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​PhD at​ University of Graz (Austria)​

Title: Islamic Pluralism and Rights of Religious Minorities. The Impact of a State Recognition Policy on Minorities within a Religious Minority

Short abstract: My PhD project focuses on the Shia and Alevi community in Austria and their rights as religious minorities. In particular it assesses the role and duties of the State during and after the process of official legal recognition granted to the Alevi community, and the implied impact of this process on the not yet recognized Shia community. the overall aim of this PhD project is to develop a comprehensive framework for policy makers who are governing Islamic pluralism.

Supervisor(s)​: Joseph Marko (University of Graz)

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: Roberta Medda-Windischer

Start and end date: 10/2016 – 09/2019​


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Mountains

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Marcher Anja

Institute for Regional Development

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PhD at Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (Germany)

Title: Labour Migration in Tourism: A Grounded Theory Study

Short abstract: My study aims to explore the working and living conditions of migrants, mainly from Eastern European countries, who are invited to South Tyrol, Italy, to fulfill employment opportunities in the local tourism sector. I would like to contribute to a better understanding this (relatively unexplored) social reality in the region, adopting a Grounded Theory approach based on narrative interviews.​​

Supervisor(s)​: Harald Pechlaner (Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt; Eurac Research)

Start and end date: 10/2016-​10/2019


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Riccardo Barella

Institute for Earth Observation

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PhD at Polytechnic University of Milano (Italy)

Title: Monitoring the Alpine Cryosphere with Earth Observation Data

Short abstract: Glaciers are a fundamental component of alpine environment and a precious water storage system. In recent decades, global warming due to climate change has reduced their mass and has caused some of them to completely disappear. The aim of my PhD is to develop new methods for alpine glacier monitoring by exploiting satellite data to better understand glacial dynamics.

Supervisor(s)​: Marco Gianinetto (Polytechnic University of Milano)

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: Mattia Callegari

Start and end date: 11/2018 – 11/2021​


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Paulina Bartkowiak

Institute for Earth Observation

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PhD at University of Milano Bicocca (Italy)

Title: Multi-source Remote Sensing Data for Monitoring Water Availability in Alpine Natural and Agricultural Ecosystems under Changing Climate and Land-use

Short abstract: The main objective of my PhD proposal is to explore the potential applicability of remote sensing data to estimate the spatial and temporal distribution of evapotranspiration over differentiated areas in the European Alps and to evaluate the effects of land-use and climate changes on water availability in the analyzed region.

Supervisor(s)​: Roberto Colombo (University of Milano Bicocca)

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: Mariapina Castelli

Start and end date: 11/2018-11/2021​


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Aldo Bertone

Institute for Earth Observation

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PhD at University of Pavia (Italy)

Title: Slow Movements in Alpine Terrains Analyzed Combining Different Technologies: SAR Interferometry, UAV-based Remote Sensing and GPS Measurements

Short abstract: Slow movements in alpine slopes are often related with permafrost creep and can involve human infrastructures. The aim of my project is to (1) combine different techniques to detect and monitoring slow movements with SAR data in South Tyrol, and (2) assimilate ground- and remote-based techniques to improve and refine the assessment of permafrost-related slope dynamics in a specific test area.

Supervisor(s)​: Roberto Seppi (University of Pavia), Francesco Zucca (University of Pavia)

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: Mattia Callegari

Start and end date: 09/2016- 12/2019


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Giulio Maria Bianco

Institute for Earth Observation

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PhD at University of Rome Tor Vergata (Italy)

Title: Development of a New Electromagnetic System for Search and Rescue in Mountain Environments

Short abstract: The Search And Rescue (SaR) of avalanche victims is a critical topic; statistics demonstrate that half of the victims die during the first thirty minutes. My research aims to develop an electromagnetic geolocalization system based on the emerging technologies of Low-Power Wide-Area Network combined with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.

Supervisor(s)​: Gaetano Marrocco (University of Rome Tor Vergata)

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: Abraham Mejia Aguilar

Start and end date: 11/2018​-11/2021


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Sebastian Candiago

Institute for Alpine Environment

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PhD at University Cà Foscari Venice (Italy)

Title: Viticulture and Ecosystem Services in the Context of Global Change

Short abstract: My project aims to analyse the multiple relationships between mountain viticulture landscapes, ecosystem services and global change. This includes the analysis of benefits provided to humans by vineyards and the evaluation of how the major drivers of global change influence this crop system.

Supervisor(s)​: Carlo Giupponi (University Cà Foscari Venice)

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: Lukas Egarter Vigl

Start and end date: 09/2018-09/2022​


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Stefano Della Chiesa

Institute for Alpine Environment

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PhD at University of Innsbruck (Austria)

Title: Modeling the interactions between water cycle, vegetation and climate in alpine environments

Short abstract: Climate change poses several questions about the future availability of water resources and the impacts on agriculture. My research will study the interactions and processes between soil, vegetation and climate in Alpine environments

Supervisor(s)​: Ulrike Tappeiner (University of Innsbruck; Eurac Research)

Start and end date: ​​02/2013-12/2018​9


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Mehdi Darvishi

Institute for Earth Observation

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PhD at University of Trento (Italy)

Title: Integrated Earth Observation Techniques for Landslide Monitoring

Short abstract: Satellite remote sensing data have already proven their applicability to derive parameters relevant to natural hazards. In particular, differential interferometry (DInSAR) has demonstrated to be suitable for directly measuring geometric surface changes. Using the Corvara slow moving landslide as a test site, the objective of my study is a) to estimate landslide movement/velocity by the time series processing of SAR data, b) to estimate landslide movement/velocity by TLS and UAV, and c) integrate the SAR data with the TLS/UAV and GPS data.

Supervisor(s)​: Lorenzo Bruzzone (University of Trento)

Start and end date: 11/2015-05/2019​​


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Ludovica De Gregorio

Institute for Earth Observation

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PhD at University of Trento (Italy)

Title: A contribution to cryosphere monitoring in the EUREGIO region through the integration of hydrological modelling techniques and remote sensing data.

Short abstract: The main idea of my project is to integrate state-of-the-art remote sensing and hydrological modelling techniques to achieve an improved understanding of key processes related to snow and glacier dynamics in the EUREGIO region. I will focus on the energy and water balances, using a multi-level data fusion approach.

Supervisor(s)​: Lorenzo Bruzzone (University of Trento)

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: Claudia Notarnicola

Start and end date: 11/2015-05/2019


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Giulio Genova

Institute for Alpine Environment

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PhD at Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (Italy)

Title:Biogeochemical Cycling of Micronutrients in the Soil-plant System aimed at Modelling and Monitoring Chemical and Physical Soil Properties in Permanent Crops: a Geospatial Approach

Short abstract: My study focuses on understanding the bioavailability of soil micronutrients and their relationship with other chemical properties. I will also assess the spatial variability of soil properties with digital soil mapping. The aim of the work is to address agricultural challenges such as fertility management, risk assessment of toxic elements, and irrigation management.

Supervisor(s)​: Tanja Mimmo ( Free University of Bozen-Bolzano)

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: Georg Niedrist

Start and end date: 11/2018 – 11/2021​


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Felix Greifeneder

Institute for Earth Observation

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PhD at Vienna University of Technology (Austria)

Title: Estimation of surface soil moisture by means of space-borne, high resolution, microwave measurements

Short abstract: Satellite data is commonly used for the spatially-continuous sensing of soil moisture; however, the available products have a coarse spatial resolution and are not valid for mountainous regions. My thesis aims to close this gap by developing a machine-learning approach that can allow for the fusion of satellite data with other auxiliary data to take into account the complex processes in such areas.

Supervisor(s)​: Wolfgang Wagner (Vienna University of Technology)​

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: Claudia Notarnicola

Start and end date: 11/2013 – 05/2019


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Elia Guariento

Institute for Alpine Environment

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PhD at​ University of Innsbruck (Austria)

Title: Biodiversity and Trophic Structure of Soil Invertebrates along Management Intensity Gradients

Short abstract: Soil quality and soil biodiversity are closely linked and provide for central ecosystem functions and services. My research focuses on the effect of different agriculture intensities in fruit orchards and hay meadows. I will investigate how soil invertebrates, their biodiversity and their trophic chain length are influenced by agricultural intensification.

Supervisor(s)​: Ulrike Tappeiner (University of Innsbruck, Eurac Research)

Eurac Research tutor(s)​:Julia Seeber (University of Innsbruck, Eurac Research)

Start and end date: ​​07/2018- 07/2021 ​


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Christian Kofler

Institute for Earth Observation

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PhD at Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (Italy)

Title: Gravitational and Fluvial Hazards in High Mountain Areas

Short abstract: My PhD research focuses on gravitational and fluvial hazards in periglacial and glacial regions in mountainous areas. Besides their physical processes, I will also investigate exposed infrastructure and develop early-warning strategies

Supervisor(s)​: Francesco Comiti (Free University of Bozen-Bolzano)

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: Stefan Schneiderbauer

Start and end date: 11/2017-11/ 2020​


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Nikolaus Obojes

Institute for Alpine Environment

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PhD at University of Innsbruck (Austria)

Title: Global change effects on the water balance of mountain ecosystems

Short abstract: Through a review of the results of several water-balance studies, my PhD thesis deals with the effects of plant diversity, climate and land use on the water balance of mountain grasslands and forest​s.

Supervisor(s)​: Ulrike Tappeiner (University of Innsbruck; Eurac Research)

Start and end date: 01/2007-04/2019​


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Valentina Premier

Institute for Earth Observation

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​PhD at University of Trento (Italy)

Title: Innovative Multiscale Approaches for Snow Parameter Identification Exploiting Remote Sensing Data

Short abstract: My research will focus on the multitemporal analysis of remote sensing data to monitor snow melting based on Synthetic Aperture Radar. I will also perform multiscale analysis of optical remote sensing data with the aim to obtain daily high spatial resolution snow cover maps.

Supervisor(s)​: Lorenzo Bruzzone (University of Trento)

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: Carlo Marin, Claudia Notarnicola

Start and end date: 11/2018-​11/2021


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Mattia Rossi

Institute for Earth Observation

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​PhD at Free University of Bozen - Bolzano (Italy)

Title: Monitoring the Stress of Grassland Vegetation in an Alpine Environment Utilizing Ground -, Proximal – and Remote Sensing Data

Short abstract: My study focusses on retrieving parameters that represent the stress level of grassland vegetation in an alpine environment. Multiple sensors and scales will be taken into account, ranging from point measurements to satellite images. The aim is to find links between exogenous factors and the status of grassland.

Supervisor(s)​: Marc Zebisch (Eurac Research)

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: Saram Asam; Georg Niedrist 

Start and end date: 11/2016 - 11/2019​


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Alberto Scotti

Institute for Alpine Environment

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PhD at University of Innsbruck (Austria)

Title: Analysing Small Alpine Catchments Affected by Different Anthropogenic Impacts

Short abstract: My PhD research focuses on analyzing the impact of “run-of-river” (ROR) hydropower plants and of mountain agriculture at the catchment and riverine ecosystem levels. Combining the analysis of water samples with samples of benthic macroinvertebrate fauna, a before-after impact assessment will be performed on a stream whose discharge is diverted by a ROR hydropower plant. In a different catchment, a similar methodology will be used to assess the impact of mountain agriculture.Samples will be collected at each point of discontinuity of agricultural land use (e.g. forest/vineyards and vineyards/orchards).

Supervisor(s)​: Ulrike Tappeiner (University of Innsbruck; Leopold Füreder (University of Innsbruck)

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: Roberta Bottarin

Start and end date: 03/2016-03/2019​


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Stefano Terzi

Institute for Earth Observation​

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PhD at ​University Cà Foscari Venice (Italy)

Title: Multi-risk Assessment within the Context of Climate Change in Mountain Regions

Short abstract: My PhD intends to develop a methodology that can assess the relationships between different climate induced hazardous events and their territorial repercussions in mountain regions, creating a conceptual model for a comprehensive representation of climate multi-risk relations.

Supervisor(s)​: Silvia Torresan (University Cà Foscari Venice), Andrea Critto (University Cà Foscari Venice)

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: Stefan Schneiderbauer

Start and end date: 09/2016-09/2019​​


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Health​

Maria Paulina Castelo Rueda

Institute for Biomedicine

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PhD at University of Trento

Title: The Role of Mitochondria in Health and Disease

Short abstract: My project focuses on studying mitochondria of a specific cohort of parkin carriers, their families and a control population, with the aim of understanding if they can affect penetrance of mutations in nuclear genes. Cell work will be carried out using immortalized and iPS cells, where we will characterize mitochondria through high-resolution respirometry.

Supervisor(s)​:Simona Casarosa(University of Trento)

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: Andrew Hicks,Irene Pichler

Start and end date: 11/2017 – 11/2020​​​​


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Giada Cattelan

Institute for Bio​medicine

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PhD at University of Parma (Italy)

Title: Set up of a Multidimensional/Multicellular Model of Engineered Cardiac Tissue (ECT) to Investigate Cardiac Function.

Short abstract: The goal of my project is to create a physiological-mimicking 3D environment able to promote the late-stage differentiation of hiPSC-CMs.

Supervisor(s)​:Donatella Stilli (University of Parma)

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: Marzia De Bortoli, Alessandra Rossini

Start and end date: 11/2018-​10/2021​​​​


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Heidi Yoko Jäger

Institute for Mummy Studies

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PhD at Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich (Germany)

Title: Illuminating the Evolutionary History of the Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Complex (MTBC)

Short abstract: To better understand the nature of the causative agent of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB), I am aiming to reconstruct ancient MTB complex genomes by using a metagenomic approach that combines molecular biological and bioinformatic methods.

Supervisor(s)​:SAlbert Zink (Eurac Research, LMU Munich), Wolfgang Enard (LMU Munich)

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: Frank Maixner

Start and end date: 10/2018-9/2021​​


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Damia Noce

Institute for Biomedicine

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PhD at Medical University of Innsbruck​

Title: Genome-wide association study of serum levels of complement proteins C7, Factor H and terminal complement complex as marker for complement activation in individuals of the Cooperative Health Research in South Tyrol (CHRIS) study

Short abstract: My study aims to identify gene polymorphisms and variants that are associated with elevated or decreased serum levels of C7 or FH, or with enhanced complement activation determined by the measurement of the Terminal Complement Complex (TCC). We will investigate whether these individuals are at risk of various diseases like infections, cardiovascular diseases and kidney diseases or whether this status is associated with ageing.

Supervisor(s)​: Dorothea Orth-Höller (Medical University of Innsbruck), Cornelia Lass-Flörl (Medical University of Innsbruck)

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: Cristian Pattaro

Start and end date: 04/2015-05/2019 


Julia Obergasteiger

Institute for Biomedicine

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PhD at ​University Ferrara (Italy)​

Title: Mechanistic Studies in Familial Parkinson’s Disease Patient-derived Neurons to Reveal Intersection of Etiology and Risk Factor: Focus on Alpha-synuclein and RIT2

Short abstract: My project investigates the cellular role of RIT2, a genetic risk factor of Parkinson´s disease, and its interactions with alpha-synuclein, which causes familial forms and defines the pathology. I will utilize advanced cell models including patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cells differentiated into neurons, creating a platform for neurological research.

Supervisor(s)​: Michele Morari (University Ferrara)

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: Mattia Volta

Start and end date: 11/2016- 11/2019​


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Alessandra Pagliaro

Institute for Biomedicine

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PhD at University of Parma (Italy)

Title: Identification of Molecular Mechanisms Involved in Arrhythmogenic Cardiomyopathy

Short abstract: Arrhythmogenic Cardiomyopathy (ACM) is a genetic heart disease that is essentially characterised by fibro-fatty accumulation in the heart and ventricular arrhythmia. The aim of this PhD project is to clarify the role of the several genetic mutations and external factors involved in the development of the ACM. Several cellular types will be used, including cardiomyocytes obtained by induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC), taken from patients with ACM and from healthy patients.

Supervisor(s)​: Donatella Stilli(University of Parma)​

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: Alessandra Rossini, Viviana Meraviglia

Start and end date: 11/2016 - 12/2019​

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Alice Paladin

Institute for Mummy Studies

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PhD at University of Tübingen (Germany)

Title: Early Medieval South Tyrol: anthropological, paleopathological and stable isotopes analysis of skeletal human remains dated to 5th-12th century A.D.

Short abstract: My interdisciplinary project is a first attempt to understand the population dynamics of Medieval South Tyrol. The aim is to reconstruct the biological profile of approximately 150 human skeletons that were excavated from local burial sites. We will examine their physical health (paleopathology), diet and their potential non-local provenance (isotopes).

Supervisor(s)​: Katerina Harvati-Papatheodorou (University of Tübingen), Joachim Wahl (University of Tübingen), Albert Zink (Eurac Research)

Start and end date: 03/2014-10/2019


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Giulia Pontali

Institute for Biomedicine

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PhD at University of Trento (Italy)

Title: Development of models for assessing susceptibility to obesity.

Short abstract: The work will be based on data collected within the CHRIS population study. The first stage will focus on the characterization of the obese subpopulation, followed by the development of methods to assess genetic risk to obesity. The project will also provide support to a local intervention study within the EUREGIO Environment, Food & Health initiative.

Supervisor(s)​: Fulvio Mattivi (University of Trento)

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: Francisco Domingues

Start and end date: 11/2018-​10/2021


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Simon Rauch

Institute of Mountain Emergency Medicine

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PhD at University of Innsbruck (Austria

Title: Suspension Syndrome – New insights into its Pathophysiology

Short abstract:  Suspension syndrome is a potentially life-threatening event that occurs during passive suspension on a rope. The aim of my study is to clarify the pathophysiological mechanisms of this syndrome and propose treatment recommendations.

Supervisor(s)​: ermann Brugger (University of Innsbruck, Eurac Research); Martin Burtscher University of Innsbruck)

Start and end date: 10/2016-03/2019​


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Daniela Tumler

Institute for Mummy Studies

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PhD at ​Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich (Germany)

Title: Paleodemography, Health and Mobility in Early Medieval Säben- Sabiona, Italy

Short abstract: My project focuses on understanding the demography, living and health conditions of the people buried at Säben-Sabiona during the early Middle Ages. The assessment of human skeletal remains will include an anthropological and paleopathological analysis, as well as the examination of entheseal (connective tissue) changes. Moreover, stable isotope analysis focusing on human diet and mobility will be conducted. The results will provide further insights into the understanding of Early Medieval populations in South Tyrol.

Supervisor(s)​: Albert Zink (Eurac Research), Wolfgang Enard(Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich)

Start and end date: 09/2016-09/2019


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Chiara Volani

Institute for Biomedicine

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PhD at Medical University of Innsbruck

Title: Linkage of imbalances in iron homeostasis and anemia to disease burden: evaluation of underlying molecular pathways, genetic mechanisms, and environmental factors

Short abstract: My PhD deals with metabolic changes that occur during imbalances in iron homeostasis, such as anemia and iron overload. The research covers mitochondrial fitness to cellular, tissue and systemic energy balance. Principal methodological approaches include the measurement of mitochondrial respiratory capacity by means of high resolution respirometry and the analysis of metabolic profiles (metabolomics) by means of High-performance liquid chromatography combined with mass spectrometry.

Supervisor(s)​: Guenter Weiss

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: Francisco Domingues, Giuseppe Paglia

Start and end date: 04/2015 - 05/2019

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Christina Wurst

Institute for Mummy Studies

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PhD at University of Mainz (Germany)

Title: Illuminating the Evolutionary History of Atherosclerosis by Genetic Analysis of Human Mummies, Great Apes and Archaic Hominids

Short abstract: My study seeks to shed light on the prevalence of atherosclerosis in ancient populations by detecting genetic predisposition. Comparing the molecular data with the phenotypic occurrence of calcified plaques in ancient (mummified) human remains and their ancient lifestyles may help us get a better understanding of the interaction between environmental and genetic influences on the development of cardiovascular diseases.

Supervisor(s)​: Joachim Burger (University of Mainz), Albert Zink (Eurac Research)

Start and end date: 09/2014 – 10/2019


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Technologies

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Dario Bottino

Institute of Renewable Energy

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PhD at Technische Universität Dresden (Germany)

Title: Hygrothermal performance of interior insulation in historic buildings – a holistic assessment of annual energy savings, technical compatibility, life cycle performance, and installation issues

Short abstract: The PhD project will assess different insulation solutions for typical South Tyrolean and Italian historic wall constructions and different climates. The outcome will be an abacus of typical historical masonries and retrofit interventions. The hygrothermal analysis with software tools will be also complemented by tests, both in the Eurac Research’s laboratory and in onsite case studies.

Supervisor(s)​: John Gruenewald (TU Dresden)

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: Alexandra Troi

Start and end date: 03/2017-03/2020​


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Simone Buffa

Institute of Renewable Energy

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PhD at Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (Italy)

Title: Advanced control strategies for district heating and cooling networks

Short abstract: District heating and cooling (DHC) is a very promising technology for a sustainable future in urban areas. My research project aims to develop management and control strategies for a new generation DHC networks that can operate at very low temperatures (10-25°C). To this end, I will perform numerical and experimental activity at the new Exchange Laboratory.

Supervisor(s)​: Marco Baratieri (Free University of Bozen-Bolzano)

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: Roberto Fedrizzi

Start and end date: 11/2015-06/2019


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Selva Veronica Calixto Guzman

Institute of Renewable Energy

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PhD at Polytechnic University of Milano (Italy)

Title: Modelling of district heating and cooling systems at high spatial resolution

Short abstract: The aim of my project is to develop a detailed district heating and cooling (DHC) modelling tool that takes into account future energy trends and a robust interconnection of thermal and electric energy sectors in a smart and sustainable energy system.

Supervisor(s)​: Giampaolo Manzolini (Polytechnic University of Milano)

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: Roberto Fedrizzi, Marco Cozzini

Start and end date: 11/2018-10/2021​


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Giulia Chersoni

Institute of Renewable Energy

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PhD at University of Turin (Italy)​

Title: A Framework to Understand what policy interventions allow for changes in societal practices to be successful in enhancing sustainable innovation.

Short abstract: My PhD investigates existing social norms that drive our fossil-fuel-based energy system and proposes innovative behaviours that could challenge the status quo. I will hypothesize and test policy interventions that could influence behavioural changes. I will then calibrate a simulated agent based model through empirically-tested decision rules and embed it into a social network.

Supervisor(s)​: Magda Fontana (University of Turin)

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: Nives Della Valle

Start and end date: 10/2017 – 10/2021​


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Silvia Croce

Institute of Renewable Energy

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PhD at University of Padova (Italy)

Title: Urban surface use optimisation for energy production, energy efficiency and microclimate management

Short abstract: The optimisation of the configuration and use of urban surfaces may influence the production of renewable energy, the increase of energy efficiency, and the improvement of microclimatic conditions in cities. My research aims to develop a holistic method for multi-criteria environmental analyses in order to achieve urban sustainability targets.

Supervisor(s)​: Rossana Paparella (University of Padova)

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: Daniele Vettorato

Start and end date: 10/2017-10/2020​​


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Maryam Gholamzadehmir

Institute of Renewable Energy

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PhD at Polytechnic University of Milano (Italy)

Title: Advanced Controls for HVAC Systems in Residential Buildings

Short abstract: This aim of this research project is to develop the energy efficiency of HVAC systems in residential buildings by optimizing interactions between the different system components. Through simulations and validation of advanced control strategies under real conditions, I am evaluating the benefits of advanced controls of HVAC systems in terms of energy efficiency, comfort and cost saving.

Supervisor(s)​: Niccolò Aste (Polytechnic University of Milano)

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: Roberto Fedrizzi, Matteo D’Antoni

Start and end date: 05/2018-​05/2021


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Lingjun Hao

Institute of Renewable Energy

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PhD at Polytechnic University of Milano (Italy)

Title: Exploring Future Energy Performance of Historic Residential Buildings in South Tyrol: Climate considerations over time

Short abstract: My research will explore the interaction between historic buildings and climate. The aim is to propose an approach to improve buildings’ adaptability and resilience to climate variations.

Supervisor(s)​: Enrico De Angelis

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: Alexandra Troi, Daniel Herrera

Start and end date: 3/2017-3/2020​​​


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Juan Camilo Mahecha Zambrano

Institute of Renewable Energy

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PhD at Polytechnic University of Milano (Italy)

Title: Dynamic Modelling of Building Occupant Behaviour and Interaction with Energy Efficiency Devices

Short abstract: There is often a difference between the actual and predicted energy consumption of a building. To close this gap, the occupant’s behaviour must be considered in building design and operation stages. The aim of this project is to model the occupant behaviour, integrate it with simulation tools, and produce guidelines for designing flexible buildings.

Supervisor(s)​: Graziano Salvalai (Polytechnic University of Milano)

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: Ulrich Filippi Oberegger

Start and end date: 02/2019-01/2022​​​​​


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Sascha Lindig​

Institute of Renewable Energy

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PhD at University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)

Title: Uncertainty in PV Energy Performance: a framework to link technical failures, outdoor effects and degradation with financial indicators

Short abstract: My research aims to assess how improved models for the qualification of outdoor effects and performance degradation can help the operation and maintenance of photovoltaics (PV) to improve their financial benefits.

Supervisor(s)​: Marko Topič (University of Ljubljana)

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: David Moser

Start and end date: 10/2017-09/2020​


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Marco Lovati​

Institute of Renewable Energy

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PhD at University of Trento (Italy)

Title: Methodologies and Tools for BiPV Implementation in the Early Stages of Architectural Design.

Short abstract: My objective is to develop a method and consequently a computer tool to introduce Building-Integrated Photovoltaics (BiPVs) into the architectural workflow. The tool will be based on existing free BPA (building performance analysis) tools such as Radiance and Energy+, and will include features specifically developed for the simulation of BiPV components.

Supervisor(s)​: Rossano Albatici (University of Trento)

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: Laura Maturi

Start and end date: 11/2016 - ​11/2019


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Marco Pierro

Institute of Renewable Energy

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PhD at University of Rome Tor Vergata (Italy)

Title: Smartgrid Operative Tools for High PV Penetration

Short abstract: As the market penetration of photovoltaics grows, the estimation and forecast of solar production becomes more and more important to assure the stability of the electrical grid. The aim of my PhD project is to develop and test different algorithms that estimate and forecast photovoltaic power (on site and regional scale), as well as schedule transmission and track net load. These algorithms can be adopted by photovoltaic producers and transmission and distribution system operators as operative tools to manage and balance the electric grid and to reduce trading costs in energy markets.

Supervisor(s)​: Cristina Cornaro (University of Rome Tor Vergata)

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: David Moser

Start and end date: 11/2016 - ​​11/2019


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Riccardo Pinotti

Institute of Renewable Energy

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PhD at Free University of Bolzano – Bozen (Italy)

Title: Development of a Timber-made Prefabricated Multifunctional Façade for the Retrofit of Residential Buildings

Short abstract: The aim of my research isto develop tools and systems for a timber-made prefabricated multifunctional façade. This technology will be applied on an existing residential building, namely one of the study cases of the 4RinEu project. Robust and reliable strategies will be studied in order to reach a strong concept of prefabricated façade, capable of increasing building performance and occupants´ comfort, while reducing of production and mounting costs.

Supervisor(s)​: Andrea Gasparella (Free University of Bolzano – Bozen)

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: Roberto Lollini

Start and end date: 11/2016 – 11/2019​​​


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Matteo Giacomo Prina​

Institute of Renewable Energy

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PhD at Polytechnic University of Milano (Italy)

Title: Renewable energy high penetration scenarios using bottom-up modelling

Short abstract: The modelling of future renewable energy high-penetration scenarios is a complex multi-objective optimization (MOO) problem. I will develop renewable energy high penetration scenarios through the use of a simulation model (e.g. energyPLAN). I will then combine a multi-objective optimization algorithm that will determine the non-dominated solutions front. The final aim is to create a technical tool that can support energy policy-makers.

Supervisor(s)​: Giampaolo Manzolini (Polytechnic University of Milano)

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: David Moser

Start and end date: 11/2015-06/2019


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Mattia Secchi​

Institute of Renewable Energy

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PhD at​ University di Trento (Italy)

Title: Sustainable Power Generation and Electric Mobility Integration in Smart Grids

Short abstract: My PhD aims to analyse the impact of plug-in electric vehicles on modern electrical grids in order to maximise the penetration of renewable sources in our cities. I will also develop new models to help address power quality issues such as grid frequency and amplitude.

Supervisor(s)​: Dario Petri (University of Trento)

Eurac Research tutor(s): Grazia Barchi

Start and end date: 11/2018- 11/2021​​


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Simone Torresin​

Institute of Renewable Energy

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PhD at​ University of Trento (Italy)

Title: Indoor Environmental Quality as the Main Driver for Energy Efficiency in the Residential Sector: Measures, Technology and Concepts

Short abstract: The aim of this research project is to establish methods and tools for an integrated analysis of the indoor environment in residential buildings. These tools and methods will be used to determine a “comfort value” function that will enable comparison of buildings from the perspective of Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ).

Supervisor(s)​: Rossano Albatici (University of Trento)

Eurac Research tutor(s): Francesco Babich, Roberto Lollini

Start and end date: 11/2018 – 11/2021​


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Roberto Vaccaro​

Institute of Renewable Energy

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PhD at Polytechnic University of Milano (Italy)

Title: Decision support methods and models for decision-makers for the energy transition of regional economies

Short abstract: The focus of my research is the development and testing of a joint modelling tool that combines energy simulation software with macroeconomic impact analysis algorithms which are extended to include socio-environmental aspects. The tool will provide insights to policy- and decision-makers at regional level in the evaluation of low-carbon transitions scenarios.

Supervisor(s)​: Matteo Vincenzo Rocco (Polytechnic University of Milano)

Eurac Research tutor(s): Giulia Garegnani

Start and end date: 11/2017 – 11/2021​​


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Elisa Veronese​

Institute of Renewable Energy

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PhD at​ Polytechnic University of Milano (Italy)

Title: Beyond the LCOE Approach: a New Methodology for the Cost Evaluation of Photovoltaic Energy

Short abstract: Beginning with an analysis of the limitations of the traditional levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) approach, the aim of my study is to provide a new methodology and/or a new index that could permit a more complete evaluation of the economic feasibility of photovoltaic systems. The method should be able to consider all expenses and revenues associated with the technology in relation to the context in which the photovoltaic plants are operating, i.e. the electrical system.

Supervisor(s)​: Giampaolo Manzolini ( Polytechnic University of Milano)

Eurac Research tutor(s): David Moser

Start and end date: 02/2018 – 02/2021​


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Ilaria Vigna​​​

Institute of Renewable Energy

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PhD at Polytechnic University of Milano (Italy)

Title: Energy Flexibility for Building Clusters

Short abstract: My research deals with the activities of EBC ANNEX 67 “Energy Flexible Buildings”. It aims to define a new concept for building clusters that is able to manage energy demand and generation according to RES availability and occupant needs. .

Supervisor(s)​: Marco Imperadori (Polytechnic University of Milan)​​

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: Roberto Lollini, Roberta Pernetti​

Start and end date: 11/2016 – 11/2019​​​


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