Andreas was born in Vienna, Austria, and finished his BSc studies in Food Science and Biotechnology at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU) in 2014, followed by an MSc in Biotechnology with focus on Nanobiotechnology and Biophysics.
From 2018 to 2021, he performed his PhD studies in the lab of Prof. Toca-Herrera at the Institute of Biophysics at BOKU, using AFM and optical microscopy techniques to study the structural and mechanical properties of biological materials from the nano- to the microscale. His work has resulted in publications about methodological advances in AFM, differential mechanics in epithelial breast cancer cells, and bacterial mechanics.
In August 2022, he joined the Charras Lab and is currently working on early gastrulation in the chick embryo and the connection of signalling, mechanics, and morphogenesis in that system. For this, he is applying tissue scale stretches. In June 2023, he will start an UKRI funded Postdoc fellowship (initially funded as an MSCA), working on mechanics and signalling in mitotic furrowing, combining AFM, imaging and optogenetics.