Sebastian Klepsch


KlepschMy name is Sebastian and I’m currently doing my Phd thesis at the stem cell aging research group. After finishing my bachelors degree at the University of Innsbruck I went to Mc Masters University (Canada) where I first got into close contact with stem cell research in Mick Bhatias lab.  Fascinated by this peculiar cell type I went back to Innsbruck to gain further insights. My main focus thereby is to elucidate molecular mechanisms that impinge on mesenchymal stem cell fate decision, with a focus on osteogenesis. In order to do so I’m trying to artificially rebuild the in vivo niche of MSC’s in a 3D in vitro culture systems.



Curriculum Vitae:

2011-                PhD student  Stem Cell Aging Research Group (Medical University Innsbruck)
2011-2011        Master thesis at the Stem Cell Aging Group (Austrian academy of science)
2010-2011        Exchange student McMaster University (Canada)  Mick Bhatias lab
2009-2011        Studies of microbiology(Leopold Franzens University Innsbruck)
2009-2011        Studies of molecular cell and developmental biology (Leopold Franzens University                          Innsbruck)
2007-2011        Studies of management and economics (Leopold Franzens University Innsbruck)
2006-2009        Studies of Biology (Leopold Franzens University Innsbruck (bachelor’s degree))

Fellowships and Grants:

2014-2015        Marietta Blau Fellowship, Federal Ministry of Science and Research (BMWF)
2014                 Travel Grant “International Communication”, Austrian research promotion (ÖFG)
2014                 invited speaker “Next generation leaders in ageing research intensive programme”, Rimini

Honours and Awards:

2013                 Stress and Ageing International Symposium, 2nd poster prize, Universitätsklinikum Halle

Talks and Poster presentations:

2014                 12th International Symposium on Neurobiology and Neuroendocrinology of Aging, Bregenz
2014                 Next generation leaders in ageing research intensive programme, Rimini (talk)
2014                 International Society for Stem Cell Research ISSCR, 12th Annual Meeting, Vancouver                                         (talk+ poster)
2013                 9th Meeting of Life Science PhD Students of Innsbruck Universities, Innsbruck
2013                 World Conference on Regenerative Medicine, Leipzig
2013                 5th ÖGMBT Annual Meeting / 5th Life Science Meeting of the Innsbruck Universities,                          Innsbruck
2013                 Stress and Ageing: from Molecular Biology to Clinical Perspectives, Halle an der Saale
2012                 7th Annual Congress of the German Society for Stem Cell Research, Leipzig
2012                 8th Meeting of Life Science PhD Students of Innsbruck Universities, Innsbruck
2012                 4th Life Science Meeting of Innsbruck Universities, Igls
2012                11th International Symposium on Neurobiology and Neuroendocrinology of Aging, Bregenz

Memberships and Position

2014-               member of the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR)
2013-               Elected PhD representative of the Medical University Innsbruck (ÖH)
2013-               Mandatory of the Senate, Medical University Innsbruck
2013-               PhD program representative “The aging of biological communication systems”
2012-               ÖGMBT, Austrian society for molecular biology and biotechnology