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Nano-Microbiology / Yoojin Oh

Curriculum Vitae

2004 – 2009


PhD in Physics (Condensed Matter Physics), Department of Physics, College of Natural Science, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea.

2000 – 2004

BSc. in Department of Physics, College of Natural Science,

Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea

08/2018 – present

Project Leader (Group leader)

Elise-Richter Fellow, Institute of Biophysics, JKU Linz, Austria

03/2017 - present

Lecturer, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria

05/2017 – 08/2018

R&D Engineer, EISGSIS, Keysight Technologies GmbH, Austria

05/2014 – 04/2017

Project Leader, APART Fellow (Austrian Programme for Advanced Research and Technology, Austrian Academy of Sciences), Institute of Biophysics, JKU Linz, Austria

08/2013 – 04/2014

Post-doc, Institute of Biophysics, JKU Linz, Austria

08/2011 – 07/2013

Marie-Curie Fellow, IIF fellowship, FP7, EU

Host institute: Institute of Biophysics, JKU Linz, Austria

05/2010 – 07/2011

Post-doc, Institute of Biophysics, JKU Linz, Austria

10/2009 – 04/2010

R&D Engineer & Training in CD-Lab (industrial partner Agilent Technologies GmbH), Institute of Biophysics, JKU Linz, Austria



Selected Talks at International Conferences


Invited talk, 17th International Workshop on Nanomechanical Sensing (NMC2021), Calgary, Canada


Lecture series, NABIAM, University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic


Lab Seminary, College of Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon, Korea


Seminar, Unite de Chimi des Interfaces, Universite Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium


Invited talk, EKC (European-Korean Conference), Stockholm, Sweden


SHAMROK Seminar, Department of Physics, University of Sheffield, UK


Invited talk, International Scanning Probe Microscopy Conference, Seoul, Korea


University Colloquia, University Clinic of Dentistry Vienna, Vienna, Austria



Keynote Address, Microscopy Society of Southern Africa Annual Conference, Pretoria



Lab Seminary, Oak Ridge National Lab., Tennessee, USA



Lab Seminary, Department of Physics, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK



Research Interests

Our research focuses on nano-metric properties of bio-materials (proteins, bacteria, biofilm, pathogens, materials for bio-applications) that require the application of a whole portfolio of nanoscopic and microscopic. Particularly, we have investigated pathogenic systems with single molecule biophysics methods to establish interdisciplinary medically-oriented research, by incorporating biophysics, physics, microscopy, engineering, and microbiology. Our main interest of research is to understand the detailed molecular mechanisms underlying bacterial interaction and the development of biofilm pathogenicity.


  • Atomic fore microscopy (AFM) 
  • Single molecule force spectroscopy (SMFS)
  • Surface plasmon resonance (SPR)






Lisa Hain PhD student lisa.hain@jku.at
Karin Albrecht Bachelor student  



DOC-program (Molecular Interactions of European Lyme Disease Spirochetes probed by AFM, L. Hain), Austrian Academy of Sciences (OEAW). Mentor


Elise-Richter Programm (SPM studies on single cellular interactions with biofilm), FWF. PI


Joint Research Project South Korea-Austria (Quantification of DNA and protein biomarkers without amplification using AFM), FWF. Co-PI


Scientific & Technological Cooperation with Czech Republic (Role of adhesins in formation of Borrelia burgdorferi biofilm-like structures), OEAD. PI


Scientific & Technological Cooperation with India (Single molecule biophysics using a small amplitude atomic force microscopy), OEAD. PI


Scientific & Technological Cooperation with Czech Republic (Deciphering the molecular interactions involved in the pathogenesis of European Lyme Disease spirochete), OEAD. Co-PI


Austrian Programme for Advanced Research and Technology [APART] (Nanoscopic studies of single molecular fimbril adhesion and recognition) Austrian Academy of Sciences (OEAW). PI


AMISTEC GmbH, Austria (Influence of surface morphology on the antimicrobial effect of transition metal oxides in polymer surface), Co-PI


Marie Curie Incoming Fellowship (Microbial recognition and adhesion on the nano scale using Bio-SPM), FP7, EU. PI


Instrument development for frequency modulation-AFM, City of Linz and Upper Austria Government. Co-PI


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