Short CV/Education and training


  • 1989 – 1995
    Study of Biology (Plant physiology) at the University of Salzburg (Graduation to Mag. rer. nat. )

  • 1996 – 1999
    Study of Environmental Science and Engineering at the Technical University Vienna and University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna

  • 1999 – 2003
    PhD at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, Austria (Graduation to Dr. rer. nat. tech., predicate excellent)

Professional Curriculum

  • 1996 – 1999
    Analytical chemist at BIUTEC (Biotechnology and Environmental Technology Research & Development), Vienna, Austria

  • 1999 – 2003
    Research associate at the Institute of Botany, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, Austria

  • 2003 – 2003
    Post-doc at the Institute of Botany, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria

  • 2004 – 2006
    Post-doc at the Max-Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Department Biomaterials, Potsdam, Germany

  • 2006 – 2009
    APART fellowship (Austrian program for advanced research and technology, Austrian Academy of Sciences): 'From plant cell walls to bioinspired nanocomposites'

  • 2009 – 2010
    Research assistant at the Institute of Polymer Science, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria

  • 2010 – 2012
    Research assistant at the Institute of Wood Science and Technology, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria

  • Since 2012
    Senior assistant (Oberassistentin) at the Institute for Building Materials, ETH Zürich, Switzerland

Selected publications

  • 2012 Gierlinger N, Keplinger T, Harrington M: Imaging of plant cell walls by Confocal Raman microscopy. Nature Protocols 7(9): 1694-1708. DOI:10.1038/nprot.2012.092

  • 2011 Richter S, Müssig J, Gierlinger N: Functional plant cell wall design revealed by the Raman imaging approach. Planta 233(4): 763-772. DOI: 10.1007/s00425- 010-1338-z

  • 2010 Gierlinger N, Luss S, König C, Konnerth J, Eder M, Fratzl P: Cellulose microfibril orientation of Picea abies and its variability at the micron-level determined by Raman imaging. Journal of Experimental Botany 61(2): 587- 595. DOI: 10.1093/jxb/erp325

  • 2010 Schreiber N, Gierlinger N, Pütz N, Fratzl P, Neinhuis C, Burgert I (2010) Gfibres in storage roots of Trifolium pratense (Fabaceae): Tensile stress generators for contraction. Plant Journal 61(5): 854-861. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365- 313X.2009.04115.x

  • 2008 Gierlinger N, Goswami L, Schmidt M, Burgert I, Coutand C, Rogge T, Schwanninger M: In-situ FT-IR microscopic study on enzymatic treatment of poplar wood cross-sections. Biomacromolecules 9: 2194-2201. DOI: 10.1021/bm800300b

  • 2007 Gierlinger N, Schwanninger M: The potential of Raman microscopy and Raman imaging in plant research – Review. Spectroscopy 21(2): 69-89.

  • 2006 Gierlinger N, Schwanninger M, Reinecke A, Burgert I: Molecular changes during tensile deformation of single wood fibers followed by Raman microscopy. Biomacromolecules, 7 (7): 2077-2081. DOI: 10.1021/bm060236g

  • 2006 Gierlinger N, Schwanninger M: Chemical imaging of secondary plant cell walls by Confocal Raman microscopy. Plant physiology 140: 1246-54. DOI: 10.1104/pp.105.066993

  • 2004 Gierlinger N, Jacques D, Schwanninger M, Wimmer R, Pâques LE: Extractives and lignin content of different species and origins of larch heartwood (Larix sp.) and relationships to brown-rot decay-resistance, Trees, 18: 230-36. DOI: 10.1007/s00468-003-0300-0

  • 2002 Gierlinger N, Schwanninger M, Hinterstoisser B, Wimmer R: Rapid determination of heartwood extractives in Larix sp. by means of Fourier transform near infrared spectroscopy. Journal of Near Infrared spectroscopy 10: 203-214.


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