Washington DC

About this Chapter

The ASCINA Chapter of Greater Washington, DC, which also includes the Baltimore area, is among the oldest ASCINA chapters.


ASCINA DC members work at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), NASA, the International Monetary Found, the Smithsonian Institution, the World Bank, University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University, Georgetown University, George Washington University, American University, Virginia Tech, think tanks and non-profit organizations. Due to the proximity to the Austrian Embassy we have close ties with the Office of Science and Technology (OST), which also organizes scientific events on a regular basis.

We meet regularly for scientific and social activities.


Michaela Willi received the Award of Excellence for her PhD dissertation in the area of Bioinformatics (announcement from the Innsbruck Medical University). Her thesis on the regulation of gene expressions through enhancers and genetic boundaries was conducted under the guidance of Zlatko Trajanoski (Biocenter Innsbruck Med. Uni.) and Lothar Hennighausen (NIDDK/NIH).

Next Event


November 19, 2019: Dr. Johannes Passecker, 

Title: "Controlling the Prefrontal Cortex for improved Decision-making", NIH, Behesda and  Columbia University, New York

Bio & Abstract:
Johannes is a system neuroscientist at Columbia University, New York, USA and the National Institute of Health, Bethesda, USA holding a Ph.D. in behavioral neuroscience from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. At the core of his scientific quest is the question of how does the brain form decisions? and what maladaptive changes occur in the brains of psychiatric disorders that alter decision-making? In his pursuit to answer those questions, he applies novel technologies to study neural circuits that contribute to the planning of future actions in both healthy brains and models of psychiatric diseases. In his talk, he will share some of his current and past work focusing on the neurological foundation of decision-making and how it may help to solve cognitive deficits in patients suffering from schizophrenia. More info @ www.jpassecker.com


ASciNA Talks

Once a month we organize an ASCINA talk, where a member of our group gives an overview over his/her field of research or presents current work. After the talks we typically convene for food and drinks and further discussion.

Location of most talks:
Tenleytown Library
4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington DC, 20016


If you would like to receive email invitations to our events, sign up by sending us an email. We look forward to meeting you!

Chapter head:
Gerald Brandacher (gbranda2 \at jhmi \dot edu)
Deputy Chapter head:
Cornelia Fermüller (fer \at cfar \dot umd dot edu)
Group Washington:
Cornelia Fermüller (fer \at cfar \dot umd dot edu)
Eisa Arthofer (elisaarthofer \at gmail \dot com)
Group Baltimore:
Gerald Brandacher (gbranda2 \at jhmi \dot edu)
Georg Furtmüller (gfurtmu1 \at jhmi \dot edu)

Past events


1.5.2019: "Mid-Atlantic Noble Gas Research Lab: 40Ar-39Ar geochronology of lunar meteorites" -- Dr. Barbara Frasl (NASA/The Catholic University of America)


8.3.2018: " Rock-eating fungi: Siderophores as knives" -- Kurt Haselwandter (University of Innsbruck)


8.11.2018 "Neuroimaging of major depression and antidepressant treatment" -- Christoph Kraus (NIH)


9.11.2017: "Photons, superposition, entanglement, teleportation, quantum dots and what this all has to do with a cat" -- Tobias Huber (UMD & NIST)


25.4.2017: "Genomics and neurodegeneration" -- Sonja Scholz (NIH)

2.3.2017 "Identifying pathogens in brain and corneal infections using next-generation sequencing" -- Florian Breitwieser (JHU)

15.1.2017: Neujahrsbrunch


7.11. 2016: "APEC Study Centre in Colima (Mexico) und Exlorationsstudie am Office of Science and Technology Austria OSTA" , Jürgen Haberleithner


11.4. 2016 "Global income inequality and carbon emissions, " Klaus Hubacek (Embassy of Austria)


24.3. 2016 " Multi-modal and Robotic Medical Imaging - Path towards Simplifying Surgery, " -- Bernhard Fürst (Johns Hopkins University)


10.1. 2016 Neujahr's Brunch


18.11. 2015 "The role of molecular simulation in modern biology" -- Gerhard König

23.6. 2015 "Das frühe Broadway-Musical zwischen Operette und Swing-Band. Eine musikwissenschaftliche Spurensuche an der Library of Congress" - Agnieszka Zagozdzon

9.4. 2015 "Pituitary and adrenal hormones: Regulation of secretion and peripheral effects" - Marie Helene Schernthaner-Reiter

18.2. 2015 The myeloid immune signature of etbf induced colon tumors - Erik Thiele Orberg

10.1. 2015 Neujahrsbrunch


19.11.2014 "Interventionelle Radiologie - Mehr als nur "Bilder anschauen" - Rüdiger Schernthaner

2.10.2014 Novel Therapeutic Strategies for Acute Leukemia – Beyond Chemotherapy. Hanna Knaus

16.8.2014: ASCINA Greater DC BBQ 2014

24.6.2014: Besuch des NASA Goddard Space Flight Centers - Karin Muglach

14.4.2014: Farewell party for Traudl Robinson

15.3.2014 "Die Neugestaltung der KZ-Gedenkstaette Mauthausen - aktuelle Herausforderungen und Schwerpunkte in Forschung, Vermittlung und Aufarbeitung" - Barbara Glueck

13.3.2014: "Current standing on allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation or how to cheat nature" - Zoya Kuzmina


"Vision measurement in the eye with macular disease" - Walter Gutstein

16.1.2014 "Modernizing Official Statistics" - Michaela Denk


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Elisa Arthofer
Elisa Arthofer
Chapter Head
Gerald Brandacher
Gerald Brandacher
Chapter Head
Cornelia Fermuller
Cornelia Fermuller
Chapter Head
Georg J. Furtmüller
Georg J. Furtmüller
Chapter Head
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