Directors

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Thorsten M. Buzug#

Thorsten M. Buzug was born in Lübeck. He received his PhD in 1993 in applied physics at the Christian-Albrecht-University in Kiel in the field of analysis of nonlinear dynamical systems. From 1993 to 1994 he was a research associate at the Research Institute of the German Armed Forces for Waterborne Sound and Geophysics (FWG) in Kiel. There he was involved in the signal processing of underwater sound systems especially for sonar applications. At the end of 1994 he moved to Philips Research Laboratories in Hamburg. There he was head of the research cluster for medical image processing and managed several projects in this field. In October 1998 he was appointed Professor of Physics and Medical Technology at the RheinAhrCampus Remagen. There he was also chairman of the Academic Development Committee from 2000 to 2004 and chairman of the joint Scientific Council of the departments from 2004 to 2006. 

In December 2006 he became director of the Institute for Medical Engineering at the University of Lübeck. There he also served as Vice President of the University of Lübeck from 2011 to 2016. In 2020, he was additionally appointed by the Executive Board of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft as executive director (acting) of the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Individualized and Cell-Based Medical Engineering IMTE.

He has published numerous articles in scientific journals, conference proceedings and books. He is a member of the National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech), the German Physical Society (DPG), the German Society for Biomedical Engineering (DGBMT), the German Society for Non-Destructive Testing (DGfZP) and the IEEE.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Philipp Rostalski#

Philipp Rostalski was born in Niebüll, Germany in 1978. He received his Diploma in Electrical Engineering (Dipl. Ing.) with focus on Measurement and Control from the Hamburg University of Technology, Germany, in 2004.

In 2005 he joined the Automatic Control Laboratory at ETH Zürich, Switzerland as, where he worked at the interface of algebraic geometry, optimization and control. After several international research exchanges, he completed his Ph.D. in 2009. His thesis was awarded with the ETH Medal for outstanding Ph.D. theses.

In 2009 he joined the Department of Mathematics at UC Berkeley and later in the year 2010 also the Department of Mechanical Engineering as a Feodor Lynen Fellow of the German Alexander von Humboldt Foundation working on problems in applied mathematics, most notably: convex algebraic geometry graphical.

Between 2011 and 2015 he was a research engineer and project manager for mechatronics applications at the Dräger Research Unit in Lübeck, Germany. He was responsable for projects in signal processing and control with focus on pneumatic systems and respiratory care. 

Since 2015 he is the director of the Institute for Electrical Engineering in Medicine, Universität zu Lübeck, Germany.

In 2020 he joined the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft as a director of the Fraunhofer Research Institution for
Individualized and Cell-Based Medical Engineering.

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Charli Kruse#

From the very beginning, Charli Kruse, a biologist, was the director of the FhG-IBMT working group in Lübeck, the precursor of the EMB. As head of the “Intracellular Transport” working group of the Institute for Medical Molecular Biology at the University of Lübeck, he then moved to the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft. He is a member of the Sections computer science / technology, natural sciences, and medicine of the University of Lübeck. Professor Kruse studied marine ecology and obtained his PhD in the field of fish physiology. In the year 2000, he was qualified as a university lecturer in the specialized field of molecular biology. He teaches cell biology.