Florian Weiland

Florian Weiland

School of Biological Sciences

Faculty of Sciences


My background is a engineering degree in "Brewery sciences and beverage technology" from the Technical University of Munich. This was furthered by a PhD in Proteomics at the lab of Prof. Dr. Dr. Angelika Görg.

My main focus is the identification of novel diagnostic markers of early stage ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer is the eighth most common cancer in women in Australia and the leading cause of gynecological cancer related deaths. Patients are usually diagnosed with advanced disease stages where the 5-year overall survival rate is low. This stands in contrast to patients diagnosed with stage I disease where the 5-year overall survival rate is 93%. This means markers for diagnosis of early disease stages would have a major impact on the outcome of ovarian cancer, vastly improving survival rates.

A further focus of my work is on the molecular characterization of the ovarian cancer biomarker CA125. Although CA125 is a widely used marker for ovarian cancer it is lacking specificity and sensitivity. Further, serum levels of CA125 are only increased in around 50% of early stage ovarian cancer. Improvement of the diagnostic capability of CA125 would therefore be valuable.

Additional projects I'm involved in are the application of MALDI mass spectrometry profiling for the identification of spoilage microorganisms for biological quality control in the South Australian beverage industry and a cross-disciplinary project between Proteomics and Geo-microbiology for the development of an ultra-sensitive biodetector for gold.

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  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    German Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2005 - 2010 Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt Universitaet Greifswald Germany Dr. rer. nat.
    2000 - 2005 Technische Universitaet Muenchen Germany Diplom-Ingenieur

2014:

Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS), University of Adelaide, Pilot Project Grant: "Identification of spoilage micro-organisms in beer using mass spectrometry profiling"

2015:

Photonics Catalyst Program, University of Adelaide, Coopers Brewery Ltd. (Adelaide), South Australian Government: „Rapid identification of beer-spoilage micro-organisms using mass-spectrometry profiling

Environment Institute, University of Adelaide: „An Ultra-sensitive Biosensor for the Detection of Gold

2016:

Photonics Catalyst Program, University of Adelaide, Hills Cider Company (Adelaide), South Australian Government: „Improving microbial quality control practices within the SA beverage industry“


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