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Annina Steinbach

Postal address : Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics (MBB), C2, Molly Stevens' group, Scheeles väg 2, 17177 Stockholm, Sweden

About me

I am material scientist and love to work between the borders of disciplines and fields.
I studied biochemistry at Ulm University where I graduated from with a MSc degree in 2008. For my doctoral work, I was in a chemistry lab, looking at polymeric biomaterials for bone tissue. After that, I did my first postdoc at an electrical engineering institute, broadening my knowledge on material synthesis. Since 2017, I am here at KI to focus more on the biological side of biomaterial-cell interactions.


2014 – Dr. rer. nat. (PhD) from the Institute of Physics, University of Augsburg, Germany on thin polymeric films as biomaterials
2008 – MSc in Biochemistry from Ulm University, Germany
2006 – BSc in Biochemistry from Ulm University, Germany

Research description

I came to KI to explore the interactions of cells with silicon nanowire materials and the possibility to use these materials as scaffolds in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. I am fascinated by how nanomaterials behave in physiological environments and how their properties influence and sometimes determine cell reactions and cell fate. Due to the scientific imprint during my doctoral work I am especially interested in mesenchymal stem cells, osteogenic differentiation and their interplay with materials. Back then, I synthesised thin patterned polymer films and investigated their applicability as bone implant coatings by looking at mineralisation properties and biocompatibility. In between, I worked on silicon nanowires as (bio)chemical field-effect transistor sensors. It is still the material I work with at KI but in the context of biomaterials.

Teaching portfolio

2014-2016 – Chemistry/Science classes for gifted and highly-gifted children (Hector-Kinderakademie)
2013-2016 – Co-lecturer “Biosensors”
2010-2012 – Lab supervisor in chemistry classes for material science and physics students
since 2008 – Supervised 5 lab internships, 1 Bachelor and 4 Master thesis projects
2005-2010 – Lab demonstrator in chemistry classes for medicine students

Academic honours, awards and prizes

2017-2019 – DFG research scholarship
2016           – VW-Stiftung “Engineering and Life” Conference Travel Grant
2008-2010 – LGFG postgraduate scholarship