Karine Sargsyan

Co-founder, Lecturer

Email: karine.sargsyan@eliteacademygraz.at

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Curriculum Vitae

Karine Sargsyan, MD

Address: Payer-Weyprechtstrasse 21

8020, Graz, Austria

Phone: +43 316 995189

Mobile: +43 676 5301513

E-mail: karine.sargsyan@eliteacademygraz.at,E-mail: karine.sargsyan@medunigraz.at


Personal Information:

Date of birth: 13. May 1976

Place of birth: Kirovakan, Armenia

Citizenship: Austrian

Marital status: Married, Daughter

Current positions

03/2017 – current Vice Scientific Leader and Lecturer, Cross-Cultural communication and migration management, Karl Franzens University Graz, Uni for Life

08/2016 – current Vice Scientific Leader and Lecturer, MSc in Biobanking, Medical University of Graz

12/2012 – current Head of IT – Department Biobank Graz, Medical University of Graz

09/2007 – current COO of Biobank Graz, Medical University of Graz


Previous positions

09/2010 – 05/2017 Independent Private Activity, Mental Trainer, Advisor in Innovation, Communication and Negotiation Skills Trainer (sp. Social, Industry and Politics in multicultural environment; only on demand)

07/2009 – 03/2017 Qualified interpreter, Translator for Armenian, Russian to English, German, DDDR. Micolini/State Court STMK/ State Asylum Office STMK (only on demand)

06/2009 – 12/2011 Scientific Director, Competence Centre K BioPersMed (Biomarkers for Personalised Medicine)

08/2005 – 08/2007 Scientist in STYJOBS (Styrian Juvenile Obesity Study), Clinical Institute of Medical and Chemical Laboratory Diagnostics, Medical University of Graz

01/2005 – 09/2007 Scientist in Pediatric Gastroenterology and Hepatology Department, Department of Pediatrics and Adolescence Medicine, Medical University of Graz

12/2004 – 06/2005 Coauthor and Coeditor, “Pediatric Guidelines”, Institute of Child and Adolescent Health / MOH

11/2004 – 01/2005 Project Coordinator, “Continuing Medical Education in Pediatrics”, ICAH / CHCA / Ministry of Health of RA, Yerevan

03/2004 – 01/2005 Head of Division of Medical and Clinical Nutrition, and Metabolic Disorders, Institute of Child and Adolescent Health, Yerevan, “Arabkir” Joint Medical Center

05/2003 – 01/2005 Exclusive medical representative, market initialization and market entry, tutor, Nestle Nutrition, Caucasus region

11/2002 – 04/2003 Coauthor as Pediatric Expert, “Introduction of National Law on Immunization in Armenia”, CHCA / MOH with support of UNICEF

01/2002 – 04/2003 Pediatrician (general practice), “Manuk” pediatric polyclinic, Yerevan

01/2002 – 06/2005 Project assistant “Integrated Armenian National Bio- recourses – Armenian National Genes – as a Model of Integrated Research for Improving Health and Welfare in Armenia”, Medical University Yerevan, Department of Genetics / MOH

10/1996 -12/1998 Nurse, “Mariam” polyclinic center, Yerevan

01/1996 – 10/1996 Children’s Trainer, motivation and metal stability, Children’s psychologic support center “Aralez”

05/1994 – 02/1996 HR Clerk (HR manager from 1995), “Montajnik-90”cjsc

09/1992 – 05/1994 Masseuse, Children’s swimming school



2014 Certified Mental coach, Mentalakademie STMK, Graz, Austria

2014 – current Dr. sci. Med., Doctoral school for sustainable health, Medical University of Graz, Austria

2004 – 2006 Expert of Medical and Clinical Nutrition, by AKH Zürich – VAD Association, Switzerland, at Institute of Child and Adolescent Health, Yerevan, Armenia

2004 PostDoc Education in „Medical sciences“ at University of Moscow (equivalent to PhD)

2002 – 2004 Practical Psychology, Yerevan State University, Armenia

2002 – 2004 Management and Optimization in Health Institutions, University Centre for Postgraduate Education: Leadership and Management, Yerevan, Armenia

2002 Organization and conducting of Emergency medical services during catastrophes and extreme situations, NHI Armenia, Department of Military Medicine

1999 Specialization – MD in General Pediatrics, Republican Children’s Clinical Hospital, Yerevan, Armenia

1993 – 1998 Medical Doctor, Pediatrician, Yerevan State Medical University, Armenia

1983 – 1993 Gold medal (Excellence diploma), Secondary school No 5 after Vahan Teryan, Armenia


Fellowships and awards

2016 Healthcare & Life Sciences Awards 2016: “Most outstanding academic Biobank”

2016 International Life Sciences Awards 2016: “Best European Academic Biobank”

2014 ESBBs Research Biobank of the Year Competition (RBYC): “Biobank of the Year 2014”

2014 Poster Prize ESBB 2014 Conference: “Is expert education needed in biobanking?” Leipzig, Germany, 21st-24th October.

2013 Poster Prize ESBB 2013 Conference: “Development of an open informed consent for biobanking” Verona, Italy, 8th-11th October.

2009 2009 Hochschulmanagementpreis der Donau Universität Krems – Sonderpreis

2005 International Fellowship of the Nutricia Research Foundation (ESPGHN) 2005

2004 Fellowship of the American Austrian Foundation

2003 Fellowship of the American Austrian Foundation

2002 Fellowship of the American Austrian Foundation


Supervision of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows

2016 – current 5 Master Students, MSc Biobanking

2014 – current 1 PhD Student, Doctoral school for sustainable health


Teaching and organisation of courses

09/2017 – current University course: “Migration management and transcultural communication”

Lecturer: global history and globalisation, international politics, intercultural conflict management, violence prevention, professional ethics, supervision and group dynamics-training, psychosomatics, global religions and cultures, global health, study design and final paper

09/2016 – current Master course: “Master of Science Biobanking”

Lecturer: Introduction and Basic Knowledge, General Basic Knowledge, Sample Collection and Management, Sample Collection and Management, Risk Management in biobanks, Special risks in biobanking, Organisational communication, Management and Communication/Negotiation Competence, Epidemiology in biobanks, Public Health Usage of biobank data, Sustainability

Co-Lecturer: Basic Knowledge sample handling and routine, Ethical and legal aspects in general and of Biobank Graz as an example, Sample transport and shipping, IT Infrastructure (Hardware/Software), Data and types of data, Management and Economic Competence, Project and process Management, Planning and organisation

01/1999 – 07/1999 Program Coordinator Support and Teaching “Guidelines on Clinical Management of Acute diarrheal diseases in Young Children”, Ministry of Health of RA, ICAH with support of UNICEF

03/1997 – 07/2000 Program Coordinator Support and Teaching “Program of acute respiratory infections and diarrheal diseases in children”, Ministry of Health of RA, ICAH


Organisation of Courses

2015 – current Biobanking course “How to build a biobank”, 3 days, Biobank Graz, Medical University of Graz

2016 – current Master course “Master of Science Biobanking”, Biobank Graz, Medical University of Graz

01/2004 – 01/2005 Leading Specialist and Responsible for Retraining Courses for Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Ministry of Health of RA, ICAH, Yerevan, Armenia


Organisation of Scientific Meetings

Organisation of 3 Scientific Meetings for HigherKOS project: Promoting Institutional Development in Higher Education and Research in Kosovo:

05/2014 Graz, Medical University

02/2014 University Hospital Center of Tirana “Mother Teresa”

10/2013 Pristina, Kosovo: National Institute of Public Health of Kosova

Member of the organisation committee: ICAH/MOH by support of WHO European office and UNICEF

10/2003 1st National Forum on Child and Adolescent Health

10/2004 2nd National Forum on Child and Adolescent Health


Institutional responsibilities

2014 – current Education & Training-Committee of ESBB (European, Middle Eastern & African Society for Biopreservation and Biobanking)

2014 – current Advisory Board, St. Petersburg State University, Biobank

2013 – current Management Committee Member BBMRI.at (Biobanking and BioMolecular resources Research Infrastructure Austria)

2011 – current Advisory Board, Banja Luca Biobank, Bosnia and Herzegovina

08/2004 – 01/2005 Health Sector Expert, “Anti-Corruption Monitoring of Health Sector of Armenia”, Joint Project of United Nations Development Program/Government of Armenia

06/2003 – 12/2004 Health Sector Expert, “Development of Software Specifications for Health Information System of Armenia”


Memberships of Scientific Societies

2014 – current ISBER-International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories

2014 – current Austrian Society of Epidemiology

2012 – current ESBB (European, Middle Eastern & African Society for Biopreservation and Biobanking)

2005 – current Austrian Society of Gastroenterology & Hepatology

2002 – current European Association of Practical Psychologists

2000 – current Child Health Care Association of Armenia

1999 – current Women for Green Way for Generations


Maternity leave

06/2000 – 01/2002 Birth of daughter 23.01.2001


Publications (selection)

Macheiner,T; Pilz, R; Hartleb, R; Danner, U; Fellendorf, F; Bengesser, SA; Platzer, M; Dalkner, N; Birner, A; Queissner, R; Kapfhammer, H-P; Fengler, VH; Sargsyan, K; Reininghaus, EZ: Hair cortisol and stress coping: Differences in bipolar disorder and healthy controls, Psychoneuroendocrinology, 2017; 83: 43-44.

Macheiner, T; Huppertz, B; Bayer, M; Sargsyan,K: Challenges and Driving Forces for Business Plans in Biobanking. Biopreserv Biobank. 2017; 15(2): 121-125.

Sargsyan, K: Biobanking für Registerstudien: Die Verschmelzung der Forschung mit der klinischen Pflege. Spectrum Onkologie. 2017; 4: 27-29.

Fengler, VH; Macheiner, T; Kessler, SM; Czepukojc, B; Gemperlein, K; Müller, R; Kiemer, AK; Magnes, C; Haybaeck, J; Lackner, C; Sargsyan, K: Susceptibility of Different Mouse Wild Type Strains to Develop Diet-Induced NAFLD/AFLD-Associated Liver Disease. PLoS One. 2016; 11(5):e0155163-e0155163.

Macheiner, T; Fengler, VH; Agreiter, M; Eisenberger, T; Madeo, F; Kolb, D; Huppertz, B; Ackbar, R; Sargsyan, K: Magnetomitotransfer: An efficient way for direct mitochondria transfer into cultured human cells. Sci Rep. 2016; 6(3):35571-35571.

Fengler, VH; Macheiner, T; Sargsyan, K: Manifestation of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease/non-alcoholic steatohepatitis in different dietary mouse models. European Medical Journal (EMJ) Hepatology. 2016; 4(1): 94-102.

Huppertz,B; Bayer, M; Macheiner.T; Sargsyan, K: Biobank Graz: The Hub for Innovative Biomedical Research. Open Journal of Bioresouces. 2016; 3(1): e3.

Macheiner, T; Huppertz, B; Sargsyan, K: Evaluation of a broad informed consent in the field of biobanking: A monocentric questionaire-based pilot study. European International Journal of Science and Humanities (EIJSH), 2015.

Sargsyan, K; Macheiner, T; Story, P; Strahlhofer-Augsten, M; Plattner, K; Riegler, S; Granitz, G; Bayer, M; Huppertz, B: Sustainability in Biobanking: Model of Biobank Graz. Biopreserv Biobank. 2015; 13(6): 410-420.

Wichro, E; Macheiner, T; Schmid, J; Kavsek, B; Sargsyan, K: The Wide and Complex Field of NAFLD Biomarker Research: Trends. ISRN hepatology. 2014: 846923.

Macheiner, T; Huppertz, B; Sargsyan, K: Biobanking. Sustainable use of biological resources on the example of the Biobank Graz. Pathologe. 2013; 34(4):366-369.

Zimmermann, FA; Mayr, JA; Feichtinger, R; Neureiter, D; Lechner, R; Koegler, C; Ratschek, M; Rusmir, H; Sargsyan, K; Sperl, W; Kofler, B: Respiratory chain complex I is a mitochondrial tumor suppressor of oncocytic tumors. Front Biosci (Elite Ed). 2011; 3(4): 315-325.

Zimmermann, FA; Mayr, JA; Feichtinger, R; Kögler, C; Ratschek, M; Rusmir, H; Sargsyan, K; Sperl, W; Kofler, B: 6 Respiratory chain complex I deficiency in oncocytic tumours. Mitochondrion 2010; 10(2): 201.

Moeller, R; Horejsi, R; Pils, S; Lang, N; Sargsyan, K; Dimitrova, R; Tafeit, E; Giuliani, A; Almer, G; Mangge, H: Evaluation of risk profiles by subcutaneous adipose tissue topography in obese juveniles. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2007; 15(5):1319-1324.

Pilz, S; Maerz, W; Weihrauch, G; Sargsyan, K; Almer, G; Nauck, M; Boehm, BO; Winkelmann, BR; Mangge, H: Adiponectin serum concentrations in men with coronary artery disease: the LUdwigshafen RIsk and Cardiovascular Health (LURIC) study. Clin Chim Acta. 2006; 364(1-2):251-255.

Johanson, RB; Menon, V; Burns, E; Kargramanya, E; Osipov, V; Israelyan, M; Sargsyan, K; Dobson, S; Jones, P: Managing Obstetric Emergencies and Trauma (MOET) structured skills training in Armenia, utilising models and reality based scenarios. BMC Med Educ. 2002; 2:5-5.



Sargsyan, K: Herausforderungen: Multikulturelle Teams Übungen und Methodik. united p.c., 2017.

Sargsyan, K: Multikulturelle Teams: Erfolg durch Mentaltraining: Praktische Anwendungstipps. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2016.


Fund acquisition (selection)

“Etablierung einer Forschungsinfrastruktur für Biobanken u. biologische Ressourcen a. d. MUG-Teil II“

„Transplant Check“

„Zukunftsgeneration in Medizin und Technik“

„CONEKT-Kooperation, Vernetzung und Wissenstransfer zwischen Österreich, Kosovo und Albanien im Bereich Biobanking“

BioPersMed- Biomarkers for personalized medicine in common metabolic disorders

„Evaluation of new bioactive peptides and corresponding novel biomarkers for progression and prognosis of obesity related liver disease”

“Etablierung einer Forschungsinfrastruktur für Biobanken und biologische Ressourcen an der Medizinischen Universität Graz”

„Nano-Health: Nano-structured materials for drug targeting, release and imaging“

Competence Centre K BioPersMed (Biomarkers for Personalised Medicine)

Developing Medical Genetics Education through Curriculum Reforms and Establishment of Postgraduate Training Programs (MedGen)

LBI for Lung Vascular Research

Dali project (Vitamin D and Lifestyle Intervention for Gestational Diabetes Mellitus Prevention)

HigherKOS project: Promoting Institutional Development in Higher Education and Research in Kosovo

Interreg – CodExSME


Other Activities

Reviewer for: Clinica Chimica Acta, PLoS ONE, HORIZON 2020 (FP7), Biopreservation and Biobanking, Psychology today, The Brain, Molecular Biology, etc.

Expert for: TMF, NIH (US), Regional Development South-East Europe, ESBB E&T, WBC-INCO Net, etc.

Consultant for: Market entry for medical products in FSU, Multicultural communication, Team development, Sport mental training, Industrial research & development, Fundraising for social and art projects, etc.


Voluntary Activity

2015 – current Voluntary helper/tutor for teenage refugees by Caritas Styria

2014 – current Chairperson of Armenian Culture Community Graz (AR-Kultur)

2014 – current Lecturer for “Take-Tech project” (school classes from 6 to 12)

2014 – 2016 Project leader and lecturer: “Talente Regional” (Education program incl. integrative schools and schools with higher migrant percentage)

2010 – current Lecturer for “Junior Uni Graz”

2006 – current Lecturer for “Kinder Uni Graz”

2006 – current Organizer and moderator for integration of cultural competence events (esp. young generation support)

2006 – current Organizer and moderator of charity events/concerts in Graz in favor of orphanages (more than 25 actions)

2005 – current Translator for Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church in Graz

2005 – current Translator for Asylum Seekers in Graz (Russian, Armenian, English)

2005 – current Mentor and contact person for guest doctors (internship program Graz), Austrian American Foundation

2000 – 2004 Voluntary Doctor, Pediatrician, Armenian Peripheral Regions Health Program

1998 – 2005 Voluntary Physician, Armenian Association for Medical Doctors

1992 – 2004 Health Worker, Armenian Red Cross



Painting (3 exhibitions), Music (Piano), Theater


Language skills

Armenian (native), Russian (excellent), English (fluent), German (excellent), Latin (read and write), Spanish (intermediate), French (beginner)


Computer skills

Microsoft Windows 95/98/2000/XP, Microsoft Office (Word/Excel/Access/Power Point), Internet & Communication Software, SPSS, Stat Graf, SAP, Databanking and Biostatistics, LIMS and HIS Software, Biorepository Software


Other skills

Driving (B international), Swimming (sport master, rescue service)

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