Researcher Profile

Mag. Dr. Ivan Barisic

Mag. Dr. Ivan Barisic




Health & Bioresources

Competence Unit

Molecular Diagnostics




+43 50550 4423


Giefinggasse 4, 1210 Vienna


Field: Molecular Diagnostics

Main Research: Development of DNA-based Multiplex Detection

Experience: Dr. Barisic has profound experience in the fields of biotechnology and clinical microbiology. He has developed several novel DNA detection principles and diagnostic assays. To enable a smooth translation of this basic research into future applications and identify customer needs, close collaborations with medical centres were established. As a consequence, Dr. Barisic has also become an expert concerning human pathogens, antibiotic resistance and virulence factors. He initiated the H2020 project FAPIC ( based on his novel detection technologies. The goal of FAPIC is to develop a single diagnostic test for all clinically important pathogens (bacteria, viruses and fungi), antibiotic resistance genes and virulence factors. The diagnostic system will be evaluated in a clinical intervention study in university hospitals in Zagreb and Hasselt. In addition, Dr. Barisic initiated and coordinates the H2020 FETopen project MARA ( The goal of this highly ambitious project is to develop three radically novel breakthrough technologies. The first technology concerns a novel sensor class aiming the design of autonomous detection oligonucleotides. Second, a directed design concept for artificial enzymes using DNA nanostructures such as DNA origami is being evaluated. Finally, these technologies should be combined to generate a DNA robot that can specifically identify cells and destroy them.

  • 2005-2007: Diploma student
    Department of Microbial Ecology DOME / Austria
  • 2007-2008: Technical assistent
    Casa the los Tres Mundos / Nicaragua
  • 2009-2013: PhD student
    AIT / Austria
  • 2011-2011: Visiting scientist
    Uppsala University / Sweden
  • 2013-now: Scientist
    AIT / Austria


  • Multiplex detection of antibiotic resistance genes using padlock probes
    Author(s): Ivan Barišic, Silvia Schoenthaler, Rongqin Ke, Mats Nilsson, Christa Noehammer, Herbert Wiesinger-Mayr
    Journal: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease (2013)
  • High diversity of beta-lactamases in the General Hospital Vienna verified by whole genome sequencing and statistical analysis
    Author(s): Ivan Barišic, Dieter Mitteregger, Alexander M. Hirschl, Christa Noehammer, Herbert Wiesinger-Mayr
    Journal: Infection, Genetics and Evolution (2014)
  • An Impedimetric Sensor for Real-Time Detection of Antibiotic Resistance Genes Employing Rolling Circle Amplification
    Author(s): T. Maier, K. Kainz, I. Barisic, R. Hainberger
    Journal: International Journal of Electrochemical Science (2015)
  • Fast and highly specific DNA-based multiplex detection on a solid support
    Author(s): Barišic I, Kamleithner V, Schönthaler S, Wiesinger-Mayr H
    Journal: Appl Microbiol Biotechnol (2015)
  • Multiplex characterization of human pathogens including species and antibiotic-resistance gene identification
    Author(s): Barišic I, Petzka J, Schoenthaler S, Vierlinger K, Noehammer C, Wiesinger-Mayr H.
    Journal: J Med Microbiol (2016)
    Inventor: Ivan Barisic
    Submission Date: 23.09.2014
    Issue Date: 23.09.2014
  • Autonomous sensing molecules
    Inventor: Ivan Barisic
    Submission Date: 27.11.2015
    Issue Date: 27.11.2015
  • Nanostructures with catalytic activity
    Inventor: Ivan Barisic
    Submission Date: 27.11.2015
    Issue Date: 27.11.2015
  • Molecular robot
    Inventor: Ivan Barisic
    Submission Date: 27.11.2015
    Issue Date: 27.11.2015

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