Scientists off the record: “… coincidentally stumbled upon leukemia cells”

🏊‍♀️🏖⛵ (Vienna, 30.8.2022) St. Anna Childhood Cancer Researcher Michael Dworzak explains which question drives him, what matters in research/life, and which Austrian lake is the most beautiful.

📌This is how I spend my summer vacation in 2022:
At the Austrian lake “Grundlsee” – it could not be more beautiful!🌄

📌This made me curious recently:
The question of how to reproduce decades of experience as a physician and scientist in computer algorithms to make the best possible diagnostics available for children with leukemia worldwide.

📌This event has shaped my life as a researcher:
A coincidence late in the evening on February 8, 1994: For the first time and unexpectedly I discovered leukemia cells in supposedly healthy bone marrow using flow cytometry.

📌This is how I keep cool on hot summer days:
Swim, swim, swim, … 🥽🩳

📌If I could be 16 again:
I would want to become who I am again.

📌The best advice I have ever received:
You need courage and interest.

📌This is a must-read on summer vacation:
My daughter’s diploma thesis.

📌This is what I would still like to achieve/invent:
I want to develop a method to make it possible to cure every child with acute myeloid leukemia in an individualized therapy approach. 👨‍⚕️💊

👉 Michael Dworzak heads the research group “Immunological Diagnostics” at St. Anna Children’s Cancer Research Institute (St. Anna CCRI) and works as a senior physician at St. Anna Children’s Hospital. He develops new diagnostic methods for children and adolescents with leukemia and lymphomas using flow cytometry immunophenotyping.
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