University of Salzburg, Laboratory of Photodynamic Inactivation of Microorganisms, Department of Biosciences,
Respected worldwide as a specialist in Photodynamic Inactivation, PD Dr. Plaetzer earned his Ph.D. and venia docendi in biophysics at the Paris Lodron University Salzburg, Austria.
Today, his major research interests lie in the use of natural photoactive compounds and light to inactivate microorganism, with a special focus in application of this antimicrobial approach in plant protection, food safety and human medicine.
Currently head of the Laboratory of Photodynamic Inactivation at the University of Salzburg, Dr. Plaetzer has published numerous papers and review articles in peer-reviewed journals as well as book chapters.
He served the head of the Local Organizing Committee of the 19th World Congress of the ESP and was elected as ESP officer in 2021.