Ojan Assadian was born in Vienna, Austria. He received a medical degree from the University of Vienna in 1997 and the Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2000. Since 1999, he has been with the Medical University of Vienna, where he became Associate Professor in Hygiene and Medical Microbiology in 2003, “habilitation-“thesis: „Epidemiological methods for detection, analysis, and interpretation of nosocomial infections and pathogens with special resistance and virulence factors“. In October 2004, he was awarded tenure track Professor at the Medical University of Vienna. Since 2005 he worked for the Medical University of Vienna as Senior Clinical Specialist and Chairperson of the Infection Prevention and Control Committee at Prince Court Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In 2008, he became acting Head of the Division of Hospital Hygiene/ Clinical Institute for Hygiene and Medical Microbiology at the Medical University of Vienna. In 2015, he was appointed as Professor of Skin Integrity and Infection Prevention at the University of Huddersfield, England, where his research and teaching work focused on diagnostic, treatment and prevention of infection, including wound infections. Because of personnel reasons he returned to Vienna in 2017 and continued his clinical work as Consultant Infectious Diseases & Tropical Medicine and Consultant Clinical Microbiology & Infection Control at the Medical University of Vienna and the Vienna General Hospital, a 2,200 beds university teaching hospital. Since December 2018, he serves as Medical Director of the Hospital Neunkirchen, Austria. Prof. Assadian is President of the Austrian Society for Infection Control.
Prof. Assadian’s research interests focus on epidemiology of healthcare-associated infections, wound infection, prevention of surgical site infection, characteristics and clinical application of antiseptics, medical use of low-temperature plasma, and infection control aspects of hospital construction as well as antimicrobial medical devices. He is reviewer of international journals, editor and author of two reference text books in the field of infection control, and author of more than 220 published peer-reviewed articles in international medical journals.