Gerhard Sommer

Gerhard Sommer

Graz University of Technology
Institute of Biomechanics
Stremayrgasse 16/2
8010 Graz, Austria

Phone: 0316-873-35505
Phone (overseas): ++43-316-873-35505
Fax: 0316-873-35502
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Biography

Education

  • 10/08:
Ph.D. Biomechanics, Graz University of Technology, Austria (with distinction)
  • 2003:
M.Sc. Technical Physics, Graz University of Technology, Austria
  • 1995:
Graduation certificate from Technical High School


Professional Appointments

  • Since 11/08:
Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute of Biomechanics, Graz University of Technology, Austria
  • Since 10/08:
Lecturer of the course ‘Tissue Engineering’, Institute of Biomechanics, Graz University of Technology, Austria
  • Since 03/08:
Assistant of the lectures and the laboratory work of the course ‘Introduction to Biomechanics’, Institute of Biomechanics, Graz University of Technology, Austria
  • 09/09 – 02/10:
Invited Lecturer of the course ‘Tissue Engineering’, Molecular Biotechnology, Applied Life Sciences, University of Applied Sciences Campus Wien, Austria
  • 5/07 – 10/08:
Research Assistant and Doctoral Student, Institute of Biomechanics, Graz University of Technology, Austria
  • 10/06 – 06/07:
Assistant of the lecture and the laboratory tutorial of the course ‘Orthopedic Biomechanics’, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Department of Solid Mechanics, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 10/05 – 06/06:
Assistant of the lecture and laboratory tutorial of the course ‘Introduction to Biomechanics’, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Department of Solid Mechanics, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 03/05 – 06/05:
Assistant of the course ‘Material Mechanics’, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Department of Solid Mechanics, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 12/04 – 4/07:
Doctoral Student, Department of Solid Mechanics, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden
  • 4/03 – 11/04:
Doctoral Student, Group of Computational Biomechanics, Institute for Structural Analysis, Graz University of Technology, Austria

Research Grants

  • 7/11 – 6/14:
Principal Investigator of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) Individual Project Grant: Biaxial Tensile and Triaxial Shear Measurements and Modeling of Human Myocardium

Awards and Honors

  • 2014:
Inventum Award 2013 ‘Silver Medal’ by the Austrian Patent Office for the invention of a unique human bone screw

together with Dr. K. Pastl (orthopedic surgeon, Linz) and Dr. H. Plank (Graz University of Technology)

  • 2010:
Second place at the ‘Stefan-Schuy-Preis’ award 2010 of the Austrian Society of Biomedical Engineering for an excellent publication in the field of biomedical engineering with the publication: Biaxial mechanical properties of intact and layer-dissected human carotid arteries at physiological and supraphysiological loadings by G. Sommer, P. Regitnig, L. Koeltringer, and G.A. Holzapfel in American J. Physiology - Heart Circulation Physiology, 298: 898-912, 2010.

Publications

S. Budday, G. Sommer, G.A. Holzapfel, P. Steinmann, and E. Kuhl [pdf]

Viscoelastic parameter identification of human brain tissue.
Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, in press.

S. Budday, G. Sommer, J. Haybaeck, P. Steinmann, G.A. Holzapfel and E. Kuhl [pdf]

Rheological characterization of human brain tissue.
Acta Biomaterialia, in press.

S. Budday, G. Sommer, C. Birkl, C. Langkammer, J. Haybaeck, J. Kohnert, M. Bauer, F. Paulsen, P. Steinmann, E. Kuhl, G.A. Holzapfel [pdf]

Mechanical characterization of human brain tissue.
Acta Biomaterialia, 48:319-340, 2017.

J.A. Niestrawska, C. Viertler, P. Regitnig, T.U. Cohnert, G. Sommer and G.A. Holzapfel [pdf]

Microstructure and mechanics of healthy and aneurysmatic abdominal aortas: experimental analysis and modeling.
Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 13:20160620, 2016.

O. Gültekin, G. Sommer and G.A. Holzapfel [pdf]

An orthotropic viscoelastic model for the passive myocardium: continuum basis and numerical treatment.
Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering, 19:1647-1664, 2016.

G. Sommer, S. Sherifova, P.J. Oberwalder, O.E. Dapunt, P.A. Ursomanno, A. DeAnda, B.E. Griffith and G.A. Holzapfel [pdf]

Mechanical strength of aneurysmatic and dissected human thoracic aortas at different shear loading modes.
Journal of Biomechanics, 49:2374-2382, 2016.

C. Sherif, E. Herbich, R. Plasenzotti, H. Bergmeister,U. Windberger, G. Mach, G. Sommer, G.A. Holzapfel, T. Haider, M. Krssak and G. Kleinpeter [pdf]

Very large and giant microsurgical bifurcation aneurysms in rabbits: Proof of feasibility and comparability using computational fluid dynamics and biomechanical testing.
Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 268:7-13, 2016.

G. Sommer, A.J. Schriefl, M. Andrä, M. Sacherer, Ch. Viertler, H.Wolinski and G.A. Holzapfel [pdf]

Biomechanical properties and microstructure of human ventricular myocardium.
Acta Biomaterialia, 24:172–192, 2015.

G. Sommer, D.Ch. Haspinger, M. Andrä, M. Sacherer, Ch. Viertler, P. Regitnig and G.A. Holzapfel [pdf]

Quantification of shear deformations and corresponding stresses in the biaxially tested human myocardium.
Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 43:2334-2348, 2015.

A.J. Schriefl, T. Schmidt, D. Balzani, G. Sommer and G.A. Holzapfel [pdf]

Selective enzymatic removal of elastin and collagen from human abdominal aortas: uniaxial mechanical response and constitutive modeling.
Acta Biomaterialia, 17:125-136, 2015.

J. Tong, T. Cohnert, P. Regitnig, J. Kohlbacher, R. Birner-Gruenberger, A.J. Schriefl, G. Sommer and G.A. Holzapfel [pdf]

Variations of dissection properties and mass fractions with thrombus age in human abdominal aortic aneurysms.
Journal of Biomechanics, 47:14-23, 2014.

G. Sommer, A. Schriefl, G. Zeindlinger, A. Katzensteiner, H. Ainödhofer, A. Saxena and G.A. Holzapfel [pdf]

Multiaxial mechanical response and constitutive modeling of esophageal tissues: Impact on esophageal tissue engineering.
Acta Biomaterialia, 9:9379-9091, 2013.

G. Sommer, M. Eder, L. Kovacs, H. Pathak, L. Bonitz, C. Mueller, P. Regitnig and G.A. Holzapfel [pdf]

Multiaxial mechanical properties and constitutive modeling of human adipose tissue: a basis for preoperative simulations in plastic and reconstructive surgery.
Acta Biomaterialia, 9:9036-9048, 2013.

N. Famaey, G. Sommer, J. Vander Sloten and G.A. Holzapfel [pdf]

Arterial clamping: Finite Element Simulation and In Vivo Validation.
Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, 12C:107–118, 2012.

G. Sommer and G.A. Holzapfel [pdf]

Constitutive modeling of the biaxial mechanical response of intact and layer-dissected human carotid arteries.
Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, 5:116–128, 2012.

J. Tong, G. Sommer, P. Regitnig and G.A. Holzapfel [pdf]

Dissection properties and mechanical strength of tissue components in human carotid bifurcations.
Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 39:1703-1719, 2011.

G. Sommer [link]

Mechanical Properties of Healthy and Diseased Human Arteries – Insights into Human Arterial Biomechanics and Related Material Modeling.
Verlag der Technischen Universität Graz, 2010.

G. Sommer, P. Regitnig, L. Költringer, and G. A. Holzapfel [pdf]

Biaxial mechanical properties of intact and layer-dissected human carotid arteries at physiological and supra-physiological loadings.
American Journal of Physiology: Heart and Circulatory Physiology, 298:H898-912, 2010.

V. Prot, B. Skallerud, G. Sommer and G.A. Holzapfel [pdf]

On modelling and analysis of healthy and pathological human mitral valves: two case studies.
Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, 3:167-177, 2010.

G. Sommer, T.C. Gasser, P. Regitnig, M. Auer and G.A. Holzapfel [pdf]

Dissection properties of the human aortic media: an experimental study.
ASME Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, 130:021007, 2008.

G.A. Holzapfel, G. Sommer, M. Auer, P. Regitnig and R.W. Ogden [pdf]

Layer-specific 3D residual deformations of human aortas with non-atherosclerotic intimal thickening.
Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 35:530-545, 2007.

F. Schmid, G. Sommer, M. Rappolt, P. Regitnig, G.A. Holzapfel, P. Laggner and H. Amenitsch [pdf]

Bidirectional tensile testing cell for in situ small angle X-ray scattering investigations of soft tissue.
Nuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics Research / B, 246:262-268, 2006.

G.A. Holzapfel, G. Sommer, T.C. Gasser and P. Regitnig [pdf]

Patient-specific biomechanical analysis of plaque rupture during balloon angioplasty using MRI and mechanical testing.
In: J. Burša and V. Fuis (eds.), "Proceedings of the Conference on Human Biomechanics 2006", Brno University of Technology, Brno (2006), 22-31.

G.A. Holzapfel, G. Sommer, T.C. Gasser and P. Regitnig [pdf]

Determination of the layer-specific mechanical properties of human coronary arteries with non-atherosclerotic intimal thickening, and related constitutive modeling.
American Journal of Physiology / Heart and Circulatory Physiology, 289:2048-2058, 2005.

F. Schmid, G. Sommer, M. Rappolt, C.A. Schulze-Bauer, P. Regitnig, G.A. Holzapfel, P. Laggner and H. Amenitsch [pdf]

In situ tensile testing of human aortas by time-resolved small angle X-ray scattering.
Journal of Synchrotron Radiation. Applied Radiation and Isotopes, 12:727-733, 2005.

G.A. Holzapfel, G. Sommer and P. Regitnig [pdf]

Anisotropic mechanical properties of tissue components in human atherosclerotic plaques.
Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, 126:657-665, 2004.

PR Work

“The stuff that hearts are made of" [pdf]
Appeared in the Austrian Newspaper “Die Presse”, p. 36, September 17, 2016 (in German).

Biographical Sketch

Gerhard Sommer was born as the second child of Christine Sommer (nurse) and Fritz Sommer (locksmith) on April 23, 1976, in Feldbach, Austria. After graduating from the Technical High School for Mechanical Engineering in Weiz in 1995, he started his undergraduate study in "Technical Physics" at Graz University of Technology. In the year 2002, he met Dr. Christian A.J. Schulze-Bauer and Professor Gerhard A. Holzapfel who introduced him to the fascinating area of soft tissue biomechanics.

As a consequence, he started his Master Thesis in this area in the same year, which he finished with distinction in 2003. The title of his thesis was "Layer-specific mechanical response of human coronary arteries", and it was supervised by Professor Holzapfel, Dr. Schulze-Bauer and Professor Windholz. After his Thesis, Professor Holzapfel gave him the opportunity to continue with a Doctoral Thesis in the field of biomechanics supervised by Holzapfel. He continued to explore the mechanical properties of human soft tissues, especially of the human cardiovascular system. His first project dealt with the mechanical behavior of highly stenotic human iliac arteries and their related plaque components. At the same time a further project with F. Schmid, H. Amenitsch, C.A.J. Schulze-Bauer and G.A. Holzapfel about the reorientation and redistribution of the collagen structure of human arteries during tensile testing was utilized by the aid of small x-ray scattering at the Synchrotron laboratory "Elettra" in Trieste, Italy. In the beginning of 2004, Sommer began to investigate the dissection properties of the human aortic media. In the end of 2004, he and his advisor moved to Stockholm to initiate biomechanical research on an experimental and theoretical basis at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Department of Solid Mechanics. In Stockholm he was employed as a Ph.D.-Student. His tasks were concerned with setting up an experimental environment for biomechanical analysis, and he was also a Teaching Assistant for several courses.

In 2005, Sommer started to investigate the biaxial mechanical properties of human common and internal carotid arteries and their underlying layers by means of extension-inflation tests at the laboratory in Stockholm. In the beginning of the year 2007, together with Professor Holzapfel, he rejoined Graz University of Technology within a newly established Institute of Biomechanics. Since April 2007, he is working as a Research Assistant in this new Institute of Biomechanics. His responsibilities are to set up and lead the biomechanics laboratory, to help out in the supervision of Master-Students, being a Teaching Assistant, and to perform research. In October 2008 he finished his PhD Thesis entitled "Mechanical Properties of Healthy and Diseased Human Arteries and Related Material Modeling" with distinction.