Monika Abramczuk


About Monika Abramczuk

Monika is a scientist currently exploring brain development in the fruit fly. When not engaged in research, she likes to read spy thrillers, drink tea and travel.


Medical technology turns fiction into fact

What if you met your doctor virtually? What if we diagnosed diseases using apps? What if organs for transplantation were grown in a lab instead of donated? What if you could enhance your cognitive performance using just a headset? While these questions might sounds like science fiction, they will soon […]


The smelly mystery of the human pheromone

Should we all reduce our showering and perfume usage? Perfumes, shower gel, showers, detergents all strip away or mask our natural bodily smells and add synthetic ones. But similar to other animals, humans convey information through bodily smell and most of us are unaware of how much information that is […]


Randomized living – interview with Max Hawkins

Can chance make us step outside the bubbles that we live in and explore different perspectives? What started as a question soon grew into “Randomized living”- a lifestyle dictated by various randomized computer programs and apps. Last weekend, computer scientist and artist Max Hawkins came to Vienna to share his […]


Useful instead of true – understanding our brains through optical illusions

Can you trust what you see? Everyday we make decisions based on visual input that our brain receives and processes. However, sometimes the gathered and processed information results in visual/optical illusions, which are perceptions that are not in accordance with the physical properties of the objects.   Surely you have […]


TEDxVienna Adventures:
Be a conductor

On a sunny Saturday morning, 15 TEDxVienna Adventure attendees muted their phones and walked down the stairs into the cool basement of Mozarthaus. While they did not know exactly what was awaiting them, they had all in advance been asked to prepare their own interpretations of a piece of music: […]


Art à la Schrödinger? Meet the “the invisible man” – artist Liu Bolin. 1

“The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.” Henri L. Bergson Just because you do not see something, does not mean it is not there. Or, paradoxically enough, sometimes it can both be there and not – just like Schrödinger’s cat. Or like Liu Bolin. “To see […]


O Home, where art thou?
Vienna through the eyes of the homeless.

Vienna, ranked “the most livable city”, is often associated with music, art and coffee… but let us scratch the beautiful surface and see what is hiding underneath. Although Vienna houses a wide mix of people, there are some that you probably have looked at, chosen to not really see and […]


Could synthetic biology kick us out from earth?

Have you heard of synthetic life? Earlier this year, the world learned about Syn 3.0 – an engineered bacteria containing only the crucial genes for living. Its genome is the smallest of any self-sufficient living organism and consists of only 473 genes, which were designed in a computer, chemically synthesized […]