Joachim Wegener received his doctorate in 1998 from the University of Muenster (G) and continued his scientific education as a postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Ivar Giaever at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy (NY). In 2000 he returned to the University of Muenster as an assistant professor. Since 2008 he is full professor for bioanalysis at the University of Regensburg (G).
His research interests focus on interfacing animal cells (2D and 3D) with physical transducers (e.g. planar electrodes, piezoelectric devices, …) to monitor the cell response to chemical, biological or physical stimuli without using any labels. It is the paradigm of his research to replace classical concentration-analysis by effect-analysis on biological organisms.
Besides his affiliation with the University of Regensburg, he is head of the division 'Cell-Based Sensors' of the Fraunhofer Research Organization.