Portrait of Professor Ojan Assadian Professor Ojan Assadian

o.assadian@hud.ac.uk | 01484 473462


  • Jan 2015 - (to date); Professor for Skin Integrity and Infection Prevention, University of Huddersfield
  • Jan 2011 - Dec 2014; Consultant Clinical Microbiology and Infection Control, Consultant Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine at the Medical University of Vienna
  • Apr 2010 - Dec 2010; Professor for Plasma Medicine, University Medicine Greifswald, Germany
  • Jul 2008 - Mar 2010; inter. Head of Division for Hospital Hygiene, Department for Hygiene and Medical Microbiology, Medical University of Vienna
  • May 2006 - Jun 2008; Senior Clinical Specialist and Chair Infection Prevention and Control Committee, Prince Court Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • May 2004 - Jun 2008; Deputy Head of the Division of Hospital Hygiene, Department of Hygiene and Medical Microbiology, Medical University of Vienna

Research and Scholarship

Professor Assadian’s research interests focus on epidemiology of healthcare-associated infections, wound infection, prevention and treatment 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.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Kramer, A., Conway, B., Meissner, M., Scholz, F., Rauch, B., Moroder, A., Ehlers, A., Meixner, A., Heidecke, C., Partecke, L., Kietzmann, M. and Assadian, O. (2017) ‘Cold atmospheric pressure plasma for treatment of chronic wounds: drug or medical device?Journal of Wound Care , 26 (8), pp. 470-475. ISSN 0969-0700


Kramer, A., Assadian, O. and Koburger-Janssen, T. (2016) ‘Antimicrobial efficacy of the combination of chlorhexidine digluconate and dexpanthenolGMS Hygiene and Infection Control , 11, p. 24. ISSN 2196-5226

Bardorf, M., J�ger, B., Boeckmans, E., Kramer, A. and Assadian, O. (2016) ‘Influence of material properties on gloves' bacterial barrier efficacy in the presence of microperforationAmerican Journal of Infection Control , 44 (12), pp. 1645-1649. ISSN 01966553

Assadian, O. and Leaper, D. (2016) ‘Preoperative skin antisepsis – it ain’t what you do but the way that you do itJournal of Hospital Infection , 94 (4), pp. 399-400. ISSN 0195-6701

Assadian, O., Leaper, D., Kramer, A. and Ousey, K. (2016) ‘Can the design of glove dispensing boxes influence glove contamination?Journal of Hospital Infection , 94 (3), pp. 259-262. ISSN 0195-6701

Daeschlein, G., Napp, M., Assadian, O., von Podewils, S., Reese, K., Hinz, P., Matiasek, J., Spitzmueller, R., Humphreys, P., J�nger, M. and Kramer, A. (2016) ‘Viability ofLucilia sericatamaggots after exposure to wound antisepticsInternational Wound Journal . ISSN 1742-4801

Leonhard, M., Assadian, O., Zumtobel, M. and Schneider-Stickler, B. (2016) ‘Microbiological evaluation of different reprocessing methods for cuffed and un-cuffed tracheostomy tubes in home-care and hospital settingGMS Hygiene and Infection Control , 11. ISSN 2196-5226

Assadian, O (2016) ‘Methacrylate – eine neue Klasse von Wundverbandmittel zur Behandlung akuter und chronischer WundenMedical Special , 2, pp. 11-12.


Leaper, D., Assadian, O. and Edmiston, C. (2015) ‘Approach to chronic wound infectionsBritish Journal of Dermatology , 173 (2), pp. 351-358. ISSN 0007-0963

Tanner, J., Padley, W., Assadian, O., Leaper, D., Kiernan, M. and Edmiston, C. (2015) ‘Do surgical care bundles reduce the risk of surgical site infections in patients undergoing colorectal surgery? A systematic review and cohort meta-analysis of 8,515 patientsSurgery , 158 (1), pp. 66-77. ISSN 0039-6060

Indra, A., Schmid, D., Huhulescu, S., Simons, E., Hell, M., Stickler, K., Allerberger, F., Assadian, O., Asp�ck, C., Bischof, E., Equiluz-Bruck, S., Feierl, G., Geppert, F., Gilhofer, M., Hartmann, G., H�fler-Speckner, S., Janata, O., K�nig, U., Leeb, M., Lenger, A., Masoud, H., Orth, D., Pap, I., Pomper, U., Prammer, W., Reiter, L., Silberbauer, K., Stoiser, B., Stradal, H., Szupancsitz, M., Tomantschger, H., Wechsler-F�rd�s, A., Tucek, G., Urban, A. and Zeitlberger, E. (2015) ‘Clostridium difficile ribotypes in Austria: a multicenter, hospital-based surveyWiener klinische Wochenschrift . ISSN 0043-5325

Assadian, O., Arnoldo, B., Purdue, G., Burris, A., Skrinjar, E., Duschek, N. and Leaper, D. (2015) ‘A prospective, randomised study of a novel transforming methacrylate dressing compared with a silver-containing sodium carboxymethylcellulose dressing on partial-thickness skin graft donor sites in burn patientsInternational Wound Journal , 12 (3), pp. 351-356. ISSN 1742-4801

Assadian, O., Arnoldo, B., Purdue, G., Burris, A., Skrinjar, E., Duschek, N. and Leaper, D. (2015) ‘A prospective, randomised study of a novel transforming methacrylate dressing compared with a silver-containing sodium carboxymethylcellulose dressing on partial-thickness skin graft donor sites in burn patientsInternational Wound Journal , 12 (3), pp. 351-356. ISSN 1742-4801

Leaper, D., Tanner, J., Kiernan, M., Assadian, O. and Edmiston, C. (2015) ‘Surgical site infection: poor compliance with guidelines and care bundlesInternational Wound Journal , 12 (3), pp. 357-362. ISSN 1742-4801

Edmiston, C., Assadian, O., Spencer, M., Olmsted, R., Barnes, S. and Leaper, D. (2015) ‘To Bathe or Not to Bathe With Chlorhexidine Gluconate: Is It Time to Take a Stand for Preadmission Bathing and Cleansing?AORN Journal , 101 (5), pp. 529-538. ISSN 0001-2092

Ulrich, C., Kluschke, F., Patzelt, A., Vandersee, S., Czaika, V., Richter, H., Bob, A., von Hutten, J., Painsi, C., H�gel, R., Kramer, A., Assadian, O., Lademann, J. and Lange- Asschenfeldt, B. (2015) ‘Clinical use of cold atmospheric pressure argon plasma in chronic leg ulcers: a pilot studyJournal of wound care , 24 (5), pp. 196-203. ISSN 0969-0700

Assadian, O (2015) ‘Prävention postoperativer Wundinfektionen – modifizierbare Risikofaktoren [Prevention of surgical site infections - Modifiable risk factors]Klinik , 1, pp. 45-46. ISSN 2223-0688

Assadian, O (2015) ‘Herausforderung MRSA [challenging MRSA]Ökz Extra (56), pp. 8-11.


Assadian, O., Kramer, A., Ouriel, K., Suchomel, M., McLaws, M., Rottman, M., Leaper, D. and Assadian, A. (2014) ‘Suppression of Surgeons' Bacterial Hand Flora during Surgical Procedures with a New Antimicrobial Surgical GloveSurgical Infections , 15 (1), pp. 43-49. ISSN 1096-2964


Leaper, D., Fry, D. and Assadian, O. (2013) ‘Perspectives in Prevention and Treatment of Surgical Site Infection – a narrative review of the literatureWounds , 25 (11). ISSN 1044-7946

Forstner, C., Leitgeb, J., Schuster, R., Dosch, V., Kramer, A., Cutting, K., Leaper, D. and Assadian, O. (2013) ‘Bacterial Growth Kinetics under a Novel Flexible Methacrylate Dressing Serving as a Drug Delivery Vehicle for AntisepticsInternational Journal of Molecular Sciences , 14 (5), pp. 10582-10590. ISSN 1422-0067


  • 2012 - (to date); President of the Austrian Society for Infection Control (ASIC/ ÖGKH)
  • 2011 - (to date); Working group, Antiseptics - Int. Soc. Chemotherapy, Founding Member, Co-Chair
  • 2004; Visiting Professor, University of Western Australia, Fremantle Hospital

Reviewer of 36 peer-reviewed international medical journals including;

  • 'Critical Care Medicine'
  • 'Journal of Hospital Infection'
  • 'American Journal of Infection Control'

Editorial board member of;

  • 'Journal of Wound Medicine'
  • 'GMS Hygiene & Infection Control'
  • 'The Open Antimicrobial Agents Journal'
  • Indian Journal of Medical Sciences'
  • 'Infection Control and Healthcare'
  • 'World Journal of Clinical Infectious Diseases'

Recipient of;

  • 2014; METEKA Prize for Hospital Hygiene
  • 2006; Austrian Hygiene Prize, Austrian Society for Hygiene, Microbiology and Preventive Medicine
  • 2002; ESCMID Research and Travel Grant


  • Member of the Medical Advisory Board of Hutchinson santé, France
  • Member of the Medical Advisory Board Mölnlycke Healthcare, Sweden
  • Advisory Council Member of the Austrian Ministry of Health (Working groups, Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease, Medical Devices)

Research Degree Supervision

  • Experimental Microbiology
  • Antiseptics (Polihexanide, Octenidine-dihydrochloride, Chlorhexidine, Povidone-Iodine)
  • Methacrylate wound dressings

Enterprise Activities

  • Member of the Hutchinson santé’s and Mölnlycke’s medical advisory boards
  • Consultation work for Altrazeal Europe Ltd, B.Braun Melsungen AG, Ethicon Ltd, Paul Hartmann AG, Schülke & Mayr GmbH; Antiseptica chem.pharm GmbH, Mundipharma GmbH, SAGE, 3M Austria GmbH

Teaching and Professional Activities

Advanced Wound Care Course