On 14th of August, PhD student Gergely Bertalan successfully defended his dissertation with the title: “Quantitative tissue characterization by mechanical parameters in preclinical, small-animal models”. He is the first ‘core’ PhD student within BIOQIC to obtain his title. His supervisors were Prof. Dr. Ingolf Sack, PD Dr. Jürgen Braun and Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Thom Fischer. Congratulations to Gergely for his great achievement!