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Biocenter Althanstraße, University of Vienna

Althanstraße 14, A-1090 Vienna | Website1 | Website2 | View Map

Biocenter Althanstraße, University of ViennaA comprehensive array of evolutionary topics is studied at the Center of Organismal Systems Biology and the Vienna Ecology Center, both located at the Biocenter Althanstrasse. More than a dozen research groups address evolution at different levels, ranging from the molecular to the organismal and human. Teaching includes a masters program in evolutionary biology.

Principal Investigators:
Tecumseh Fitch, Günter Gollmann, Walter Hödl, Matthias Horn, Harald W. Krenn, Brian Metscher, Philipp Mitteröcker, Gerd B. Müller, Hans-Leo Nemeschkal, Günther Pass, Hannes Paulus, Christa Schleper, Horst Seidler, Ulrich Technau, Michael Wagner

Center for Biodiversity Research, University of Vienna

Rennweg 14, A-1030 Vienna | Website | View Map

Center for Biodiversity, University of ViennaEvolution is a primary research theme at the Biodiversity Center, in particular at the three Departments Systematic and Evolutionary Botany, Population Ecology, and Biogeography. There is a strong focus on phylogeographic research, especially in Lepidoptera (butterflies) and in plants. Further topics include coevolution and speciation research.

Principal Investigators:
Gerald Schneeweiss, Ovidiu Paun

Faculty of Mathematics, University of Vienna

Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1, A-1090 Vienna | Website | View Map

Department of Mathematics, University of ViennaEvolutionary modeling is a key research focus of the biomathematics group at the Mathematics Department, in particular in the areas of evolutionary game theory, population genetics, and mathematical ecology.

Principal Investigators: Reinhard Bürger, Joachim Hermisson, Josef Hofbauer, Karl Sigmund

Department of Statistics, University of Vienna

Universitätsstraße 5, A-1010 Vienna | Website | View Map

Department of Statistics, University of ViennaThe biostatistics and bioinformatics group at the Department of Statistics works on statistical genetics and on statistical models of evolutionary phenomena.

Institute for Theoretical Chemistry, University of Vienna

Währingerstraße 17, A-1090 Vienna | Website | View Map

Institute for Theoretical Chemistry, University of ViennaMolecular evolution is a long standing topic at the Institute for Theoretical Chemistry since the early work on quasi species and replicator-type equations. Much work has focused on studying the RNA sequence to structure map as an example of a computable genotype-phenotype map, as well as the resulting fitness landscapes. In addition, current work includes evolution of noncoding RNA families and reaction networks.
Principal Investigators: Christoph Flamm, Ivo Hofacker, Peter Schuster

Max F. Perutz Laboratories (MFPL)

Dr.-Bohr Gasse 9, A-1030 Vienna | Website | View map

MFPLThe MFPL at the Campus Vienna Biocenter were formed as a joined venture of the University of Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna and host over 50 research groups in molecular biology. Research interests of MFPL faculty include molecular phylogenetics and population genetics, and the evolution of developmental networks and signaling pathways.

Principal Investigators:
Arndt von Haeseler, Joachim Hermisson, Florian Raible, Kristin Tessmar

University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna

Veterinärplatz 1, A-1210 Vienna | Website | View map

University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna To understand the functional importance of adaptive natural variation the Institute of Population Genetics hosts various research groups in the fields of molecular population genetics, statistical genetics, bioinformatics, life history evolution, and evolutionary developmental biology. A broad spectrum of organisms are studied, with a focus on fruit flies of the genus Drosophila. The institute is home to a PhD program in population genetics.
Principal Investigators: Pamela Burger, Carolin Kosiol, Alistair McGregor, Christian Schlötterer, Claus Vogl, Nayuta Yamashita, Andreas Futschik

University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna (Boku)

Gregor Mendel Straße 33, A-1180 Vienna | Website | View map

University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna Erich von Tschermak-Seysenegg, one of the three scientists who independently re-discovered Mendel’s laws of inheritance in 1900 was professor at the Universität für Bodenkunde (Boku) in Vienna. Since then researchers at several institutes of the Boku are involved in evolutionary research. The Molecular Ecology group at the Institute of Forest Entomology, Pathology and Protection focuses on phylogeographic and co-evolutionary questions of forest insects and pathogens.

Principal Investigators: Christian Stauffer

Department of Applied Genetics and Cell Biology (DAGZ), Boku

Armin Szilvinyi Haus (“Muthgasse II”), Muthgasse 18, A-1190 Vienna | Website | View map

The mission of the DAGZ is to perform cutting edge scientific research and to develop advanced technology and to provide high-quality teaching and training to assure competence in molecular and cell biology and related fields. Essential for this mission is maintenance of a vital and stimulating research and teaching environment. The DAGZ consists of eight research groups with scientific activities in glycobiology and plant biotechnology, plant developmental genetics, growth control and adaptation, fungal genetics and plant-pathogen interactions.
Principal Investigators: Marie-Theres Hauser

Laboratories of Genome Dynamics, Department for Cell- and Developmental Biology,
Medical University of Vienna

Währingerstraße 10, A-1090 Wien | Website | View Map

Laboratoties of Genome Dynamics, Center of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Medical University of ViennaEvolutionary research at the Laboratories of Genome Dynamics is concerned with the molecular mechanisms and biological strategies of host-symbiont interactions and their short- and longterm dynamics.

Principal Investigators: Wolfgang J. Miller

Research Division of Biology and Pathobiology of the Skin, Department of Dermatology, Medical University of Vienna

Währinger Gürtel 18-20, A-1090 Wien | Website | View Map

The skin biology lab is part of the Department of Dermatology and studies the evolution and the functions of the epidermis. The research is focused on the molecular mechanism of cornification, programmed cell death and skin diseases such as psoriasis and atopic dermatitis. Comparative genomics and experimental approaches have been used to investigate the origin of mammalian hair and the evolutionary history of caspases.

Principal Investigators: Leopold Eckhart

Institute of Cancer Research, Medical University of Vienna

Borschkegasse 8a, A-1090 Wien | Website | View Map

The Institute of Cancer Research is dedicated to elucidate the causes and characteristics of cancer and stimulate the development of more effective strategies for prevention and treatment. On the cellular level, mutation and selection processes are very active during cancerogenesis. Therefore, research at the ICR also covers studies of the molecular mechanisms of mutation formation and avoidance (e.g. in unicellular model organisms).

Principal Investigators: Erich Heidenreich

Gregor Mendel Institute of Molecular Plant Biology (GMI)

Dr. Bohr-Gasse 3, A-1030 Vienna | Website | View Map

Gregor Mendel Institute of Molecular Plant BiologyThe GMI at the Campus Vienna Biocenter was founded by the Austrian Academy of Sciences to promote research excellence within the field of plant molecular biology. Research at the GMI covers many aspects of molecular genetics, from basic mechanisms of epigenetics to population genetics. Arabidopsis thaliana is used as the primary model organism.
Principal Investigators: Magnus Nordborg

Konrad Lorenz Institute for Ethology (KLIVV)

Savoyenstraße 1a, A-1160 Vienna | Website | View Map

The KLIVV is part of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and promotes research on animal behavior. Researchers study a variety of taxa, especially vertebrates, both in the field and seminatural ecological conditions. They utilize molecular genetic tools, and the main focus is on evolutionary questions (behavioral ecology). The institute is located in the outskirts of Vienna, in the beautiful Vienna Woods.

Principal Investigators:
Dustin Penn

Museum of Natural History Vienna

Burgring 7, A-1010 Vienna | Website | View map

Museum of Natural History Vienna The Museum of Natural History Vienna (NHMW) was conceived and planned in the late 19th Century as a Museum of Evolution and ever since has been a scientific institution for evolutionary research. The biological departments with their scientific collections are specialised on research of Biodiversity and Organismic Biology.
The Laboratory of Molecular Systematics (MolSys) of the NHMW performs phylogenetic and phylogeographic projects on various groups of animals with an additional focus on conservation genetics and evolution of mitochondrial DNA.
Principal Investigators: Elisabeth Haring

Institute of Science and Technology Austria (I.S.T. Austria)

Am Campus 1, A-3400 Klosterneuburg | Website | View Map

Institute of Science and Technology Austria (I.S.T. Austria)The IST Austria at Klosterneuburg near Vienna is a new Institute dedicated to advanced basic research and graduate academic training in the Natural Sciences. Research interests of IST faculty include evolutionary genetics and experimental evolution.

Principal Investigators: Nick Barton, Jonathan Bollback, Sylvia Cremer

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) Laxenburg

Schlossplatz 1, A-2361 Laxenburg | Website | View Map

International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) LaxenburgThe IIASA at Laxenburg near Vienna is a non-governmental and non-profit research organization conducting interdisciplinary scientific research on environmental, economic, technological, and social issues. Evolution and ecology is a major research area at the IIASA.

Principal Investigators: Ulf Dieckmann

Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research (KLI)

Martinstrasse 12, A-3400 Klosterneuburg | Website | View Map

The KLI is an independent center for advanced studies, with a focus on evolution and theoretical biology. It supports the articulation, analysis, and integration of biological theories and the exploration of their wider scientific and cultural significance. The institute offers several kinds of fellowships and provides a stimulating environment for fellows, visiting scholars, and external faculty. Together with MIT Press, the KLI publishes the book collection Vienna Series in Theoretical Biology and with Springer it publishes the journal Biological Theory.

Principal Investigators: Gerd B. Müller, Johannes Jäger, Lee Altenberg

Federal Research and Training Centre for Forests, Natural Hazards and Landscape

Hauptstr. 7, A-1140 Vienna | Website | View Map

The BFW is a federal research and training institution for forests and natural hazards. It provides research and monitoring programmes on the multifunctional use, management and protection of forest ecosystems, biodiversity conservation, and protection against natural hazards and geo-risks. Research interests at the BFW include population genetics and provenance research of forest trees.

Principal Investigators:
Silvio Schueler