IST Austria offers an attractive environment for excellent scientists from all over the world. It is an institute dedicated to basic research of the highest quality. It chooses its scientific fields on the basis of the availability of outstanding researchers. It will only enter into fields in which it can compete with the best. Its scientists are encouraged to pursue their own goals and ideas, independent of political and commercial interests.

IST Austria will perform research in different fields of science, while reaching a critical mass in the chosen areas. This dual purpose can be achieved by complementary research topics from different disciplines, with novel direct interconnections among them. In fields that require specific expensive experimental facilities and infrastructure, the institute either provides its scientists with state-of-the-art instrumentation or it will not enter into the field.

IST Austria will foster both theoretical and experimental research, with an emphasis on close and meaningful collaborations between the two camps.

Faculty List

Group Leader Research Topic
Nick Barton Evolutionary and Mathematical Biology
Eva Benkova Plant Developmental Biology
Bernd Bickel Computer Graphics and Digital Fabrication
Jonathan P. Bollback Evolutionary Biology
Tobias Bollenbach Biophysics and Systems Biology
Krishnendu Chatterjee Game Theory and Software Systems Theory
Sylvia Cremer Evolutionary and Behavioral Biology
Jozsef Csicsvari Systems Neuroscience
Herbert Edelsbrunner Algorithms, Geometry and Topology
Laszlo Erdös Applied Mathematics, Mathematical Physics
Jiri Friml Developmental and Cell Biology of Plants
Călin C. Guet Systems and Synthetic Biology
Carl-Philipp Heisenberg Cell and Developmental Biology
Thomas A. Henzinger Software Systems Theory
Simon Hippenmeyer Developmental Neurobiology
Björn Hof Turbulence, Fluid Dynamics, Bio-Fluidics
Harald Janovjak Synthetic Physiology
Peter Jonas Neuroscience
Vladimir Kolmogorov Computer Vision and Discrete Optimization
Christoph Lampert Computer Vision and Machine Learning
Mikhail Lemeshko Theoretical Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Martin Loose Self-organization of the cell
Jan Maas Stochastic Analysis
Gaia Novarino Epilepsy and Cognitive Disorders
Krzysztof Pietrzak Cryptography
Robert Seiringer Many-body Systems in Quantum Mechanics
Ryuichi Shigemoto Molecular Neuroscience
Daria Siekhaus Cell and Developmental Biology
Michael Sixt Cell Biology and Immunology
Gašper Tkačik Biophysics and Neuroscience
Caroline Uhler Statistics
Beatriz Vicoso Sex-chromosome biology and evolution
Uli Wagner Discrete and Computational Geometry and Topology
Chris Wojtan Computer Graphics