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Martin Hetzer


Martin Hetzer, ISTA President, profile

Martin Hetzer obtained his PhD in Genetics and Biochemistry from the University of Vienna in 1997. After a formative time as a postdoctoral fellow at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany, he moved to California as an Assistant Professor. For 19 years, he pursued his scientific passion at the renowned Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla in various roles, including Professor, Chief Science Officer, and most recently, Senior Vice President.

Contact: Eva Baghai (Assistant to the President): -1007

Gaia Novarino

Executive Vice President

Gaia Novarino Vice President Peter RIgaud

Professor Gaia Novarino oversees the science education communication of basic science and research.

  • since 2019 Professor, ISTA
  • 2014 – 2019 Assistant Professor, ISTA
  • 2010 – 2013 Postdoc, UCSD (Joseph Gleeson Lab), La Jolla, USA
  • 2006 – 2010 Postdoc, Center for Molecular Neurobiology, Hamburg, Germany and MDC/FMP (Thomas Jentsch Lab) Berlin, Germany
  • 2006 PhD, University “La Sapienza“, Rome, Italy

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Contact: Sandor Matyus (Assistant in the Office of the President): -1016

Georg Schneider

Managing Director

Georg Schneider Peter Rigaud

Dr. Georg Schneider heads the administration of ISTA and is responsible for financial management, technical and legal matters, and human resources.

  • since December 1, 2012 Managing Director, ISTA
  • 2008-2012 Deputy Director, CIO, Bioinformatics Institute, A*Star, Singapore
  • 2007-2012 Principal Investigator, Biomolecular Function Discovery Division, Bioinformatics Institute, A*Star, Singapore
  • 2007 PhD/Doctorate in Chemistry (Bioinformatics) at University of Vienna
  • 2005 Co-founder at WildOne Information Systems GmbH
  • 2001-2007 Bioinformatician and leader of a software development team at Institute of Molecular Pathology (Boehringer Ingelheim), Vienna
  • 1999-2004 Lecturer at Institute of Applied Informatics, Vienna University of Economics and Business
  • 1998-2000 Research Associate at Institute of Applied Informatics, Vienna University of Economics and Business
  • 1999 Master of Business at Vienna University of Economics and Business

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Contact: Simon-Philip Kutzenberger (Assistant Executive Affairs & Support MD): -1037

Eva Benková

Dean of the Graduate School

Eva Benkova Dean Peter Rigaud

Professor Eva Benková oversees the operation of the Graduate School.

  • since 2016 Professor, ISTA
  • 2013 – 2016 Assistant Professor, ISTA
  • 2011 – 2013 Group Leader, Central European Institute of Technology (CEITEC), Brno, Czech Republic
  • 2007 – 2013 Group Leader, Flanders Institute for Biotechnology, Ghent, Belgium
  • 2003 – 2007 Habilitation position, University of Tübingen, Germany
  • 2001 – 2003 Postdoc, Centre for Plant Molecular Biology, Tübingen, Germany
  • 1998 – 2001 Postdoc, Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding, Cologne, Germany

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Contact: Jerneja Beslagic (Assistant to Dean): -1726

Georgios Katsaros

Vice President for Scientific Resources

Professor Georgios Katsaros oversees the Scientific Service Units and space management at ISTA.

  • since 2022 Professor, ISTA
  • 2016 – 2022 Assistant Professor, ISTA
  • 2012 – 2016 Group Leader, Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria
  • 2011 – 2012 Group Leader, Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research, Dresden, Germany
  • 2006 – 2010 Postdoc, CEA, Grenoble, France
  • 2006 PhD, Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart, Germany
  • 2001 – 2002 Research Assistant, National Center for Scientific Research “Demokritos”, Athens, Greece

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Contact: Sandor Matyus (Assistant to Vice President): -1016

Monika Henzinger

Vice President for Technology Transfer

Professor Monika Henzinger oversees the transfer of science into useable technologies.

  • since 2023 Professor, ISTA
  • 2009 – 2023 Professor, University of Vienna
  • 2005 – 2009 Professor, EPFL, Switzerland
  • 1999 – 2005 Google
  • 1996 – 1999 Digital Equipment Corporation
  • 1993 – 1996 Assistant Professor, Cornell University, USA
  • 1993 PhD, Princeton University, USA

Contact: Sandor Matyus (Assistant to Vice President): -1016

Simon Hippenmeyer

Area Chair Life Sciences

Simon Hippenmeyer

Professor Simon Hippenmeyer oversees the Life Sciences Area, which encompasses many of ISTA’s biologists, biochemists, and neuroscientists.

  • since 2019 Professor, ISTA
  • 2012 – 2019 Assistant Professor, ISTA
  • 2011 – 2012 Research Associate, Stanford University, Palo Alto, USA
  • 2006 – 2011 Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University, Palo Alto, USA
  • 2004 – 2006 Postdoctoral Associate, University of Basel and Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Basel, Switzerland
  • 2004 PhD, University of Basel, Switzerland

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Contact: Louis Alesch (Area Administrator): -1032

Mikhail Lemeshko

Area Chair Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Professor Mikhail Lemeshko oversees the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Area, which encompasses many of ISTA’s mathematicians, physicists, chemists, and material scientists.

  • since 2019 Professor, Institute of Science and Technology Austria (ISTA)
  • 2014 – 2019 Assistant Professor, Institute of Science and Technology Austria (ISTA)
  • 2011 – 2014 ITAMP Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA
  • 2011 PhD, Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, Berlin, Germany

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Contact: Ömer Halil Ünal (Area Administrator): -1073

Krzysztof Pietrzak

Area Chair Information and System Sciences

Professor Krzysztof Pietrzak

Professor Krzysztof Pietrzak oversees the Information and System Sciences Area, which provides a current and future home to computationally, mathematically, and technologically oriented scientists and engineers. Computer scientists, statisticians, mathematical biologists, theoretical physicists, systems neuroscientists, computational chemists, synthetic biologists, control engineers, and others, this area comprises all who study “information” as a subject, who try to understand complex natural and build complex man-made “systems” (from the brain to the earth, from robots to networks), and who tackle the methodological challenges of big data.

  • since 2016 Professor, ISTA
  • 2011 – 2016 Assistant Professor, ISTA
  • 2005 – 2011 Scientific Staff Member, Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2006 Postdoc, École Normale Supérieure, Paris, France
  • 2005 PhD, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

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Contact: Rita Six (Area Administrator): -1165

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