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.

In order to foster
inter- and multidisciplinary research the scientists at IST Austria are not organized into departments but into independent research groups. Each group is led by a Professor or Assistant Professor, and consists of about ten doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows.

Faculty List

Group Leader Research Topic
Herbert Edelsbrunner Algorithms, Geometry and Topology
Tim Browning Analytic Number Theory and its Interfaces
Laszlo Erdös Applied Mathematics, Mathematical Physics
Sylvia Cremer Behavioral and Evolutionary Ecology
Gašper Tkačik Biophysics and Neuroscience
Carl-Philipp Heisenberg Cell and Developmental Biology
Daria Siekhaus Cell and Developmental Biology
Michael Sixt Cell Biology and Immunology
Bernd Bickel Computer Graphics and Digital Fabrication
Chris Wojtan Computer Graphics and Physics Simulation
Christoph Lampert Computer Vision and Machine Learning
Andrew Higginbotham Condensed Matter and Quantum Circuits
Krzysztof Pietrzak Cryptography
Jiri Friml Developmental and Cell Biology of Plants
Simon Hippenmeyer Developmental Neurobiology
Uli Wagner Discrete and Computational Geometry and Topology
Vladimir Kolmogorov Discrete Optimization
Dan Alistarh Distributed Algorithms and Systems
Nick Barton Evolutionary and Mathematical Biology
Fyodor Kondrashov Evolutionary Genomics
Maria Ibáñez Functional Nanomaterials
Krishnendu Chatterjee Game Theory and Software Systems Theory
Tamas Hausel Geometry, Pure Mathematics
Johann Danzl High-resolution Optical Imaging for Biology
Ryuichi Shigemoto Molecular Neuroscience
Georgios Katsaros Nanoelectronics
Gaia Novarino Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Maximilian Jösch Neuroethology
Sandra Siegert Neuroimmunology in Health and Disease
Peter Jonas Neuroscience
Zhanybek Alpichshev Non-linear and Time-resolved Optical Spectroscopy of Strongly Correlated Electron Systems
Edouard Hannezo Physical Principles in Biological Systems
Eva Benkova Plant Developmental Biology
Johannes Fink Quantum Integrated Devices
Onur Hosten Quantum Sensing with Atoms and Light
Robert Seiringer Quantum Statistical Mechanics, Mathematical Physics
Carrie Bernecky RNA-based Gene Regulation
Martin Loose Self-Organization of the Cell
Beatriz Vicoso Sex-Chromosome Biology and Evolution
Scott Waitukaitis Soft and Complex Materials
Thomas A. Henzinger Software Systems Theory
Jan Maas Stochastic Analysis
Florian Schur Structural Biology of Cell Migration and Viral Infection
Leonid Sazanov Structural Biology of Membrane Protein Complexes
Călin C. Guet Systems and Synthetic Biology
Jozsef Csicsvari Systems Neuroscience
Mikhail Lemeshko Theoretical Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Maksym Serbyn Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics and Quantum Dynamics
Julian Fischer Theory of Partial Differential Equations, Applied and Numerical Analysis
Anna Kicheva Tissue Growth and Developmental Pattern Formation
Björn Hof Turbulence, Fluid Dynamics, Bio-Fluidics