The Graz location of the Cori Institute of Molecular and Computational Metabolism is characterized by internationally highly recognized competence in the following relevant research areas: metabolism and aging, infection biology, oncology, applied mathematics and biomedical modelling, and engineering.

Experience with long-term major projects

Numerous national and international large-scale research projects have been initiated and led by researchers in these areas over the past 20 years, e.g., five SFBs, EU network projects, a GEN-AU project, resulting in internationally recognized groundbreaking discoveries.

Academic Synergy in Graz

Metabolic research, mathematical modeling and medical technology are major research areas of the University of Graz, the Medical University of Graz and the Graz University of Technology and are prominently featured in the research profiles of the respective universities. In a cross-university, strategic project (BioTechMed-Graz), the three universities already conduct closely interconnected joint research activities. The Cori Institute of Molecular and Computational Metabolism in Graz will benefit substantially from this inter-university research network.

Unique selling potential and embedding

The close intertwining of experimental with numerical biology and mathematical modeling in the field of metabolism at the Cori Institute of Molecular and Computational Metabolism represents a unique selling point in Austria and in German-speaking countries. Although global approaches exist at various institutes, none of these institutions focuses specifically on metabolism and metabolic diseases.

The Cori Institute in Graz will network in key areas with neighboring biomedical centers of excellence in Austria, such as IMBA of the OeAW and CeMM of the OeAW, as well as in Germany with Helmholtz Munich, MPI Munich and MPI Cologne. Close cooperation in the areas of metabolism research as well as modeling and simulation with the strongest relevant universities and non-university institutions in the national and neighboring international research environment already exists, but the declared goal is to deepen these interactions even further. A close networking of top research institutes in the Central European research environment should lead to a “win-win” situation from which all participating institutions can benefit.