• JOIN US — We are constantly looking for people with big ideas, who would enjoy and augment the intellectual freedom we provide. If this appeals to you, get in touch — contact any group leader.

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  • JOIN US — We are constantly looking for people with big ideas, who would enjoy and augment the intellectual freedom we provide. If this appeals to you, get in touch — contact any group leader.

    Open Positions
  • JOIN US — We are constantly looking for people with big ideas, who would enjoy and augment the intellectual freedom we provide. If this appeals to you, get in touch — contact any group leader.

    Open Positions
  • JOIN US — We are constantly looking for people with big ideas, who would enjoy and augment the intellectual freedom we provide. If this appeals to you, get in touch — contact any group leader.

    Open Positions

JOIN US — We are constantly looking for people with big ideas, who would enjoy and augment the intellectual freedom we provide. If this appeals to you, get in touch — contact any group leader.

Open Positions

Our Mission

The GMI is a research institute devoted to plant biology. Plants created our atmosphere and sustain life on earth. Our goal is to make fundamental discoveries that help us understand how plants function — discoveries that may be essential to address global challenges like climate change. Our research ranges from molecules to ecosystems, involving a wide variety of plants — all depending on the question. We study photosynthesis in unicellular alga, and climate adaptation in coniferous trees. We believe in enabling researchers at all levels to pursue big questions in an intellectually stimulating, diverse, and collaborative environment. Key to our success is minimal hierarchy and bureaucracy, outstanding facilities, and core funding.

About us

The GMI is part of the Vienna BioCenter, a leading life science cluster, comprising several research institutes, universities, and start-up companies, located close to the center of Vienna. The institute is owned and funded by the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW). Research topics include basic mechanisms of epigenetics, cell biology, plant-pathogen interactions, developmental biology, and population genetics. The GMI provides a lively, international working environment with around 130 people, embedded in a campus with over 1700 people from more than 70 countries. The working language is English. We strive for a friendly, inclusive environment, and provide an on-campus child care center.

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Yang K, Tang Y, Li Y, et al. (2024) Two imprinted genes primed by DME in the central cell and activated by WRKY10 in the endosperm. J Genet Genomics [epub].

Takeuchi H, Nagahara S, Higashiyama T, et al. (2024) The Chaperone NASP Contributes to De Novo Deposition of the Centromeric Histone Variant CENH3 in Arabidopsis Early Embryogenesis. Plant Cell Physiol [epub] preprint bioRxiv:2023.10.05.560999.

Hoermayer L, Montesinos JC, Trozzi N, et al. (2024) Mechanical forces in plant tissue matrix orient cell divisions via microtubule stabilization. Dev Cell [epub].

Attrill ST and Dolan L (2024) KATANIN-mediated microtubule severing is required for MTOC formation and function in Marchantia polymorpha. Development [epub] preprint bioRxiv:2024.01.04.574198.

Dombey R, Barragan-Borrero V, ..., Mari-Ordonez A (2024) Atypical epigenetic and small RNA control of transposons in clonally reproducing Spirodela polyrhiza. bioRxiv: 2024.04.03.587901.

Liu H-J, Swarts K, Xu S, et al. (2024) On the contribution of genetic heterogeneity to complex traits. bioRxvi:2024.03.27.586967.

Chandler JO, Wilhelmsson PKI, Fernandez-Pozo N, et al. (2024) The dimorphic diaspore model Aethionema arabicum (Brassicaceae): Distinct molecular and morphological control of responses to parental and germination temperatures. Plant Cell [epub] preprint biorxiv:2023.12.14.571707.

Wallner ES, Mair A, Handler D, et al. (2024) Spatially resolved proteomics of the Arabidopsis stomatal lineage identifies polarity complexes for cell divisions and stomatal pores. Dev Cell [epub] preprint bioRxiv:2023.11.03.564551.

Hure V, Piron-Prunier F, Yehouessi T, et al. (2024) Alternative silencing states of Transposable Elements in Arabidopsis. bioRxiv:2024.03.16.585326.

Hisanaga T (2024) Antisense transcription controls sexual differentiation of the liverwort Marchantia polymorpha. Plant Cell Physiol [epub].

Arshad W, Steinbrecher T, Wilhelmsson PKI, et al. (2024) Aethionema arabicum dimorphic seed trait resetting during transition to seedlings. Front Plant Sci 15:1358312.

Lorkovic ZJ, Klingenbrunner M, Cho CH, et al. (2024) Identification of plants' functional counterpart of the metazoan mediator of DNA Damage checkpoint 1. EMBO Rep [epub] preprint bioRxiv:2023.05.19.541430.

Attrill ST and Dolan L (2024) Microtubules and actin filaments direct nuclear movement during the polarisation of Marchantia spore cells. bioRxiv:2024.02.23.581750.

Matzinger M, Schmücker A, Yelagandula R, et al. (2024) Micropillar arrays, wide window acquisition and AI-based data analysis improve comprehensiveness in multiple proteomic applications. Nat Commun 15(1):1019.

Bubis JA, Arrey TN, Damoc E, et al. (2024) Challenging the Astral™ mass analyzer — going beyond 5200 proteins per single-cell at unseen quantitative accuracy to study cellular heterogeneity. bioRxiv:2024.02.01.578358.

Butkovic A, Ellis TJ, González R, et al. (2024) Genetic basis of Arabidopsis thaliana responses to infection by naïve and adapted isolates of turnip mosaic virus. Elife 12:RP89749 preprintbioRxiv:2022.08.02.502433.

Hoffman-Sommer M, Pilka N, Anielska-Mazur A, et al. (2024) The Arabidopsis thaliana TRAPPIII subunit AtTRAPPC8/AtTRS85 is involved in ER functioning and autophagy. bioRxiv:2024.01.11.575191.

Merai Z, Graeber K, Xu F, et al. (2024) Long days induce adaptive secondary dormancy in seed of the Mediterranean plant Aethionema arabicum. bioRxiv:2024.01.08.574645.


The GMI is part of the Vienna BioCenter, one of the leading international life science research centers worldwide that has established itself as the premier location for life sciences in Central Europe.

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