A world-class institute focused on basic research in plant biology

The Gregor Mendel Institute of Molecular Plant Biology (GMI) was founded by the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) in 2000 to promote research excellence in the area of plant molecular biology (founding director: Prof. Dieter Schweizer). It is the only international center for basic plant research in Austria and one of only very few throughout the world.

Research at the GMI covers many aspects of molecular biology, including basic mechanisms of epigenetics, cell biology, plant-pathogen interactions, developmental biology, and population genetics. While Arabidopsis thaliana is the primary model organism in most groups, the focus is on basic biology and a wide range of organisms are studied. For more information about what we do, please visit the individual lab pages, or our list of publications.

The GMI is part of the Vienna BioCenter, one of Europe's foremost life science research locations, located close to the center of Vienna. We share a building with another institute of the ÖAW, the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology (IMBA), and other neighbors include the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) and the Max Perutz Labs Vienna - a joint institute of the University of Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna. Several core services, including high-throughput plant phenotyping and next generation sequencing, are provided by the Vienna BioCenter Core Facilities (VBCF).

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 and we provide an on-campus Child Care Center.