About the Gregor Mendel Institute

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. 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, we also study plants as diverse as wheat, maize, liverworts, and trees. We publish around 40 papers per year, and research groups are annually evaluated by an international, external Scientific Advisory Board.

The GMI is located in the Vienna BioCenter within the purpose-built Austrian Academy of Sciences Life Sciences Center Vienna, completed in January 2006. We share this building with another institute of the ÖAW, the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology (IMBA). The Vienna BioCenter, which encompasses both independent and academic research institutes as well as biotechnology companies, provides an ideal environment for the GMI. Neighboring institutes include the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) and the Max F. Perutz Laboratories - 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 employees from 35 countries. The working language is English. The GMI strives to enable a balance between career and family; in addition to laboratories specially equipped for expecting mothers and flexible working hours, subsidized day care is available at the VBC's integrated Child Care Center.


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