News from the group:
Research Exchange Fellowships - IAESTE (apply)
CAMDA 2023 - ISMB Conference Track, 26-27 July, Lyon, France (read more)
World-leading patient stratification - graph based cancer data integration (read more)
Confirming molecular mechanisms of tendon regeneration - a powerful ovine fetal model (read more)
CAMDA 2022
ISMB Conference Track,
11-12 July, Madison, USA
(read more)
NVIDIA GTC Best Poster Award
for MM Kańduła
at GTC'18
Outstanding Presentation Prize
for MM Kańduła
at CAMDA'17
Outstanding Presentation Prize
for PP Łabaj
at CAMDA'15 (photo)
Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation scholarship
for MM Kańduła
at Boston University
OeAW APART fellowship
for PP Łabaj

Sequencing Quality Control (SEQC) project,
MAQC Consortium 2011–2014 (read more)
Host–parasite interactions in biocontrol, WWTF grant 2010–2013 (read more)

Power and limitations of RNA-Seq,
FDA SEQC, Nature Biotechnology (read more)
Characterization and improvement of RNA-Seq precision,
Bioinformatics (read more)
Impact of heavy tails in microarray analysis, Bioinformatics (read more)
Novel conserved repeats in sorting signals,
FEBS Journal (read more)
Sound sensation gene,
Nature communications
(read more)
RNA interference in ageing research,
Gerontology (read more)

Vienna Science Chair of Bioinformatics

Originally the Vienna Science Chair of Bioinformatics, the research group was founded 2005 on winning a five-year WWTF startup grant together with its partners. It then became a permanent chair embedded in the Dept of Biotechnology and was endowed by Boku University Vienna until 2013. It now forms an independent Research Group at the newly founded Institute for Molecular Biotechnology.

Non-genetic sources of individuality

Besides funds for the foundation of the group, the startup grant supports group internal research into non-genetic sources of individuality in the model organism Drosophila Photo of genetically identical twins melanogaster (fruit fly). It is well known that identical twins, which share the exact same genes, still exhibit differences in their looks, behavioural character, and other nature, even if they grow up in the same environment. The mechanisms that may be responsible for this are only beginning to be understood.

Photo of variation in genetically identical E. coli Recently it was shown that unicellular organisms respond to random fluctuations over time. For both prokaryotes and eukaryotes, this can be understood by noise affecting the gene expression machinery at the transcription level. Two reporter genes with the same promoter driving proteins with green or red fluorophores may randomly either receive the components of the transcription machinery, or not.

In more complex multi-cellular organisms, other mechanisms like epigenetic effects might play a larger role. Still, it has been observed that genetically identical mice in drug trials can respond differently to a drug candidate. We are interested in the effects of random fluctuations in multi-cellular organisms.