Genom Austria is run by an interdisciplinary team of scientists at the CeMM Research Center for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and at the Medical University of Vienna.
Christoph Bock is a genome scientist and principal investigator at CeMM. He is also a guest professor at the Medical University of Vienna's Department for Laboratory Medicine, coordinator of the Biomedical Sequencing Facility and adjunct group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics. He has a background in bioinformatics and epigenomics, with a PhD from the Max Planck Institute for Informatics (Germany) and postdoctoral research at the Broad Institute and Harvard University (Cambridge, USA).
Christoph Binder obtained his MD degree at the University of Vienna in 1997 and received his PhD in Molecular Pathology at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) in 2002. Following postdoctoral training at UCSD, he joined the Department of Laboratory Medicine of the Medical University of Vienna and became Principal Investigator at CeMM in 2006. In 2009 he was appointed Professor of Atherosclerosis Research at the Medical University of Vienna.
Giulio Superti-Furga is a molecular biologist and the Scientific Director of CeMM. He performed his undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Zurich (Switzerland), at Genentech (USA), and at the Institute for Molecular Pathology Vienna (Austria). He was a postdoctoral fellow and Team Leader at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory and co-founder of Cellzome. He is a member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the Academia Eurepaea, the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and the European Molecular Biology Organization.
Christiane Druml is a bioethics expert and chairwoman of the Austrian Bioethics Commission. She is also the Vice Rector for Clinical Affairs at the Medical University of Vienna. She studied law at the University of Vienna and obtained her PhD in the field of international law. From 1992 until October 2011 she was Managing Director of the Ethics Committee of the Medical University of Vienna. She has contributed to the high ethical standards for medical research, both nationally and internationally, for example as a member of the UNESCO’s International Bioethics Committee.
Markus Hengstschläger received his PhD at the age of 24 with special distinction; he was then a research assistant at the Vienna Biocenter. An Erwin Schrödinger bursary enabled him to further specialize on human genetics at Yale University. At the age of 29 he was appointed an associate professor and became professor for medical genetics at 35. He is involved in basic research at the Medical University of Vienna (discovery of stem cells in human amniotic fluid, research on congenital tuberous sclerosis, etc.), teaching and routine diagnostics in the field of medical genetics.
Helga Nowotny is professor emeritus for social studies of science at the ETH Zurich and a founding member of the European Research Council (ERC). From 2007 to 2010 she was Vice President and from 2011 to 2013 president of the ERC. She holds PhD degrees in law from the University of Vienna and from Columbia University (New York) and an honorary doctorate from the Weizmann Institute of Science. She is a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and a longtime member of the Academia Europaea.
Michael Speicher is a specialist in medical genetics and chairman of the Austrian Society of Human Genetics. He is the Director of the Institute of Human Genetics at the Medical University of Graz. He studied computer science at the University of Dortmund and medicine at the University of Essen. He worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Yale University and as a physician-scientist at several German universities (Essen, Heidelberg and Munich). His research focuses on cancer genetics and genomics.