The scientists of „Molecules of Life“are part of four, highly interactive modules:

  • Snapshots of molecules covers structural biology aspects
  • Molecules in action” covers biochemical, cell biology and immunobiology aspects, including cell signaling, RNA biology, and chromosome dynamics
  • Molecules in ecology and evolution” deals with key molecular aspects of ecology and evolution
  • In silico” deals with computational aspects of molecular life sciences and, crucially, with their bioinformatics implications



Manuela Baccarini

is the scientific coordinator of the Graduate School.


Manuela Baccarini
manuela.baccarini [AT] [DOT] at
Tel. +43-1-4277-54607

Peter Schlögelhofer

is group leader at MFPL, speaker of the PhD program Chromosome Dynamics, and deputy coordinator of the Doctoral School


Peter Schlögelhofer
peter.schloegelhofer [AT] [DOT] at
Tel. +43-1-4277-56240

Gerlinde Aschauer

is the School's Manager. She is the day-to-day driving force behind the organization of the doctoral School, and the major go-to-person for questions and advice for all prospective and current PhD students alike. Together with Manuela and Peter she works continuously to ensure the high quality of the  Doctoral School and to attract international top students.


Gerlinde Aschauer
gerlinde.aschauer [AT] [DOT] at
Tel. +43-1-4277-52851

Steering Committee members

Udo Bläsi
Post-transcriptional regulation in Bacteria and Archaea

Thomas Decker
Host responses and innate immunity to bacteria

Kristina Djinovic-Carugo
Structural biology of the cytoskeleton

Roland Foisner
Lamins in nuclear organization and human disease

Pavel Kovarik
Signaling and gene expression in inflammation

Johannes Nimpf
ApoER2 and VLDL receptor

Tim Skern
Interactions between viruses and cells

Arndt von Haeseler