Research Areas

Plants are primary producers and the basis of human life on earth. Our general research focus is on development, evolution and ecology of plants thereby integrating plant anatomy and cell biology, genomics, metabolomics, proteomics, signalling and metabolic modeling, systems theory and ecosystems research. An applied focus is on large whole genome germplasm collections of crop species, e.g. legumes, potato, tomato, wheat, pearl millet, barley and grapevine. We investigate gene functions in the environmental and agroecological context, with a focus on plant stress physiology, plant-microbe interaction and adaptation in the era of a global climate crisis.

  • Molecular Ecophysiology
  • Plant anatomy and physiology
  • Plant signalling
  • Plant-microbe interaction
  • System theory in biology and ecology


Molecular Systems Biology University of Vienna
Althanstraße 14 (UZA I)
1090 Vienna


Wolfram Weckwerth


Research Areas: Molecular Systems Biology

Verena Ibl

Research Areas: Plant cell biology in crop seeds (dealing with protein trafficking during the endosperm development with the focus on the ESCRT protein machinery)

Ingeborg Lang

Research Areas: Structural and functional plant cell biology

Steffen Waldherr

Starting his position in Q3/2021

Stefanie Wienkoop

Research Areas: Plant-Microsymbiont Interaction