Austrian Institute of Science and Technology


Austrian Institute of Science and Technology (IST), Klosterneuburg, represented by Dr. Carl-Philipp Heisenberg

The IST is a new and ambitious venture, founded on the basis of a decision of the Austrian parliament to build an interdisciplinary institute for basic research. The institute is well endowed and has high aspirations, an enterprising spirit, and very experienced founders. The first groups began their operations in 2009. By 2011, a total of 19 research groups were working on campus. By 2016, the campus is expected to develop to accommodate 40-50 professors and 500-600 employees. During its very short existence, IST has already been very successful, demonstrated by two ERC Advanced and five ERC Starting grants to members of the institute.

Dr. Carl-Philipp Heisenberg, Head of the Cell and Developmental Biology group, is a leading zebrafish researcher. His scientific focus is on the molecular and cellular mechanisms by which vertebrate embryos take shape. To obtain insights into critical processes in vertebrate morphogenesis, such as cell adhesion, migration, and polarisation, the Heisenberg group focuses on gastrulation movements in zebrafish. Gastrulation is a highly conserved morphogenetic process that describes the transformation of a seemingly unstructured blastula into a highly organised gastrula-stage embryo composed of the three germ layers (ectoderm, mesoderm, and endoderm).

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