Biology at IST Austria encompasses a wide variety of research areas, from structural and molecular biology to cell and development biology to systems and evolutionary biology.
Biology is the largest track in the PhD program, and students benefit from a vibrant research community with collaborations within and across sub-fields. State-of-the-art facilities and interactions with mathematics, computer science and physics allow scientists to address complex problems with interdisciplinary scope.
COMPLETE BIOLOGY RESEARCH GROUP DETAILS ON IST AUSTRIA’S MAIN SITE:
- Mathematical Models of Evolution
- Hormonal Cross-Talk in Plants
- RNA-based Gene Regulation
- Cooperative Disease Defenses in Insect Societies
- High-Resolution Optical Imaging for Biology
- Developmental and Cell Biology of Plants
- Systems and Synthetic Biology of Genetic Networks
- Physical Principles in Biological Systems
- Morphogenesis in Development
- Tissue Growth and Developmental Pattern Formation
- Evolutionary Genomics
- Self-Organization of the Cell
- Structural Biology of Membrane Protein Complexes
- Structural Biology of Cell Migration and Viral Infection
- Neuroimmunology in Health and Disease
- Invasive Migration of Immune Cells
- Morphodynamics of Immune Cells
- Biophysics and Neuroscience
- Sex-Chromosome Biology and Evolution
Aribidopsis Root Growth
To track the growth of plant roots, the Friml group— in cooperation with the Bioimaging Scientific Service Unit—developed a confocal microscope setup for vertical sample mounting. In addition, they developed a custom software called TipTracker, which can automatically track moving objects and record time-lapse series.
Using this setup, it is possible to study the growth of Arabidopsis roots under different gravity (through rotation of the sample) and light conditions. In addition, TipTracker can even be used to study other non-plant samples, such as zebrafish embryos—an animal model used by one of our PhD students, Vanessa Barone (Heisenberg group), to study embryonic development.
Watch a time-lapse video showing root growth over time, produced using TipTracker.
Ant queens bury dead to prevent disease
PhD student, Cremer Group
Christopher Pull recently published a new study in the open access journal BMC Evolutionary Biology (DOI: 10.1186/s12862-017-1062-4), which suggests that ant queens may bury other queens to prevent pathogen transmission.
The full press release can be found here on the IST main website.