Research Area Centre for Molecular Biosciences Innsbruck (CMBI)


Univ.-Prof. Dr. Bert Hobmayer (Institute of Zoology)

Deputy Head

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ronald Micura (Institute of Organic Chemistry)

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jörg Striessnig (Institute of Pharmacy)


Gabriele Reiter

Research Objectives

The Centre for Molecular Biosciences (CMBI) has established itself as a major contributor to the Austrian biomolecular and biomedical research community with high international visibility. It brings together research groups from different disciplines in the natural sciences, including structural biology, chemistry, biophysics, molecular biology, genetics, molecular modeling, and pharmaceutical sciences at an international competitive level. The interdisciplinary research aims of the CMBI focus on structure, function, and interaction of biological macromolecules and low molecular weight compounds relevant for cellular growth, metabolism, and development. Research activities take advantage of existing research strengths in the following basic and applied research fields:

  • Structure, dynamics and interactions of biologically relevant molecules
  • Molecular basis of physiological and pathophysiological processes
  • Metabolites, natural and synthetic compounds that modulate important biological processes
  • Cell-to-cell communication and cellular function
  • Development of whole organisms

Constantly growing collaborations within the CMBI lead to inspiring ideas and new interdisciplinary research projects. Its financial support by the University of Innsbruck enables internal communication, funding of awards for outstanding young scientists and establishing high quality research seminars as well as the annual CMBI/Innsbruck Life Science Meetings to foster collaborations with external biomolecular and biomedical research groups. This supports our aim to create tight links to the biomedical research community, including clinical sciences. High visibility is achieved by the participation of CMBI scientists in national and international excellence research networks. This includes FWF-funded doctoral excellence programs (“Signal Processing in Neurons”, “Molecular Cell Biology and Oncology”, and “Host Response in Opportunistic Infections”), the NFN-105 "Photoacoustic Imaging in Biology and Medicine" as well as numerous European Community – funded networks. CMBI researchers also took the lead in organizing and coordinating excellence networks, such as the FWF-funded SFB-F44, “Cell Signaling in Chronic CNS Disorders” and the NFN "Drugs from Nature Targeting Inflammation".

 Interview with Jörg Striessnig (Video)

Affiliated Doctoral Programmes

Affiliated Organisational Units

Faculty of Biology

Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy

Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science and Physics