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Former Research Groups

IMP contracts for academic positions are limited for a certain number of years, after which scientists at any level take the next step in their professional journey at other places. The IMP takes pride in the success of its alumni, including of course its former principal investigators, many of whom are now in leading academic positions at outstanding research institutions.

The IMP is an excellent stepping stone for any academic career. We are proud of the long list of former principal investigators who have moved up in the academic ranks. Their ties with the IMP are at the core of our global network of leading molecular biology research centres.

Former IMP Principal Investigators

The list below is in alphabetic order. Note that this list is a directory of former principal investigators only; we express our appreciation generally to our alumni on a separate page.

Gustav Ammerer

IMP Group Leader 1988-1992
Professor at Max F. Perutz Laboratories, Vienna

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Lisa Ballou

IMP Group Leader 1990-1995

Denise P. Barlow

IMP Group Leader 1988-1996
Group Leader at CeMM

Retired in 2015

Hartmut Beug

IMP Senior Scientist 1988-2010

Passed away in 2011

Adrian Bird

IMP Senior Scientist 1987-1990
Professor at Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology, University of Edinburgh

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Max Birnstiel

IMP Managing Director 1986-1996

Passed away in 2014

Gerhard Christofori

IMP Group Leader 1994-2001
Professor of Biochemistry at University of Basel - Department of Biomedicine

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Carrie Cowan

IMP Group Leader 2006-2013
Director of Pre- & Postdoctoral Programs at The Jackson Laboratory (Maine)

Matthew Cotton

IMP Group Leader 1993-1999

Barry Dickson

IMP Group Leader 1998-2003
IMP Senior Scientist and Managing Director 2006-2013
Group Leader at Janelia Research Campus

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Frank Eisenhaber

IMP Group Leader, 1999-2007
Executive Director of the Bioinformatics Institute (BII), Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore

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Michael Glotzer

IMP Group Leader 1997-2005
Professor at Department of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology, The University of Chicago

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Christine Hartmann

IMP Group Leader 2002-2012
Professor at the Medical Faculty University Münster, Institute for Experimental Musculoskeletal Medicine, Head of the Department for Bone and Skeletal Research

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Katrin Heinze

IMP Staff Scientist 2006-2012
Professor at University of Würzburg

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Lukas A. Huber

IMP Group Leader 1996-2002
Director at Innsbruck Medical University - Biocenter Division Cell Biology
CSO Center for Personalized Cancer Medicine – Oncotyrol, Innsbruck
CSO and Founder of the Austrian Drug Screening Institute – ADSI, Innsbruck
Austrian delegate in the IARC Scientific Council (WHO)

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Thomas Jenuwein

IMP Group Leader, Senior Scientist 1993-2008
Director at Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics

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Krystyna Keleman

IMP Staff Scientist 2006-2013
Group Leader at Janelia Farm

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Ludger Klein

IMP Group Leader 2002-2007
Professor at Institute for Immunology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University

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Jürgen Knoblich

IMP Group Leader 1997-2004
Senior Scientist and Deputy Director at Institute of Molecular Biotechnology

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Kim Nasmyth

IMP Senior Scientist and Managing Director 1988-2005
Senior Scientist and Whitley Professor of Biochemistry at University of Oxford – Department of Biochemistry

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Annette Neubüser

IMP Group Leader 1998-2003
Professor at University of Freiburg, Institute for Biology 1

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Martin Nicklin

IMP Group Leader 1988-1991
Senior Scientist at University of Sheffield – The Henry Wellcome Institute for Medical Research

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Simon Rumpel

IMP Group Leader 2006-2014
Professor at University of Mainz

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Tillmann Schuster

IMP Group Leader 1988-1993

Peggy Stolt-Bergner

IMP Fellow 2006-2011
Core Facility Head and Deputy Director at Vienna Biocenter Core Facilities, Vienna

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Andrew Straw

IMP Fellow 2010-2015
Professor, University of Freiburg

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Ernst Wagner

IMP Group Leader 1988-1992
Professor at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München – Department Pharmazie

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Erwin Wagner

IMP Senior Scientist 1988-2008
Deputy Director 1997-2008
Vice-Director at Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) and Director of the Cancer Cell Biology Program

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Andreas Weith

IMP Group Leader 1990-1997

Retired

Stefan Westermann

IMP Group Leader 2006-2015
Professor at University Duisburg-Essen (UDE), Germany

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Anton Wutz

IMP Group Leader 2001-2009
Professor at ETH Zürich

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Martin Zenke

IMP Group Leader 1988-1995
Professor and Director, Institute for Biomedical Engineering, Department of Cell Biology, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany

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