The RiboNets consortium is made up of three partners actually located at four universities. A short description of each member is given below.


University of Vienna


UNI-Logo RGB 01The Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (BCB) research group at University of Vienna, Austria is headed by two professors, i.e. Ivo L. Hofacker and Arndt von Haeseler, and works on the interdisciplinary bioinformatics research field. The research activity of the group of Ivo L. Hofacker at the Institute of Theoretical Chemistry at University of Vienna ranges from classical quantum mechanical calculations, accurate calculations on structures and activities of small molecules, development of theoretical methods for drug design to investigations of evolution and bioinformatics of RNA. It has especially a long standing expertise in RNA research ranging from molecule design to genome wide detection of non-coding RNA elements. With the development and ongoing improvement as well as constant extension of the Vienna RNA  package the group provides one of the widely used software suites for RNA structure prediction and analysis. 


Key people: Sven Findeiß, Christoph Flamm and Stefan Hammer


Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf


uni duesseldorf logoThe Cluster of Excellence on Plant Sciences (CEPLAS) is a joint initiative of Heinrich Heine University, University of Cologne, Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research and Forschungszentrum Jülich. It applies a new approach that is driven by evolutionary analysis and synthetic biology. CEPLAS aims to understand the genetic architecture and the regulatory networks of four important complex traits at the level of a quantitative model followed by the synthesis of the trait’s modules and sub-modules. The Institute for Synthetic Microbiology, headed by Ilka Axmann, is embedded in CEPLAS’ Research Area D - Plant metabolism: from biotic challenges to synthetic biology. We are aiming at smart, automated and dynamic control of synthetic metabolic pathways in microorganisms using synthetic RNA-devices and RNA-based metabolite-sensors. Particular focus is placed on the engineering of cyanobacteria as a future host for sustainable biotechnology.


Key people: Ilka Axmann and Dennis Dienst


Humboldt University of Berlin


husiegel bwThe Institute of Theoretical Biology (ITB), being at the interface between Charité and Humboldt University Berlin, is one of the central hubs for mathematical modelling of biological systems in Germany, with six research groups investigating molecular networks through mathematical modelling. 


Key people: Ilka Axmann, Dennis Dienst and Tim Kolmsee


Centre national de la recherché scientifique


logocnrsThe Laboratoire de photonique et de nanostructures (LPN), belonging to the Centre national de la recherché scientifique (CNRS), with 47 permanent research staff, 38 technical staff and 1000 m2 of clean room is one of the major micro- and nanofabrication facilities in France. LPN carries out its research activities in the nanosciences, at the cross-roads of quantum optics and electronics, of physics, chemistry and biology, of materials science and device physics. LPN develops the new technologies and concepts that initiate innovation both in basic and in applied science. It has been a pioneer in France in merging microfabrication chemistry and biology, notably in the field of microfluidics, which is central to this project.


Key people: Andre Estévez-Torres and Jonathan Lee

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