1984-1989 Mechanical Engineering, HTBL Graz, Austria, Ing.
1989-1996 B.Sc. Physics & MSc. Theor. Physics, Erzherzog Univ. Graz
1996-2000 PhD in Comp. Protein Cryst., EMBL & Karl-Franzens Univ. Graz.
2000-2002 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Computational Crystallography - Dr. G. Bricogne, Cambridge
2002-2005 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Structural Bioinformatics - Prof. J. Thornton, EBI, Hinxton
2005- Project Leader in Computational & Systems Biology, JIC
2010- Head of Department, Computational & Systems Biology, JIC
Systems biology of plant-microbe interactions. The main research focus of my group is on the application of mathematical and computational models to help understand plant-microbe interactions. We are particularly interested in how biological entities process information and communicate through `noisy channels' to deliver biomechanical responses. The approaches range from standard numerical and theoretical physics techniques to methods of artificial intelligence, machine learning, computational geometry, computer vision, information theory, Bayesian inference, evolutionary programming and the development of new algorithms.