Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution. (Theodosius Dobzhansky)
The Faculty of Life Sciences reflects the breadth of disciplines dealing with life on Earth. Research focuses on Organismal Systems Biology, Functional Ecology, Botany and Biodiversity Research, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Nutritional Sciences.
The dynamics of the physiology, developmental and evolutionary processes of organisms and the neural, social and environmental flows of information are at the core of the research questions of Organismal Systems Biology. [read more]
Botany and Biodiversity Research is focused on biodiversity in all ecological and evolutionary dimensions with expertise from ecology, morphology, and evolutionary biology. Plants, fungi, as well as animals are investigated. [read more]
Pharmaceutical Sciences aim at the discovery, development, and appropriate use of medications for public welfare and safety. They focus on identifying and characterising both new biologically active natural products and synthetic drugs. [read more]
Functional Ecology aims at gaining insight into the structures and functions of terrestrial, limnic and marine ecosystems and their microbial, floral and faunal communities. Specific importance is attached to research on microbial communities as well as their relations to the biotic and abiotic environment. [read more]
The focus of Nutritional Sciences is on molecular and cellular research with an orientation towards systems biology. We apply genomic, transcriptional, proteomic and metabolic strategies, thereby also contributing to developing biomarkers. [read more]
Key Research Areas were established to increase the visibility of specific research fields within the Faculty, to strengthen already excellent research fields, to support the development of new and relevant research topics, and to set new trends in already excellent areas.
While multiple interactions between members of the different disciplines represented at the Faculty of Life Sciences are established, there are also exciting collaborations with other faculties of the University of Vienna and research institutions in and outside Austria.
In order to foster interdisciplinary cooperation among faculties as well as between the University of Vienna, and the Medical University of Vienna the following instruments have been implemented: