The Gregor Mendel Institute of Molecular Plant Biology (GMI) was founded by the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) in 2000 to promote research excellence in the area of plant molecular biology. It is the only international center for basic plant research in Austria.
Research at the GMI covers many aspects of molecular genetics, from basic mechanisms of epigenetics to population genetics. Arabidopsis thaliana is used as the primary model organism, and research groups are evaluated annually by an international external Scientific Advisory Board.
The GMI is located in the Vienna Biocenter within the purpose-built Austrian Academy of Sciences Life Sciences Center Vienna, completed in January 2006. The Vienna Biocenter, which encompasses both independent and academic research institutes as well as biotechnology companies, provides an ideal environment for the GMI. Neighboring institutes include the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP), the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology (IMBA), as well as the Max F. Perutz Laboratories of the University of Vienna and of the Medical University of Vienna.
The GMI provides a lively, international working environment with some 100 staff from 30 countries. The working language is English. The GMI strives to enable a balance between career and family; in addition to laboratories specially equipped for expecting mothers and flexible working hours, subsidized day care is available at the VBC's integrated Child Care Center.