Tanja Gesell PhD
  • Previously Head of In Silico Research & Discovery Platform of CALYXHA.

  • Entrepreneur, scientist and artist. Currently teaches at three different universities in Vienna: at the University of Vienna, at the University of Applied Arts, and at the FH-Campus University of Applied Science.

  • Conducted research at the Konrat group, Department for Structural and Computational Biology, Max Perutz Laboratories, Vienna, Austria, at the Center of Integrative Bioinformatics (CIBIV) in Vienna, Austria, at Harvard University and the Broad Institute in Cambridge, US and at the European Bioinformatics Institute in Cambridge, UK.

  • Primary research interests: evolutionary and comparative genomics, molecular structure research, information-visualization, neurobiology, and drug discovery and mode of action (MoA) analysis of small molecules.

  • Peer-reviewed publications on gene-finding programs, different structure definitions and various extensive sets of functional transcriptomic annotations associated with complex diseases. Writer of various software packages, e.g. for the simulation of sequence evolution, detection of non-coding RNAs, drug-development and visualization. Inventor on CALYXHA related patent families.

  • Education: PhD in Molecular and Computational Biology from the University of Vienna – Austria (2009). Diploma in Biology (major: Neurobiology, minor: Bioinformatics and Computer Science) from the University of Düsseldorf, Germany (2003). Diploma in Fine Art (major: Experimental Sculpture, minor: Aesthetics and Philosophy) from the Academy of Fine Arts in Düsseldorf – Germany (2004).