Keynote Speakers


Giulio Superti-Furga, Ph.D.

CEO and Scientific Director, CeMM

Giulio Superti-Furga, CEO and Scientific Director of CeMM, the Center for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and Professor of Medical Systems Biology at the Medical University of Vienna. He was trained as a molecular biologist at the University of Zurich, at Genentech, the IMP Vienna and the EMBL in Heidelberg. He co-founded five biotech companies, obtained four ERC grants, has published more than 200 papers and is a member of five scientific academies. CeMM, that he directs since 2005, is located in the middle of the large general hospital campus in Vienna, where, together with some 180 scientists and medical doctors he is trying to bring the genomic and systems-views close to the clinical world to improve medical practice. For CeMM, he promoted a unique mode of super-cooperation, connecting biology with medicine, experiments with computation, discovery with translation, and science with society and the arts. Recent interests include ways to create functional precision medicine approaches and the role of the human transportome in pathophysiology and drug discovery.


Johannes Grillari, Ph.D.

Biotechnology of Ageing and Regeneration

Johannes Grillari’s research focus is on improving our understanding of the molecular and physiological changes that occur during cellular ageing and the role of stress on health and ageing. In addition, he is interested in engineering of mammalian cells to establish relevant and standardisable cell model systems and cell factories. Grillari has graduated in Biotechnology at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU) in Austria, where he also accomplished his Ph.D. in the field of cell ageing in 1999. Since then he has founded and is leading the Christian Doppler Laboratory on Biotechnology of Skin Ageing at the Department of Biotechnology at BOKU. He has worked as visiting scientist in the lab of Angus Lamond in Dundee, Scotland, for half a year in the field of RNA biology. He has published more than 80 peer reviewed articles, holds 9 patents and has been invited speaker to more than 80 international conferences, and has received several awards including the Walter-Doberauer award for ageing research.

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