Jörg Menche

Principal Investigator

Jörg Menche began his training as a theoretical physicist and received his PhD from the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam (Germany).  He then moved into the field of Network Biology as a postdoctoral fellow in the group of Albert-László Barabási (Northeastern University, Boston, USA). Here he collaborated closely with Joseph Loscalzo (Harvard Medical School) and Marc Vidal (Center for Cancer Systems Biology at Dana Farber Cancer Institute) to layout the theoretical framework for interactome approaches to studying human disease. In 2015, he moved to Vienna to start his own research group at the CeMM Research Center for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Since then, he has assembled a truly interdisciplinary group composed of members with backgrounds ranging from biology and bioinformatics, to physics, mathematics, and art. In 2020, he moved to the University of Vienna, where he now holds a full professorship at the Max Perutz Labs and the Faculty of Mathematics.


Curriculum Vitae


Education & Academic Positions

Since 2020 | Full professor at the University of Vienna, Center for Molecular Biology (Max Perutz Labs) and Faculty of Mathematics, Vienna, Austria

Since 2020 | Adjunct Principal Investigator at CeMM Research Center for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, Austria

Since 2017 | Associate faculty member of the Complexity Science Hub Vienna, Austria

2015 - 2020| Principal Investigator at CeMM Research Center for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, Austria

2013 – 2015 | Postdoctoral fellow with Albert-László Barabási at the Central European University, Budapest, Hungary.

2010 – 2012 | Affiliated member of the Center for Cancer Systems Biology, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA.

2010 – 2012 | Postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Albert-László Barabási at the Center for Complex Network Research, Northeastern University, Boston, USA.

02 | 16 | 2010 | PhD in theoretical physics at the Max-Planck-Institute of Colloids and Interfaces (MPIKG) and the University of Potsdam, Germany (grade “Summa Cum Laude”).

2006 – 2010 | Doctoral research at the MPIKG supervised by Reinhard Lipowsky. Title of the PhD thesis: “Activity Patterns on Networks”.

2005 | Diploma (Diplom) in physics at the University of Leipzig, Germany.

2004 – 2005 | Diploma thesis in statistical physics under supervision of Lutz Schimansky-Geier at the Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany. Title: “Brownian particles with inner degrees of freedom”.

2002 – 2003 | Undergraduate studies in Brazil at the University of Recife (UFPE) with a scholarship of the DAAD (German academic exchange service). Research under supervision of J.R.L. de Almeida. Topic: “Minority games with multiple choices”.

2000 | Pre-diploma (Vordiplom) in physics at the University of Leipzig, Germany.

1999 – 2005 | Studies of physics in Leipzig (Germany), Recife (Brazil) and Berlin (Germany).

1998 | A-levels (Abitur) in Kitzingen, Germany.


Academic Spin-Offs

2013 |Co-founder of Scipher Medicine (2013), a company providing network-medicine tools to predict personalized drug response:

2011 |Co-founder of ElectricAntLab (2011), a company developing high-performance-computing applications for complex fluids simulations: www.electricant.com


Grants, Fellowships, Awards

2019 | Winner of the Falling Walls Lab Austria competition [ORF, Standard]

2019 | Proof-of-concept grant by the Vienna Science and Technology WWTF

2019 | EU H2020 Innovative Training Network DoHART [project page

2017 | Life Science grant by the Vienna Science and Technology WWTF [project page]

2016 | Vienna Research Group career development grant by the Vienna Science and Technology WWTF (1.6 Mio €) [project page]

2010 | Best PhD thesis of the year 2010, awarded by the Association of Friends of Colloids and Interface Research (FKGF).

2010 | PhD thesis awarded the highest grade “Summa Cum Laude”.

2002 | Full personal scholarship awarded by the DAAD (German academic exchange service) for one year undergraduate studies in Brazil.