• Protein Data Bank

    Senior Scientist (2008 - Present)

    Leading the development of the PDB database both scientifically and technologically. Supporting a growing user base of currently about ~250,000 unique visitors per month. Member of management team and involved in grant applications for consortium.


  • Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

    Research Associate (2004 - 2008)

    Development of Distributed Annotation System for data integration of genomic and protein data. Mapping of SNP data onto 3D structure. Participation in large scale genome and protein annotation projects in national and international collaborations.


  • University of Salzburg

    Research Assistant 1999-2003

    Teaching various lectures and practical courses in bioinformatics and introduction to protein structure to undergraduate and graduate students.


Professional Activities

2011 - now
Journal PLoS Computational Biology Editor Software Section, building up a new section for the journal with the goal of publishing open source software of exceptional importance that has been shown to provide new biological insights.
2009 - now
BioJava - Project leader,leading the development of a project that has about 20 active developers
Referee for journals: Bioinformatics, Briefings in Bioinformatics, Nucleic Acid Research, PLoS comp. biol, PLoS ONE, Protein Science

Invited Speaker

  • ISMB 2012 - Long Beach, USA
  • PepTalk 2011 San Diego, USA
  • ISMB -3D SIG 2010 Boston, USA
  • BioCreative 2010 Bethesda, USA
  • BOSC 2009 Stockholm, Sweden
  • ECCB - DAS Tutorial 2008, Sardinia, Italy
  • DILS 2006 Cambridge, UK
  • ECCB 2005 Madrid, Spain
  • AHM 2005 Nottingham, UK


Ph.D. degree in group of Manfred Sippl
Center of Applied Molecular Engineering

University of Salzburg

Title: WILMA - a platform for the automated annotation of protein sequences [more]
Diploma Thesis in group of Manfred Sippl.
Center of Applied Molecular Engineering

University of Salzburg

Title: Deriving substitution matrices for amino acids and secondary structure [more]
studies in biology / genetics with special focus on bioinformatics