Ass.Prof. Dr. Harald Janovjak


Institute of Science and Technology
Life Sciences
Am Campus 1
A-3400 Klosterneuburg

Researcher's Profile
Research interests:

  • Synthetic biology and synthetic physiology
  • Design of receptors and ion channels with new functionalities
  • Optogenetics to "remote control" cellular signals

Career highlights:

  • 2018: EMBL Australia Group Leader at the Australian Regeneratie Medicine Institute (ARMI) , Monash University
  • Since 2011 Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria); Tenure-Track Assistant Professor;
  • 2010-2011 Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich; Post-Doctoral Fellow, Advisor: Prof. Dr. Dirk Trauner
  • 2006-2010 University of California Berkeley (EMBO long-term fellow); Post-Doctoral Fellow, Advisor: Prof. Dr. Ehud Y. Isacoff

Selected Grants and Awards:

2011 HFSP Young Investigator Grant
2010 Ministry of Science and Education Düsseldorf Returning Fellow Grant
2007–2009 Long-term fellow of the European Molecular Biology Organization
2005 PhD with highest honors (summa cum laude)

Ongoing MolTag Research projects as Supervisor:

Stephanie KAINRATH: Light-regulated ligand traps for spatio-temporal inhibition of cell signalling
Catherine McKENZIE: Creating a synthetic synapse using non-mammalian proteins


Martin BERGER: Modification of ion-channel modulator structures by C-H activation
Yong CHEN: Synthesis and initial biological evaluation of analogues of ICA-105574 for the attenuation of voltage gated potassium channel hERG inactivation

Completed MolTag Research projects as Supervisor:
Eva GSCHAIDER-REICHHART: Red light controlled growth factor receptors in all optical drug screening, finished 11/2017