Mission and Aims

Mission and Aims

Molecules of Life is jointly supported by the University of Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna.


The mission of the Vienna Doctoral School “Molecules of Life” is to promote interdisciplinary research and help excellent PhD students to develop into tomorrow's leading scientists.

Molecular Life Sciences are undergoing major dynamic changes. Fast technological development, the generation of large amounts of data, and the need to analyze them as well as look at them from the perspective of different disciplines bring us daily further away from single-discipline science. To realize the tremendous opportunities for discovery offered by these recent developments and translate them into answers complex scientific questions, scientists in the field of molecular life sciences must integrate knowledge and expertise from a variety of disciplines. This can only be accomplished by fostering cooperation and interaction among students from different backgrounds and disciplines in an open and creative environment. “Molecules of Life” provides such a platform for ambitious, motivated students aspiring to a career in Molecular Life Sciences and prepares excellent students to tackle the interdisciplinary challenges that lie ahead in Molecular Life Sciences.



The scientists of  „Molecules of Life“ have the common aim of unraveling basic concepts of life at the molecular level.

We want to:

  • Understand molecules down to the atomic level
  • Understand how molecules interact to generate complex biological responses
  • Understand the complexity of biological responses of entire cells and organisms
  • Understand how deregulation of biological processes leads to diseases
  • Understand the evolution of organisms and the ecology of microbial communities at the molecular level
  • Analyze and interpret the large datasets produced by state-of-the-art technologies in all subject areas in Molecular Life Sciences

For more information please visit www.vds-molecules-of-life.org