Kirchmair Group | People

Group Leader


Johannes Kirchmair

Johannes Kirchmair is Associate Professor in Bioinformatics at the Department of Chemistry and the Computational Biology Unit (CBU) of the University of Bergen. He also is a group leader at the Center for Bioinformatics (ZBH) of the University of Hamburg. After earning his PhD from the University of Innsbruck (2007), Johannes started his career as an application scientist at Inte:Ligand GmbH (Vienna) and as a university assistant at his alma mater. In 2010 he joined BASF SE (Ludwigshafen) as a postdoctoral research fellow. Thereafter he worked as a research associate at the University of Cambridge (2010-2013) and ETH Zurich (2013-2014). From 2014 to 2018 Johannes held a junior professorship in applied bioinformatics at the University of Hamburg. Johannes has been a visiting professor or lecturer at the National Institute of Warangal (2016), the University of Cagliari (2017) and the University of Vienna (2018). His main research interests include the development and application of computational methods for the prediction of the biological activities, metabolic fate and toxicity of small molecules (including natural products) in the context of drug discovery.



Christoph Bauer

Christoph is a postdoctoral researcher with a background in computational chemistry (University of Bonn, PhD, 2018). He did a project in cheminformatics/machine learning at ETH Zürich (2017-2018) and is currently working on models to expand on the prediction of the metabolism of xenobiotics at CBU and the Department of Chemistry of the University of Bergen.

PhD students


Neann Mathai

Neann is a PhD student in Cheminformatics under the supervision of Assoc. Prof. Johannes Kirchmair. Neann has a MSc in Computer Science (focused on computational glycobiology and vaccine development) and a BSc in Computer Science and Chemistry, both from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She also spent an extended period of time in the United States where, amongst others, she worked on the statistical analysis of public health, epidemiological, and program management data and the development of health informatics tools for large multi-national organizations. Her research at the University of Bergen will focus on the development and validation of target predictions methods.


There are nine more PhD students of us
currently still located in our lab at the University of Hamburg.