curriculum vitae



Name: Georg (Johannes) Kontaxis

Date and place of birth: 7. Oct. 1966, Villach, Austria

Citizenship: Austrian

Civil status: since 10. Feb. 2006 married to Christelle (Marie Gabrielle) Bourgeois,


School Education


Sept.1973 - July 1977 primary school (Volksschule) Finkenstein, Austria

Sept.1977 - June 1985 grammer school (Gymnasium) Villach, Austria

18. June 1985 graduation from grammer school (Matura)


University Education


winter semester 1985 - summer semester 1990

undergraduate studies in Chemistry at the University of Graz, Austria

Diploma thesis in the laboratory of Prof. Dr. Heinz Sterk:

Title: 'Zur Festlegung unterschiedlicher Relaxationskanäle in einem AX Spinsystem'

(Assesing Different Relaxation Channels in an AX Spin System)

17. May 1990 Master Degree (Sponsion)

winter semester 1990 - summer semester 1993

graduate studies in Chemistry at the University of Graz, Austria

Ph. D. work in the laboratory of Prof. Dr. Heinz Sterk

Title of thesis: 'Relaxation und Moleküldynamik' (Relaxation and Molecular Dynamics)

16. Nov. 1993 Graduation (Promotion)

Sept. 1992 - July 1993

Visiting scientist in the laboratory of Dr. James Keeler

Department of Chemistry University of Cambridge, UK

Title of the research project 'Adiabatic RF Pulses and Pulsed Field Gradients'


Oct.1993 - Juli 1994 Zivildienst (civil national service)



Professional Career


June 1990-June 1992: University assistant (part time) in the lab of Prof. Dr. Heinz Sterk,

Institute of Organic Chemistry, University of Graz, Austria

Oct. 1994 - July 1996 postdoctoral fellow, MR Imaging department, Medical University of Vienna, Austria

Aug. 1996 – Aug. 1998: postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Prof. Dr. Bernhard Kraeutler and Dr. Robert Konrat,

 Institute of Organic Chemistry, University Innsbruck, Austria

Oct 1998 – Feb 2002: Post-Doctoral Fellow with Dr. Ad Bax, Laboratory of Chemical Physics,

 National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, USA

since March 2002: University assistant, Department of Theoretical Chemistry and Structural Biology,

later Department of Biomolecular Structural Chemisty, University of Vienna

24. Oct. 2006, Habilitation (‘venia docendi) in Structural Biology

since 2007: Senior Scientist and manager of the Bimolecular NMR facilities at the Department of Structural and Computational Biology,

 Max F. Perutz Laboratories and University of Vienna



Research Interests


Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and its applications in Chemistry, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology,

Method Development in biomolecular NMR spectroscopy

Structural Biology, structure, dynamics and function of proteins and nucleic acids.