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Max Planck Institute of Molecular
Cell Biology and Genetics
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Pfotenhauerstr. 108
01307 Dresden

Ivo Sbalzarini

Group Leader

In 2012, Ivo Sbalzarini moved from ETH Zurich to Dresden to become a founding member of the Center for Systems Biology Dresden (CSBD). Since 2014, Ivo is also a Professor of Computer Science at TU Dresden, where he holds the Chair of Scientific Computing for Systems Biology at the Institute of Artificial Intelligence. Previously, Ivo has been Professor of Computational Science at ETH Zurich, group leader in Bioinformatics at MedILS, and invited professor of biology at ENS in Paris. Ivo’s research interests include data-driven modeling of living systems, spatio-temporal modeling of biological processes, and multi-scale simulations in space and time on parallel high-performance computer systems. Ivo founded the successful M.Sc. program Computational Modeling and Simulation at TU Dresden and is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Computer Science of TU Dresden.

Scientific Career

since Oct 2014

Professor of Computer Science, TU Dresden. Chair of Scientific Computing for Systems Biology, Center for Systems Biology Dresden (CSBD)

since Jun 2012

Senior Research Group Leader, MPI-CBG

Apr 2006 – Jun 2012

Assistant Professor of Computational Science, Department of Computer Science, ETH Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland

Jan 2007 – Jul 2008

Group Leader in Bioinformatics, Mediterranean Institute for Life Sciences, Split, Croatia

Mar 2007 – Jun 2007

Invited Professor of Biology, École Normale Supérieure, Paris, France

Feb 2005 – Jul 2005

Visiting Researcher, Graduate Aeronautical Laboratories (GALCIT), California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, USA

Apr 2002 – Jan 2006

Research assistant, Institute of Computational Science (with Prof. Petros Koumoutsakos), ETH Zürich, Switzerland

Jul 2002 – Oct 2002

Visiting Scientist, NASA Ames Research Center and Center for Turbulence Research, Stanford University, USA

Jul 2000 – Oct 2000

Visiting Scientist, NASA Ames Research Center and Center for Turbulence Research, Stanford University, USA


January 2006

Dotorate in Computer Science, Dr. sc. techn., (with honors: Chorafas Award), ETH Zürich, Switzerland (with Professors Petros Koumoutsakos and Ari Helenius)

2003 – 2006

Studies of Didactics and Education Science (Höheres Lehramt), ETH Zürich, Switzerland

June 2002

Diploma (equiv. M.Sc.) in Mechanical Engineering (Willi Studer Award), Majors in Computational Science and Control, ETH Zürich, Switzerland

January 1997

Matura Typus C (mathematics and natural sciences), Kantonsschule Wattwil, Switzerland (Helvetia-Patria Award and E. Weber Award)

Scientific Honors and Awards


GFF Teaching Award (Lehrpreis der GFF), TU Dresden


Honorary Membership (Ehrenmitgliedschaft), Technical Society of Zurich


IEEE Symposium on Biomedical Imaging, best paper award


EvoNUM, best paper award


Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, best paper award


Chorafas Award, Dimitris N. Chorafas Foundation, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel.


Willi Studer Award for best Diploma graduation (GPA: 5.98/6.00) in Mechanical Engineering at ETH Zürich


ETH Award for best 2nd pre-diploma results in Mechanical Engineering (rank 1 out of 158)


ETH Award for best 1st pre-diploma results in Mechanical Engineering (rank 1 out of 230)


Helvetia-Patria Award for best over-all results in 1997 Matura graduations


E. Weber Award for best results in mathematics and physics in 1997 Matura graduations