Email: sebastian(DOT)burgstaller-muehlbacher(AT)
Phone: ++43 +1 / 4277 - 74324

Postal Address:
Center for Integrative Bioinformatics Vienna (CIBIV)
Max Perutz Labs
Campus Vienna Biocenter 5 (VBC5)
A-1030 Wien, Austria

Research interests

  • Deep Neuronal Networks/Machine Learning
  • Phylogenomics
  • Knowledge Graphs


  • Jan 2018 - present: Postdoc @ CIBIV
  • Mar 2015 - Jan 2018: Postdoctoral Research Associate, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA
  • Feb 2011 - Feb 2015: PhD Student

Talks and Posters


  • Biohackathon 2018, Matsue, Japan, 8th-15th Dec 2018
    Talk: “A single cell gene expression ontology (scOnto)”


  • Extracelluar RNA Communications Consortium meeting 9 (ERCC9), NIH, Bethesda, MD, Nov 2017.
    Poster: Integration of normal in vivo biofluid exRNA expression data with Wikidata and the semantic web.
  • Biohackathon symposium, 2017, JST Science Plaza, Tokyo, Sep 2017.
    Talk: “Citation Graph Visualization, or how to tackle the publication avalanche (with Wikidata).”
  • Extracelluar RNA Communications Consortium meeting 8 (ERCC8), NIH, Bethesda, MD, April 2017.
    Talk: exRNA Atlas data integration using BioGPS.
  • 10th International Biocuration Conference, Stanford University, CA, March 2017.
    Talk: A fully open and expandable drug repurposing portal.


  • Extracelluar RNA Communications Consortium meeting 7 (ERCC7), NIH, Bethesda, MD, Nov 2016.
    Talk: Semantic Web Enabled Integration of Wikidata and Wikipathways for Exploring Impact of exRNAs in Health and Disease.
  • Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) investigators meeting 2016, Geffen School of Medicine, UC Los Angeles, CA, July 2016.
    Talk: An open knowledge graph of genes, drugs and diseases in Wikidata.
  • Biohackathon 2016, Tsuruoka, Japan, Jun 2016.
    Talk: Gamification for establishing biomedical edges in Wikidata.
  • Extracelluar RNA Communications Consortium meeting 6 (ERCC6), NIH, Bethesda, Maryland, April 2016.
    Talk: Wikidata for Interpretation of miRNA RNA-seq data.
  • 9th International Biocuration Conference, Geneva, April 2016.
    Talk: Editing Wikidata. Wikidata and SPARQL workshop.

Software contributions



  • T. Drucks, A.F. Leuchtenberger, S. Burgstaller-Muehlbacher, S.M. Crotty, H.A. Schmidt, and A. von Haeseler (2019) Distinguishing Felsenstein zone from Farris zone using neural networks bioRxiv, 822288. (DOI: 10.1101/822288)
  • 2018

  • Janes J, Young ME, Chen E, Rogers NH, Burgstaller-Muehlbacher S, Hughes LD, Love MS, Hull MV, Kuhen KL, Woods AK, Joseph SB, Petrassi HM, McNamara CW, Tremblay MS, Su AI, Schultz PG, Chatterjee AK. (2018) The ReFRAME library as a comprehensive drug repurposing library and its application to the treatment of cryptosporidiosis. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2018 Oct 16;115(42):10750-10755. (DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1810137115, PMID: 30282735)
  • 2017

  • Putman TE, Lelong S, Burgstaller-Muehlbacher S, Waagmeester A, Diesh C, Dunn N, Munoz-Torres M, Stupp GS, Wu C, Su AI, Good BM. (2017) WikiGenomes: an open web application for community consumption and curation of gene annotation data in Wikidata. Database (Oxford). 2017 Jan 1; 2017(1). (DOI: 10.1093/database/bax025, PMID: 28365742)
  • 2016

  • Burgstaller-Muehlbacher S, Waagmeester A, Mitraka E, Turner J, Putman T, Leong J, Naik C, Pavlidis P, Schriml L, Good BM, Su AI. (2016) Wikidata as a semantic framework for the Gene Wiki initiative. Database (Oxford). 2016 Mar 17;2016. pii: baw015. (DOI: 10.1093/database/baw015, PMID: 26989148)
  • Putman TE, Burgstaller-Muehlbacher S, Waagmeester A, Wu C, Su AI, Good BM. (2016) Centralizing content and distributing labor: a community model for curating the very long tail of microbial genomes. Database (Oxford). 2016 Mar 28;2016. pii: baw028. (DOI: 10.1093/database/baw028, PMID: 27022157)