Team

Evelin Aasna Student Assistant

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Evelin is working as a student assistant for the FONDA project and studying at the Freie Universität Berlin to obtain her M.Sc. in Bioinformatics.

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Jörg Winkler Research Assistant & PhD Student

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As a PhD candidate at Freie Universität Berlin and member of the graduate school IMPRS-BAC at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics I work on algorithms for the analysis of long non-coding RNA. I hold a Master of Science degree in Bioinformatics from University of Hamburg.

I have developed the two applications LaRA for rapid structural RNA alignment and MaRs for RNA motif search. Furthermore, I contribute to the C++ SeqAn library with focus on multiple sequence alignment and structure analysis, and I participate in the design and implementation of SeqAn’s application template.

Generally, I am interested in nature and sustainability. When I am not at work, you can find me climbing, hiking or kayaking.

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Knut Reinert Head of the group

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Head of the group. My research is influenced by the training I received as an algorithmicist at the Max-Planck-Institute for Computer Science in Saarbrücken, Germany and by my subsequent research as a senior scientist at Celera Genomics in Rockville, MD, USA. I aim to enable translational research in computationally based life sciences by removing existing (communication) gaps between theoretical algorithmicists, statisticians, programmers, and users in the biomedical field.I obtained my Diploma in Computer Science from Saarbrücken University and my PhD from the Max-Planck-Institute for Computer Science in Saarbrücken.

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Lydia Buntrock Research Assistant & PhD Student

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I am working on algorithms to find and classify structural variations of DNA. Funded by the BMBF, I am persuing my PhD at Freie Universität Berlin. I hold two Bachelor of Science degrees in Mathematics and Informatics and a Master of Science degree in Bioinformatics from Freie Universität Berlin.

I am developing a new application for the detection of structural variations. Furthermore, I contribute to the C++ SeqAn library and I participate in the design and implementation of SeqAn’s application template.

Generally, I am curious about mathematics and its connection to nature.

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Mitra Darvish Research Assistant & PhD Student

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Mitra Darvish is a PhD student at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Genetics and works on finding cancer motifs in large NGS data sets using probabilistic data structures and compression strategies. She obtained her Bachelor of Science and her Master of Science in Bioinformatics from the Freie Universität Berlin, but she also spent parts of her studies at the University of Helsinki and at the University of Oxford. Outside of work,she enjoys reading and tries to find the best ice cream parlour in Berlin.

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René Rahn Senior Developer & PhD Student

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René Rahn works on data parallel data structures in SeqAn. He holds an MSc and BSc degree from the Freie Universität Berlin and works for the CIBI project as one of the senior maintainers of SeqAn.

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Simon Sasse Student Assistant

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Simon works as a student assistant at SeqAn. He achieved his bachelor in bioinformatics at the FU Berlin and continues his studies in the masters of computer science.

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Kathrin Trappe

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Kathrin Trappe acquired her PhD in Bernhard Renard’s lab at the Robert Koch Institute.

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Enrico Siragusa

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Enrico finished his PhD in 2015 with work in SeqAn and now works at IBM Research in New York City.

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Hannes Hauswedell

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Hannes Hauswedell obtained B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Bioinformatics from Freie Universität Berlin, but he also spent some time studying in Uppsala, Sweden and in Shanghai, China. He obtained his Ph.D. between the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics and Freie Universität Berlin where he also used to teach. Outside of work he enjoys mountains and the sea.

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Jongkyu Kim
Manuel Holtgrewe

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