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Assoc. Professor of Bioinformatics & Assoc. Bioinformaticist
Academic Coordinator in Bioinformatics - Analysis of genomes, mRNA profiling data, protein families and small molecule libraries for chemical genomics screens
Doctoral fellowship, German Research Association, DFG (1996-1998)
Ph.D. thesis with Honors - University Hamburg (1998)
Postdoctoral fellowship, Max Kade Foundation (1998-1999).
Best Plant Physiology paper of the year award in 2001 for publication "G
Due to the collaborative nature of our work, we focus our projects preferentially towards the bioinformatics needs in other groups. In addition to group-specific projects, we are interested in developing data mining tools and databases, which are of general interest to most researchers in the center and represent a discovery resource for future projects. These general applications are tools to mine various functional aspects of partially or entirely sequenced plant genomes as those from Arabidopsis, rice and others. Here we envision user-friendly applications to model/reconstruct metabolic and signaling pathways, to identify common promoter elements of co-regulated genes based on RNA profiling data, to discover signals for RNA or protein stability, to predict subcellular localizations of proteins and to integrate databases from different research disciplines.
9.Heilmann I., M. Pidkowich, T. Girke & J. Shanklin. 2004 Switching desaturase enzyme specificity by alternate subcellular targeting. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 101: 10266-10271.