Short bio

Jan holds a diploma in computer science and bioinformatics (specialization in molecular biology) with versatile experience gained during his professional occupation in the life science industry (2007 – 2010), the time of his doctoral thesis (2010 – 2013, Dr. rer. nat.) and the ongoing work in science as a research scientist (since 2013). His research at the forefront of bioinformatics allowed him to develop novel methods for challenges and questions in a variety of fields such as in phylogenomics and genome-based taxonomy of prokaryotes, viruses and fungi.

He scientifically designs, develops and establishes state-of-the-art bioinformatic methods, databases and high-throughput systems to enable fellow researchers finding answers to scientific questions which were previously not addressable or only hardly so. The popular Genome-to-Genome Distance Calculator (GGDC), the Type Strain Genome Server (TYGS) or the Virus Classification and Tree Building Online Resource (VICTOR) are a few highly-cited examples of his work. The positive reception of Jan’s work within the scientific community resulted in his inclusion in the lists of “Highly Cited Researchers 2020 and 2021” as awarded by the Web of Science™ supported by more than 12,000 citations since the beginning of his academic career.

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