I am now working at the University of Augsburg

After 13 years at the Leibniz Institute DSMZ I have moved to the University of Augsburg (Bavaria, Germany). I am working at the Chair of Biomedical Informatics, Data Mining and Data Analytics, led by Prof. Matthias Schlesner, and will be the Head of the newly established Bioinformatics Core Facility. The scientific focus at the Chair of Biomedical Informatics, Data Mining and Data Analytics is the development and application of complex bioinformatics methods in interdisciplinary research projects. Thematically, the projects range from basic research to translational biomedical research. In cooperation with the Medical Faculty of the University of Augsburg and the […]

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I have been awarded the title “Highly Cited Researcher 2021”

  The list of Highly Cited Researchers 2021 from Clarivate TM identifies scientists and social scientists who have demonstrated significant and broad influence, reflected in the publication of multiple papers frequently cited by their peers during the last decade. 6,602 researchers are named Highly Cited Researchers in 2021 – 3,774 in specific fields and 2,828 for cross-field performance. This is the fourth year that we have identified researchers with cross-field impact. The number of researchers selected in each field is based on the square root of the population of authors listed on the field’s highly cited papers. The number of […]

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Our paper on the TYGS and LPSN databases was just published in Nucleic Acids Research

Our paper “TYGS and LPSN: a database tandem for fast and reliable genome-based classification and nomenclature of prokaryotes” was recently published in Nucleic Acids Research! The paper presents the current state and recent advancements of the TYGS and LPSN databases and provides insights on how these two databases are interconnected in a synergistic manner. Here is the abstract: Microbial systematics is heavily influenced by genome-based methods and challenged by an ever increasing number of taxon names and associated sequences in public data repositories. This poses a challenge for database systems, particularly since it is obviously advantageous if such data are […]

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Web of Science included me in their list “Highly Cited Researchers 2020”

I am humbled to be included in the Web of Science list of “Highly Cited Researchers 2020“. The list of Highly Cited Researchers 2020 from Clarivate / Web of Science identifies scientists and social scientists who have demonstrated significant and broad influence, reflected in the publication of multiple papers frequently cited by their peers during the last decade. 6,389 researchers are named Highly Cited Researchers in 2020 – 3,896 in specific fields and 2,493 for cross-field performance.

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Paper on our new Type (Strain) Genome Server published in Nature Communications

Many years of work have now finally concluded in the publication of our TYGS platform in Nature Communications. Executive summary TYGS, the Type (Strain) Genome Server, is a user-friendly high-throughput web server for genome-based prokaryote taxonomy. Microbial taxonomy needs genome-based analyses but these can be complex and require expert knowledge. TYGS fills this gap. TYGS is as reliable as the GGDC but offers way more features. Citation Meier-Kolthoff JP, Göker M. TYGS is an automated high-throughput platform for state-of-the-art genome-based taxonomy. Nat Commun. 2019;10: 2182. doi:10.1038/s41467-019-10210-3 Weblink https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-019-10210-3

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Redesigned website

Today I switched to a new layout, which is following rules of responsive web design. It allows for optimal viewing and interaction experience across a wide range of devices (including mobile phones).

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