We are a fresh, small bioinformatics group at the FSU Jena.

We focus on the development of algorithms and tools for handling large sequencing data sets. We apply our computational methods to de novo genome and transcriptome assembly, the comprehensive analysis of RNA-Seq data, and the identification of pathogens such as viruses.

We strive to combine well-established and novel computational approaches to analyze and visualize large amounts of short- and long-read sequencing data.

We work closely with the RNA Bioinformatics/High-Throughput group of Manja Marz and we are a member of the European Virus Bioinformatics Center.

Research Interests

  • Bioinformatics
  • Transcriptomics & comparative genomics
  • de novo assembly & annotation
  • Microbes & viruses
  • Metagenomics & -transcriptomics
  • Oxford Nanopore Sequencing
  • Non-coding RNA & RNA secondary structure
  • Automation & visualization

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15. October 2019

Congratulations to Lisa for her Master's degree in molecular life sciences, which she finally received from the University of Jena. A well done pangenome comparison of different Chlamydia strains that will most likely result in a more biology-focused and a computational publication. Stay tuned.

03. October 2019

Our comprehensive annotation of short and long ncRNAs in 16 bat genome assemblies got published at NAR Genomics and Bioinformatics! Many thanks to Manja and the whole Jena RNA group for this great team effort! Final annotations and all results can be found in our online ressource.

30. September 2019

Martin has just moved to Cambridge UK to work for half a year in Rob Finn's research group at the European Bioinformatics Institute in Hinxton on metagenomic approaches involving Nanopore long reads. The small associated lab in Jena remains - thanks to Remote, office not required.

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