Research Group Leader

Prof. Korbinian Schneeberger

+49 (0) 89 2180 74755

Project Coordinator

Dr. Finni Häußler

         Finni grew up in the north of Germany. She

helps with the administrative organisation

for both groups. Furthermore,

Finni is responsible for the plant breeding and

reproduction. She will also help with

upcoming experiments.

+49 (0) 89 2180 71091


Dr. Manish Goel

Manish is from India and his primary research 

focus is to develop novel computational 

methods for comparing genome structures. 

He is also interested in studying meiotic 

recombination and making corresponding 

predictive models.

PhD Student

Dr. Xiao Dong

Xiao Dong comes from China. Her research interest is

to investigate and understand the spectrum and

mechanism of mutation in plant genome. Her work

focuses on the analysis of variance in mutation

accumulation lines of Arabidopsis thaliana (Col-0)

which have been infected by pathogens.


Dr. Hequan Sun

Hequan Sun comes from China. His research 

interests are mainly in developing 

computational methods by integrating next 

generation sequencing and genetics, as well 

as understanding the origin of mutations

(e.g., in meristematic layers) during genome 

evolution using computational techniques.


Dr. Samija Amar

Samija Amar comes from Serbia. 

She only started in this group and will work on different

projects. Her main focus will be on creating single cell

genome and RNA libraries. With this effort genomic

changes (recombination, mutation) will be linked with

phenotype of various species (potato, A. thaliana,

Brassicaceae species, etc.).


Dr. Craig Dent

Craig comes from a small town in south-east Australia.

He has a background in both genetics and computer

science. He is interested in genetic variation, and

focuses on the development and application of

computational tools for genetic research.


Birgit Walkemeier

Birgit comes from Germany. She works part-time

for the group in Cologne.  With her strong knowledge in

different molecular methods she is a strong and

essential support for the group.


Dr. Sergio Tusso

Sergio comes from Colombia. He is interested in

speciation genomics in diverse study systems, and in

general ecological and molecular factors resulting in

population divergence. His work focuses on

comparative genomics, experimental evolution, and

inference of molecular recombination from single

cell sequencing.


Dr. Raúl Wijfjes

Raúl’s main research interest lies in developing

strategies to link genomic and phenotypic variation

between different species of the Brassicaceae family.

While his first name suggests him to be of Spanish

origin, he actually hails from the Netherlands.


Lisa Correa Baus

Lisa comes from Ecquador. She is doing her

PhD. Duringher bioinformatic courses she gained a

deeper insightinto NGS and brought her to Cologne to

do her master thesis. Now she is back in Munich.

Postdoc (Guest scientist)

Dr. José Campoy

José comes from south of Spain. His main focus is to

decipher the basis of bud dormancy in temperate-fruit

trees tinkering with spontaneous-mutants, 

single-cell sequencing, meristematic layers and

computational genetics.


Mathieu Piednoel (Customer Agent Service, Cologne, Germany)

Geo Velikakkam James (Group Leader, Rijk Zwaan, plant breeder, The Netherlands)

Maria Cartolano (Postdoc, Univ of Cologne, Germany)

Vimal Rawat (Data Scientist, BASF, Germany)

Vipul Patel (Data Scientist, Göttingen, Germany)

Xue Dong (Postdoc, Kunming Univ, China)

Benjamin Hartwig (Founder of Neuroblitz, Germany)

Eva-Maria Willing (Bioinformatician, HpH Institut für Hämatopathologie, Hamburg, Germany)

Jonas Klasen (Data Scientist, Moia, Hamburg, Germany)

Karl Nordström (Senior Bioinformatics Scientist, Univ. des Saarlandes, Germany)

Maria Cartolano (Postdoc, Uniklinik Köln, Germany)

Rafa Campos (Bioinformatics Scientist, Uniklinik Köln, Germany)

Wen-Biao (Postdoc, China)

Kristin Krause (Inside Sales Account Manager, Illumina, Köln/Bonn, Germany)

Vidya Oruganti (BASF, Gent, Belgien)


Erik Wijnker (Postdoc, Wageningen University, The Netherlands)

Luis Zapata (Postdoc, The Institut of Cancer Research, London, UK)

Andreas Madlung (Professor at University of Puget Sound, Seattle, US)