Meet the Team

The „Genome Plasticity and Computational Genetics“ group, under the supervision of  Korbinian Schneeberger, focuses on plant genomics and the development of computational and biotechnological methods for genome sequence analysis.

We are a multidisciplinary group comprises bioinformaticians, biologists, and biotechnologists.


Prof. Korbinian Schneeberger

Korbinian was born in the bavarian city Munich. He is the head of the team in Cologne and Munich.


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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 bachelors, masters, PhDs and Postdocs.

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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.



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 differentprojects. 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 an important 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 C. Baus

Lisa comes from Ecuador. She is doing her

PhD. During her bioinformatic courses she

gained a deeper insight into NGS and this

brought her to Cologne to do her master

thesis. Now she is back in Munich.

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, 


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)

Prof. Wen-Biao Jiao (Huazhong Agricultural University, China)

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

Vidya Oruganti (BASF, Gent, Belgien)

José Campoy (Postdoc, European University Of Technology, Cartagena, Spain)

Prof. Hequan Sun (Xián Jiaotong University, Shaanxi, China)


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)


Lisa Baus (Rotation student, Munich, Germany; Master student, Cologne, Germany, PhD student, Munich, Germany)

Bernhard Bein (Rotation student, Munich, Germany; PhD student, Frankfurt, Germany)

Xinyi Liu (Rotation student, Munich, Germany; Master student, Munich, Germany)

Dinesh Palli (Rotation student, Munich, Germany)

Shrey Parikh (Rotation student, Munich, Germany)

Leon Rauschning (Bachelor student, helper student, Munich, Germany)

Ana Kurdadze (Rotation student, Master student, Helper student, Munich, Germany)

Seyma Ötztürk (Rotation student, Munich, Germany)

Jerina Hoxha (Rotation student, Munich, Germany)

Priscilla Lau (Helper student, Munich, Germany)

Frederik Dröst (Master student, Munich, Germany)

Yuying Rong (Rotation student, Munich, Germany)