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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 74091


Dr. José Campoy

José Campoy comes from the 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. His work is funded 

by the programme Marie Skłodowska-Curie 

Individual Fellowships.


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. 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.

PhD Student

Vidya Oruganti

Vidya is interested in the immediate effects of 

polyploidization on the genome specifically 

focusing on the analysis of neopolyploid 

mutation accumulation lines that have been 

unexpectedly generated from backcrossing 

Arabidopsis suecica with Arabidopsis thaliana

(Col-0), as well as on methods to study the 

mutations in these lines at different levels.


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.

Postdoc (to be)

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.

Master Student

Lisa Correa Baus

Lisa comes from Ecquador. She is doing her master in

„Molecular and Cellular Biology“ at the LMU. During her 

bioinformatic courses she gained a deeper insight into

NGS and brought her to Cologne to do her

master thesis.


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)


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)