Who am I?
I'm a bioinformatician and postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Quaid Morris at the University of Toronto.
I'm associated with the Vector Institute for artificial intelligence and am funded by a Mitacs Elevate fellowship.
What am I doing?
I'm working in the field of cancer heterogeneity where I develop methods that build subclonal reconstructions of cancer samples, taking ambiguous solutions into account.
The second part of my postdoc is focused on translational research. Our goal is to bring a genetic test, which was developed with the help of artificial intelligence, into the clinic. This project is co-supervised by Alison Paprica from the Vector Institute.
What did I do?
I received my PhD in March 2019 from Bielefeld University. I already worked on cancer heterogeneity in the Genome Informatics lab of Jens Stoye under joint supervision of Gunnar Rätsch from ETH Zurich and Quaid Morris from University of Toronto. We developed a probabilistic method to build subclonal reconstructions of cancer samples which is implemented in the program Onctopus. I performed part of the research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York and at ETH Zurich.
Prior to doing my PhD, I did my Master and Bachelor in Bioinformatics and Genome Research at Bielefeld University. I have a strong background in sequence analysis and algorithm design.
What I am also interested in?
I'm interested in personalized medicine and the role of bioinformatics and artificial intelligence therein. I like teaching, giving talks and discussing my ideas with other people. I also enjoy organizing and managing events or tasks, such as workshops, the crafting of a Ph.D. hat or student parties back in the days. In my free time, I like to be creative while working with photos, cooking, sewing or being engaged in youth work.