Current Members

Eileen Furlong
  Eileen Furlong Principal Investigator, Senior Scientist/faculty, Head of the Genome Biology Department/Unit EMBL Heidelberg
  • Elected Academia Europaea Member 2016
  • Elected EMBO Member since 2013
  • ERC Advanced Investigator since 2013
  • Head of Genome Biology Unit (EMBL) since 2009
  • Senior Scientist (EMBL) since 2009
  • Group leader at EMBL since September 2002
  • Post-doctoral research at Stanford University (1997-2002)
  • Ph.D., University College Dublin (1996)
Katharina Bender
  Katharina Bender Research Technician, Ph.D.
Gabriel Rodrigues Cavalheiro
  Gabriel Rodrigues Cavalheiro Ph.D. Student
Alessandro Dulja
  Alessandro Dulja Ph.D. Student
Mattia Forneris
  Mattia Forneris Computer Scientist / Bioinformatician
Charles Girardot
  Charles Girardot Senior Bioinformatician & Head of Genome Biology Computational Support
Charles is also the head of the Genome Biology Computational Support at EMBL. Check out their website:
Baekgyu Kim
  Baekgyu Kim Post-Doctoral Fellow
Raquel Marco-Ferreres
  Raquel Marco-Ferreres Research Technician, Ph.D.
Raquel Marco-Ferreres
  Matteo Perino Post-Doctoral Fellow
Blanca Pijuan-Sala
  Blanca Pijuan-Sala Post-Doctoral Fellow
Tim Pollex
  Tim Pollex Research Staff Scientist
Adam Rabinowitz
  Adam Rabinowitz Computer Scientist / Bioinformatician
Rebecca Rodriguez Viales
  Rebecca Rodriguez Viales Scientific Assistant, Ph.D.
Stefano Secchia
  Stefano Secchia Ph.D. Student
Olga Sigalova
  Olga Sigalova Ph.D. Student
Marijn Van Jaarsveld
  Marijn Van Jaarsveld Project Officer
Martina Varisco
  Martina Varisco Ph.D. Student
Elena Vizcaya Molina
  Elena Vizcaya Molina Post-Doctoral Fellow
Minglu Wang
  Minglu Wang Ph.D. Student

Collaborators & Associated Colleagues

Emilia Esposito
  Emilia Esposito Post-doctoral Fellow (EIPOD)
Swann Floc'hlay
  Swann Floc’hlay Ph.D. Student Denis Thieffry’s lab Institut de Biologie de l’Ecole Normale Supérieure (IBENS) Paris, France
Swann is interested in the impact of natural genetic variations on transcriptional regulation during embryogenesis in Drosophila.
Mindy Liu Perkins
  Mindy Liu Perkins Post-doctoral Fellow (EIPOD)

Alumniand their current positions

Former Post-doctoral Fellows
Ioannis Amarantos
  Ioannis Amarantos Quality & Project Management (Feb. 2016) Hummingbird Diagnostics GmbH Heidelberg, Germany
Nezha Benabdallah
  Nezha Benabdallah Post-doctoral fellow (Sep. 2017) University of Heidelberg Heidelberg, Germany
Stefan Bonn
  Stefan Bonn Professor and director of the Institute of Medical Systems Biology (Jul. 2017) Center for Molecular Neurobiology Hamburg, Germany
The prime focus of the Institute of Medical Systems Biology, located in the Center for Molecular Neurobiology in Hamburg (ZMNH), is to understand human pathology, especially in the central nervous system. To this end, ‘big’ biomedical data are integrated and curated using automated systems and disease-relevant information is extracted using statistical and machine learning approaches. The gained insights are then used to understand, predict, and potentially cure human malady.
Jacob Degner
  Jacob Degner Senior Scientist (Jul. 2015) AbbVie Chicago, United-States
Jacob is a Senior Scientist at the global pharmaceutical company AbbVie, working within the Pharmacogenetics and Pharmacogenomics division.
Maria-Cristina Gambetta
  Maria-Cristina Gambetta Assistant Professor (Jan. 2018) Center for Integrative Genomics University of Lausanne
Maria is using a multidisciplinary approach to study the biological roles of fly insulator-binding proteins and their molecular mechanisms of action.
David Garfield
  David Garfield Group Leader (Oct. 2016) Integrative Research Institute (IRI) Life Sciences Humboldt-Universität Berlin, Germany
David is an evolutionary biologist. He now has his own lab in Berlin. Check out his research
Yad Ghavi-Helm
  Yad Ghavi-Helm Group Leader (June 2017) Functionnal Genomics Intitute of Lyon (IGFL), CNRS UMR 5242 ENS of Lyon Lyon, France
Yad’s group uses Drosophila embryogenesis as a model system to provide a unique view of the functionality of enhancer-promoter interactions in a developing embryo. She applies an interdisciplinary approach that combines genetics, genomics, and computational biology.
Alek Jankowski
  Aleksander Jankowski Assistant Professor (Mar. 2020) University of Warsaw Warsaw, Poland
Guillaume Junion
  Guillaume Junion Chargé de Recherche (Nov. 2012) Development & Reproduction Genetics (GReD), INSERM U1103, CNRS UMR6293 University of Clermont-Ferrand Clermont-Ferrand, France
Guillaume now works on the diversification of muscle and heart cells in development and in pathological conditions. He studies the process of cell diversification via transcriptional and post-transcriptional regulation, with the help of targeted transcriptomic approaches and specific gene disruption. The goal is to identify molecular mechanisms giving rise to particular muscle or cardiac cells types.
Yacine Kherdjemil
  Yacine Kherdjemil Research Associate (Jan. 2020) Kmita Laboratory Montreal Clinical Research Laboratory
Pierre Khoueiry
  Pierre Khoueiry Group Leader/Assistant Professor (Jan. 2016) American University of Beirut Beirut, Lebanon
Pierre and his group’s main focus is to understand principles of transcriptional regulation in development and cancer. They combine computational and experimental approaches to contrast information between healthy and disease states in order to understand mechanisms impacting gene regulation and expression in diseases.
Ya-Hsin Liu
  Ya-Hsin Liu Assistant Professor Department of Life Sciences, National Cheng Kung University Tainan City 701, Taiwan
Imtiaz Nisar Lone
  Imtiaz Nisar Lone
James Reddington
  James Reddington Scientist/Investigator (Sep. 2019) Cellzome Heidelberg
Timothy Saunders
  Timothy Saunders Group leader/Assistant Professor (Sep. 2013) Department of Biological Sciences, Mechanobiology Institute (MBI) National University of Singapore
The Saunders lab is increasing the understanding of temporal and spatial regulation of patterning and growth during development. They are currently (2016) focusing on:
    1. How embryos regulate time during development
    2. How the embryo ensures robust cell migration
    3. How topologically complex organs form and scale in the embryo
Ignacio Schor
  Ignacio Schor Group Leader (Aug. 2017) IFIBYNE Institute of Physiology (CONICET-UBA), Molecular Biology and Neuroscience Buenos-Aires, Argentina
Ignacio is interested in the regulation of gene expression from an integrative point of view. In particular, how transcriptional and post-transcriptional mechanisms interact with each other to define expression patterns, and how this process is affected by contextual elements such as chromatin structure and non-coding RNA expression.
Mikhail Spivakov
  Mikhail Spivakov Group leader (Nov. 2012) The Babraham Institute Cambridge, United-Kingdom
Mikhail and his group study the logic and robustness of gene regulation in mammalian development, ageing and disease.
Bartek Wilczynski
  Bartek Wilczyński Group Leader/Assistant Professor (Feb. 2011) Institute of Informatics, Warsaw University Warsaw, Poland
Bartek is interested in computational biology approaches to decipher gene expression regulation mechanisms. His lab focuses mainly on the role of chromatin state in transcription regulation (building probabilistic models relating transcription factor binding, histone modifications and chromatin interactions with the transcriptional events occuring in developing organisms) and on modeling gene regulatory networks (computational approaches to network reconstruction).
Robert Zinzen
  Robert Zinzen Group Leader (Apr. 2013) Max Delbrück Center (MDC) Berlin, Germany
Robert’s lab also uses the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster as a model to understand how cells become different – how do their gene expression programs change over the course of development, and how does this guide and allow for cellular specification and differentiation, focusing on nervous system development.
Former Staff & Technicians
Martina Braun
  Martina Braun BASF Ludwigshafen Ludwigshafen, Germany
Lucia Ciglar
  Lucia Ciglar
Nicolas Delhomme
  Nicolas Delhomme Researcher/BioIT Platform manager Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC), Umeå University Umeå, Sweden
Nicolas is bioinformatician and biostatistician with a strong expertise in high-throughput sequencing technologies. He now works as a researcher at SLU and is the manager of the UPSC bioinformatics platform. The BioIT platform services consist in genome assembly and gene expression profiling in different plant model organisms. Its research focus is on understanding gene regulatory mechanisms and their networks, namely using transcriptomics approaches (integrated with metabolomics and proteomics). Learn more here…
Julien Gagneur
  Julien Gagneur Group leader/Associate professor (2012) Technical University of Munich (TUM), Munich, Germany
Julien and his lab aim at better understanding the genetic basis of gene regulation and its implication in diseases. They employ statistical modeling of ‘omic data and work in close collaboration with experimentalists.
Hilary Gustafson
  E. Hilary Gustafson Research Associate Juergen Knoblich Lab, Organoid Translational Unit, Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP), Vienna, Austria
Matthias Monfort
  Matthias Monfort Research Engineer Bio IT Platform Institut Curie Paris, France