After studying Genetics and Microbiology at the University of Vienna, I did a PhD at the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology/Theoretical Biochemistry research group in Vienna.
Currently, I am working as a PostDoc researcher at the Bioinformatics Group, Institut of Computer Science, Leipzig University.
My main research interest lies in RNA design and synthetic biology. Thus, I created tools able to design context-sensitive riboswitches with advanced prescribed properties and functions, and used it to create multipe RNA devices.
We developed RNAblueprint, a C++ library implementing a graph coloring approach to uniformly sample sequences compatible to structural and sequence constraints from the typically huge solution space. Fair sampling from the solution space makes optimization runs much more performant and raises the probability to find better solutions. Scripting interfaces allow to easily adapt existing code to new scenarios which makes the whole design process very universal and flexible. A python module RNAsketch provides code for glueing together RNAblueprint and structure prediction packages and to provide precoded optimization methods.
As part of the Ribonets Project we built an ODE
system describing designed or natural riboswitches in the context of transcription and translation.
The system created by the Keasling lab was therefore minimized and adapted to model RNA devices such as translational and transcriptional ON or OFF switches.
To share these models we chose to use the Systems Biology Markup Language (SBML).
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Peter and I developed forna, a RNA secondary structure visualization tool using a force directed graph layout. This tool is capable of not only drawing nice layouts for huge structures, but also of projecting pseudoknots and secondary structures of PDB files including protein interactions.
For a better user experience, I started to maintain Debian and Ubuntu packages for our Vienna RNA Package.
Furthermore, there exists a Launchpad PPA for our Ubuntu-users.
The packages can be downloaded here, while the ppa is hosted at https://launchpad.net/~j-4/+archive/vienna-rna/.
If you are interested in some statistics about the ppa, check out the ppastats.
Graduated with honors on April 26th, 2018
Graduated with honors on June 5th, 2012