Institute for Computational Cancer Biology | Groups


Who we are

We are a hetereogeneous and dynamic team of scientists with a variety of different backgrounds in computer science, biology, physics, biotechnology, mathematics, medicine and more. We all share a common passion for computational biology and the analysis of complex data. Sounds like you?

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Group Leader

Prof. Dr. Roland F. Schwarz

Computer scientist by training. Lover of formal grammars, Markov models and phylogenetic trees.

Quote: "What if it's a Markov chain?"

Postdoc / Scientific Programmer

Dr. Adam Streck

Computer scientist by training. Modelling the world through cellular automata and stochastic processes. Gamer at heart, living the VR hype. Author of SMITH. Master of Technology.

Quote: "First, we remove all the R dependencies..."

Clinician Scientist

Dr. Daniel Schütte

Medical doctor and computer scientist. Improving patient care through early detection and better stratification.

Students and Visitors

PhD Student

Maja-Celine Stöber

Biomathematician. Fond of single-cell data analysis and extrachromosomal DNA. Master of Journal Club.

Quote: "No, Roland, you cannot skip Journal Club."

PhD Student

Tom L. Kaufmann

Physicist by training. Fan of deep learning and mutational processes shaping copy number. Developer of MEDICC2 and refphase. Master of Lab Meeting.

Quotes: "Oups.", "This is funny..."

PhD Student

Victoria M. Dombrowe

Knower of Molecular Medicine. Now mapping the epigenome and its evolution. Master of Events.


MD Student

Felix Schifferdecker

Medical student and computer scientist. Simulating cancer evolution and structural alterations.


Visiting Scientist

Dr. Tom Watkins

Physician by training. Chromosomal instability and somatic copy-number alterations.

From the Swanton lab, Francis Crick Institute.

Lab mascot


Fierce winged unicorn. Destroyer of bugs. Defender of students. Do not mess with Quark.

Quote: "No, I'm not a pegacorn."


Former PhD Student

Maria Stella de Biase

Biotechnologist by training. Early detection and risk stratification of cancer. Heroine of gene regulation.

Soon postdoc at UC San Diego.


Former PhD Student

Marina Petkovic

Physicist by training. Algorithms for copy-number evolution. Developer of MEDICC2.

Now postdoc at Charite Berlin.

Quote: "So..."

Former PhD Student

Julia Markowski

Biologist and Bioinformatician. Lover of chromatin structure and graph-theoretical algorithms. Author of GAMIBHEAR.

Soon postdoc at Harvard Medical School.

Quote: "Well, that's complicated..."

Former PhD Student

Martin Burkert

Bioinformatician. Copy-number dosage effects in Neuroblastoma. Shared with AG Ohler, MDC-BIMSB, Berlin.

Now postdoc at NCMM, University of Oslo, Norway.

Quote: "I know, I know this analysis is unconventional, but..."

Former Postdoc

Dr. Florian Massip

Mathematician. Statistical genetics for germline gene regulation and cancer risk.

Now Principal Investigator at Institute Curie, Paris, France.


Former Postdoc

Dr. Matthew Huska

Computer Scientist. Copy-number phasing and detection. Developer of refphase.

Now postdoc at Robert-Koch-Institut, Berlin, Germany.