Prof. Dr. Thomas Lengauer

Since it was decided in 1988 to map and sequence the human genome, a paradigm shift has occurred in biology: Computational biologists such as Prof. Thomas Lengauer are decoding the building blocks of life with mathematical-statistical methods.

In examining molecular biological causes of various illnesses using computational biology, he provides physicians with important software tools for diagnosis and therapy. He regards his work mainly as serving medical science: "My research is successful when it helps both doctors and patients."

Studying computational biology in Saarbrücken

Saarland University offers a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) course in computational biology. After the bachelor‘s course, students can continue with the Master of Science (M. Sc.) course. The curriculum for the bachelor‘s degree in bioinformatics (BI) includes use of bioinformatics tools and programs for applications in the life sciences. The bachelor‘s course in computational molecular biology (CMB) focuses more closely on the development of computational methods. Course duration is 6 semesters.

The master‘s program is based on the bachelor‘s degree and deepens the knowledge acquired during the bachelor‘s course. Additionally, independent research is done within a master‘s thesis project. This degree is intended for students aiming for a career in science. Course duration is 4 semesters.

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Prof. Dr. Thomas Lengauer

Prof. Dr. Thomas Lengauer

Max-Planck-Institut für Informatik Computational Biology and Applied Algorithmics

Campus E1 4, Raum 501
66123 Saarbrücken

Fon: +49 681 932 53000



Max Planck Institute for Informatics, Saarbrücken Computer Science Department, Saarland University Saarland University Center for Bioinformatics