Dr. Marcel Schulz

Marcel Schulz has been head of the Independent Research Group for High-throughput Genomics and Systems Biology starting June 2013. 

Short CV

Marcel received a Bachelor in Bioinformatics from the Freie Universität Berlin. He did his Phd with the International Max Planck Research School for Computational Biology and Scientific Computing at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics in Berlin supervised by Martin Vingron. From September 2010 to May 2013 he was a Lane fellow at Lane Center for Computational Biology at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He was member of the Systems Biology group of Ziv Bar-Joseph. Since June 2013 he is leading the group for High-throughput Genomics and Systems Biology. 

His group develops computational systems biology models and algorithms that further the understanding of transcriptional and post-transcriptional gene regulation using different genomics data. A specific focus is on algorithms for fast text indexing to handle huge amounts of sequencing data and probabilistic graphical models to integrate heterogeneous biological data sets.

In ongoing projects with international biological and medical research groups his group investigates regulatory networks to predict new disease gene candidates and to elucidate novel functions of gene products and RNAs in different human diseases, for example breast and liver cancer and lung fibrosis. 


Research interests

  • Systems Biology
  • Transcriptional and Posttranscriptional Regulation
  • Next Generation Sequencing
  • Computational Clinical Diagnosis
  • Sequence Analysis
  • Probabilistic Graphical Models


  • 2016 – 2019 Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft “Sachbeihilfe” grant, Bonn, Germany
  • 2016 – 2018 Roche Research grant, Hoffmann-La Roche, Basel, Switzerland
  • 2015 Nomination as fellow of the 6th Exploratory Round Table Conference on Big Data in Shanghai between the Max Planck Society and Chinese Academy of Science
  • 2014 Invited participation at the 64th Lindau Nobel laureate meeting
  • 2012 SAGE Congress Young Investigators Award 2012
  • 2012 ISMB 2012 travel award
  • 2010 Otto Hahn Medal of the Max Planck Society (one of the best 28 Ph.D. theses in all Max Planck institutes in 2010)
  • 2010 – 2013 Lane Fellowship, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh
  • 2010 Selection for Best Decision Support paper, IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics
  • 2009 Best paper award, ISMB-SIG Next-Generation Sequencing 2009
  • 2006 – 2010 IMPRS-CBSC Ph.D. scholarship, Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics, Berlin
  • 2005 – 2006 IMPRS-CBSC preparatory program scholarship, Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics, Berlin 


Dr. Marcel Schulz

Dr. Marcel Schulz

Saarland University
Cluster of Excellence
Multimodal Computing and Interaction

Campus E1 7 Room 3.07
66123, Saarbrücken

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