Förstner my name is Konrad Förstner - I hold a joint professorship for Data and Information Literacy at ZB MED - Information Center for Life Sciences and TH Köln. The research of my group covers a broad spectrum of applications of data science, bioinformatics and systems biology methods in the life sciences. This includes the integration and interpretation of large data sets - mainly generated using high-throughput sequencing technologies but also biomedical text corpora - with the aim to translate them into novel biological and medical insights. Additionally, we run projects that use and extend the knowledge commons by making research outcomes more open and FAIR. Since more than a decade I am advocating open science with all its facetes (data, publications, source code of research software, educational resources, publication metrics etc.) and am active in several communites promoting and implementing this. Furthermore, I try to empower others - researcher and people in information centric roles - by teaching digitial literacy and skills to work more efficiently and effectively with data, information and knowledge.

Short CV

  • Since 2018: Professor for Data and Information Literacy (initally "Information Literacy") at the TH Köln – University of Applied Sciences and Head of Data Science and Services (initially "Information Services") at ZB MED - Information Centre for Life Sciences (see research group page).
  • 2016 - 2018: Acting Head of the Core Unit Systems Medicine, University/Clinic of Würzburg
  • 2013 - 2018: Head of Bioinformatics, Core Unit Systems Medicine, University/Clinic of Würzburg
  • 2011 - 2013: Postdoc in the groups of Jörg Vogel and Cynthia Sharma, Institute of Molecular Infection Biology and Research Center for Infectious Diseases, University of Würzburg
  • 2009 - 2011: Entrepreneurial and freelancing work, Darmstadt/Berlin
  • 2004 - 2009: PhD (Bioinformatics/Computational biology) in the group of Peer Bork, EMBL, Heidelberg
  • 1999 - 2004: Studies of Biochemistry and Computer Science, University of Greifswald, including stays in Switzerland and USA

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