Niko Beerenwinkel was trained in mathematics and biology at the University of Bonn, and received his PhD in computer science from Saarland University in 2004. He served as a postdoctoral researcher at the UC Berkeley and Harvard University before joining ETH Zurich in 2007, where he has been an associate professor of computational biology since 2013. Beerenwinkel's research is at the interface of mathematics, statistic and computer science with biology and medicine. His interests range from the mathematical foundations of biostatistical models to clinical applications in cancer and infectious diseases. He has developed methods for inferring the genetic composition of virus populations, analyzing HIV drug resistance, and predicting the outcome of antiviral combination therapy. In cancer research, he is interested in multi-omics data integration and the genomic diversity and evolutionary dynamics of tumors. In addition, Beerenwinkel’s group has developed probabilistic graphical models for network reconstruction from observational and interventional data, such as RNA interference screens.
- Algorithmic Challenges in Genomics, Spring 2016. Visiting Scientist.