The development and application of innovative methods concerning next-generation sequencing, as well as synthetic biology, are the main focus of the Functional Genomics research group headed by Dr. Kai Sohn. These methods provide the basis for the identification of biomarkers for personalized diagnostics of various clinical indications and the molecular analysis of infection processes, but also for the characterization of microorganisms in industrial biotechnology. Furthermore, methods for the qualitative and quantitative characterization of complex microbial metagenomes and metatranscriptomes are developed and applied to diagnostics and environmental biotechnology.
To this end, a complete workflow was established in our group to provide an 'all-in-one' solution from sample preparation to bioinformatics. Our automated sample preparation, next generation sequencing and high performance computing workflows are available for cooperation and joint research projects, as well as research projects of industrial clients.