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Dr. Janine Altmüller


head of NGS core facility

Telephone +49 221 478 96819


Janine Altmüller studied medicine at the RWTH Aachen, and received her MD in 1998 at the Humboldt University in Berlin. After few years of clinical work as a pediatrician at the Pediatric Clinic of the University Hospital in Aachen, she continued her career as a scientist in the field of molecular genetics and genomics with postdocs at the Institute for Epidemiology at the GSF in Munich, at the Gene Mapping Center (GMC) at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in Berlin, and the Cologne Center for Genomics in Cologne focusing on linkage and association studies.  In 2009, she became the head of the Next Generation Sequencing platform and since then, leads a steadily growing team in this fast evolving field. In 2019, the CCG NGS platform was awarded by the DFG to act as one of four national NGS competence centers with Janine Altmüller being the core leader in Cologne.

Janine Altmüller works on various aspects of NGS data production, technology development and implementation. Next to standard genome and transcriptome sequencing, she and her team accomplished particular expertise in approaches that focus on chromatin conformation, low-input and single cell protocols, cell-free DNA assays, detection of structural genomic variation, and epigenomic analysis. Janine Altmüller serves as PI in DFG funded projects on nephrogenetics, together with Bodo Beck from the Institute of Human Genetics. Currently she works on biomarker discovery in cfDNA, cell-type specific DNA methylation, and RNA isoform detection using single cell and long read technologies.

List of publications in PubMed