Prof. Dr. Tim Beissbarth

Contact information

Phone :
+49 - (0)551 - 39 14912
Mail: tim.beissbarth(at)
Room: 2.106 in the Goldschmidtstr. 1, 37077 Göttingen
ORCID-iD: 000-0001-6509-2143

Curriculum Vitae

Academic Carrer

> since 10.2018: Professor, Head of the Institute of Medical Bioinformatics, University Medical Center Göttingen
> 2008-2018: Professor for Biostatistics of the group Statistical Bioinformatics in the Department of Medical Statistics at the University of Göttingen
> 2005-2011: Groupt leader at the Molecular Genome Analysis Department at German Cancer Research Center - DKFZ
> 2002-2005 Postdoctoral Fellow at the Bioinformatics Department at Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Melbourne -WEHI
>2001-2002: Postdoctoral Fellow at: Computational Molecular Biology - Max-Planck-Institut Molecular Genetics, Berlin
                      Functional Genome Analysis- German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg
> 6/2001/2002: Teaching of Bioinformatics courses at the Akademie fuer Weiterbildung


> 1998-2001: PhD thesis at the German Cancer Research Center- DKFZ
                       Departments: Theoretical Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology of the Cell I
> 1996-1998: Diplom (Masters) thesis in the Departement of Cell Genetics about MHC Class I - TAP interaction
> 1996: Assistant in Biochemical Practical Courses at the Institute for Biochemistry
> 1995-1996: Worked at the Regional Computing Center - Object Oriented Programming Courses
> 1992-1997: Study of Biology and Computer Science at the University of Cologne
1989-1990: West Valley Highschool - Cottonwood, CA, USA
> 1983-1992: Heinrich-Heine-Gymnasium - Cologne, Germany
> Sept. 8., 1972: Born in Cologne, Germany

Research focus

Current projects


In the MyPathSem project, we aim in collaboration with other institutes of the UMG to come up with with a computational platform, or toolbox, which can be used by clinicians for making optimal use of high-throughput data for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes. For more information, please see the official project site.


The aim of this project is to develop a system automatically matching genomic data to suitable treatment options, which will help clinicians to interpret genomic data in a fast and higly quantative manner. more

In Cooperation with the UMC Hamburg-Eppendorf or aim is the identification of a biomarker signature which associates with beneficial outcome on specific lipid therapy, and ideally is not dynamic under ongoing therapy. more

Selected Publications

Beißbarth T., Speed T.P.:
GOstat: Find statistically overrepresented Gene Ontologieswithin a group of genes.
Bioinformatics; 6.2004; 20(9): 1464-1465

Fröhlich H., Tresch A., Beißbarth T.:
Nested Effects Models for Learning Signaling Networks from Perturbation Data
Biometrical Journal, 2009, 51(2):304-23

Johannes M., Brase J.C., Fröhlich H., Gade S., Gehrmann M., Fälth M, Sültmann H., Beißbarth T.:
Integration of pathway knowledge into a reweighted recursive feature elimintion approach for risk stratification oF cancer patients.
Bioinformatics, 2010, 26(17):2136-44

Professional activities

Since 2008: Associate Editor of BMC Bioinformatics
Since 2009: Associate Editor of BMC Cancer
Since 2012: Associate Editor of Statistical Applications in Molecular Biology (SAGMB)
Since 2015: Associate Editor of GMS Medizinische Informatik, Biometrie und Epidemiologie
Since 2013 Member of the faculty board of the University Medical Center Göttingen
2009-2013: Leader of the joint workgroup "Statistical Method in Bioinformatics" of the scientific associations Internationla Biometrical Society (IBS) and German Society for medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology (GMDS)
Since 2013: Co-leader of workgroup "Biomedical Informatics" of the society GMDS
Since 2014: In executive committee "Curricula for Medical Informatics" of the GMDS society
Since 2011: Build up a Core-Facility "Medical Statistics&Bioinformatics" within the department of Medical Statistics for the University Medical Center Göttingen
Since 2016: Member of the advisory board of the Fachgruppe Bioinformatik (FABI)
Since 2017: Speaker of the field Medical Bioinformatics&Systemsbiology of the society GMDS
Since 2019: In founding board of director of the Göttingen Campus Institute for Data Science (CIDAS)
Since 2020 DFG peer for subject Medical Informatics and Bioinformatics

Member of the societies GMDS, IBS, FaBi, ISCB