- Managing Directors
Saskia Biskup, MD PhD, co-founded CeGaT GmbH in 2009. As a Human Geneticist, Research Scientist and Bioinformatician she positions herself at the interface of diagnostics, research and clinic.
During a two year scholarship sponsored by the German Research Foundation she gathered international experience at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, USA. Her own research revolves around LRRK2, a gene involved in Parkinson’s disease, and the development of new biomarkers to enable early prediction of neurodegenerative diseases. Saskia Biskup was the first to discover variations in the LRRK2 gene; LRRK2 is the gene which is most often associated with Parkinson’s Disease (Neuron 2004). She was awarded multiple international prizes for her research.
Dirk Biskup, PhD, cofounded CeGaT GmbH in 2009.
After graduating from the University of Hamburg, specializing in Economics and Business Administration, Dirk Biskup worked as Scientific Assistant at the University of Bielefeld, finishing his PhD thesis on combinatorial optimization and complexity theory in 1999. At the end of 1999, Mr. Biskup left the University and took different positions within the industry.
He worked as Senior Director at Bertelsmann AG being involved in approx. 50 M&A deals. At the start of 2005, he took the position as CFO of Berryville Graphics, the largest single printing location in the United States. From 2007 to mid-2012, he was the European CFO of AEG Electric Tools Division and Managing Director of multiple European sales, logistics, and holding companies of this group. Since July 2012, he has been exclusively working for CeGaT.
Christian Kraft is managing director of CeGaT GmbH and supports the strategic development of the company.
Christian has a bachelor degree in business law and master degree in business management.
After completing his studies he worked several years as project manager for strategy consulting firms.
He led multiple projects, mainly focusing on developing and executing strategies and business improvement in various industries.
Florian Battke, PhD, is Director of Development. He is tasked with coordinating product development. Together with his team, he develops and integrates software for genetic data analysis, for laboratory management, and to support reporting of medical findings. A second focus is on data analysis in the context of method development, in collaborative research projects, and customers’ projects.
Florian Battke studied bioinformatics at the universities of Tübingen and Uppsala, with a focus on molecular biology and genetics. During his PhD he developed computational methods for the analysis of high-throughput transcriptome data. He joined CeGaT in 2012 and in March 2017 became a member of the management team.
Jiri Ködding, PhD, is Director of the Laboratory and R&D department.
He graduated from the University of Konstanz specializing in analytical spectroscopy and protein chemistry with a focus on protein crystallography. He gained extensive experience in the establishment of DNA diagnostics and next-generation sequencing technologies.
Tim Scheurenbrand is Director of the Bioinformatics & IT department. Together with his team, he develops and integrates software for next-generation sequencing data analysis, laboratory management and software to support the creation of medical reports. Heading the IT department he is also responsible for the IT infrastructure of CeGaT.
Tim Scheurenbrand studied Bioinformatics at the University of Tübingen with a focus on next-generation sequencing, genetics and IT infrastructure. His master thesis was titled “Metagenomic Pathway Analysis”.
Andrea Becker is part of the team Data Analytics at CeGaT. Her main tasks are analysis of next generation sequencing data and software development.
Andrea Becker studied Bioinformatics at the University of Tübingen. During her Diploma at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, she assessed the precision of different assembly tools which are used for the analysis of next generation sequencing data.
Brigitte Beifuss works in the CeGaT Sales team and she takes care of customer requests, creating of quotes, acquisition of new customers and the coordination on trade-shows and exhibitions.
Brigitte Beifuss completed her Bachelor degree in nutritional sciences at the Universtity of Hohenheim and her Master degree in Biochemistry at the University of Tübingen. During her master thesis and follow-up time as a research associate at the Institute of medical microbiology in Tübingen she was interested on the influence of the intestinal microbiota on inflammatory bowel diseases and other auto immune diseases like Type 1 Diabetes.
Veronika Böttcher is part of the team Data Analytics of CeGaT. She supports the team in processing customer projects and data analysis.
Veronika Böttcher studied Biomathematics at the Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-University in Greifswald with a focus on molecular biology. During her master‘s thesis at the University of Tübingen she evaluated alignment-free phylogenetic reconstruction methods for ancient DNA.
Elisabeth Maritschnegg, PhD is working as project and product manager at CeGaT. In addition to the coordination of publically funded projects she coordinates customer-specific next-generation sequencing projects. Further she supports different departments conjointly being responsible for CeGaT’s service products.
Elisabeth Maritschnegg studied molecular biology at the University of Graz. She then completed her PhD-studies at the Medical University of Vienna. During this time, she worked on innovate methods for the early diagnosis of gynaecological cancers, as well as the analysis of “liquid biopsies”. Subsequently, she completed a research stay at the KU Leuven, Belgium, where she worked on protein aggregation.
Swantje Dettweiler is part of the backoffice team.
After many years in the advertising industry she is now supporting CeGaT in organizational and administrative matters.
Mandy Winkler has been supporting CeGaT in the back office team since July 2019 as assistant to the management. She is responsible for various administrative matters such as appointment coordination.
As a certified business economist, she has worked for the last few years as an assistant to the management and board of directors of a medical technology investor and a medical technology company in the field of ophthalmology, gaining a great deal of experience in the assistance area.
Dr. rer. nat. Bettina Rohde is working as project and product manager. She coordinates customer-specific next-generation sequencing projects. Further she supports different departments conjointly being responsible for CeGaT’s service products.
Bettina Rohde studied chemistry at Phillips Universität Marburg with focus on biochemistry. After finishing her PhD thesis at MPI for terrestrial microbiology in Marburg, she worked as postdoc at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. Afterwards she gained professional experience at a sequencing company, and worked in the laboratory, as project manager, and as data analysis specialist. Besides coordinating service projects for customers, she also managed publicly funded projects.
Magdalena Feldhahn, PhD, is part of the team Data Analytics of CeGaT.
She supports the Tumor Diagnostics team in research projects and with the development and implementation of new methods.
Magdalena Feldhahn studied Bioinformatics with a focus on pharmacy and immunology at the University of Tübingen. During her PhD studies at the Applied Bioinfomatics group of the University of Tübingen, she analyzed genome and trancriptome data from cancer patients. The aim of these
analyses was the development of personalized immunotherapies based on tumor specific mutations.
Andreas Gerasch is team leader of the software development team at CeGaT. His team develops software solutions used in the laboratory, diagnostic and bioinformatic field.
Andreas Gerasch studied Bioinformatics at the University of Tübingen with focus on Microbiology and Genetics. Currently, he is also finishing his PhD in the field of biological network visualization and analysis at the Algorithmics group at the University of Tübingen.
Alexander Fuchs is part of the Customer Care team at CeGaT. His responsibilities include answering next-generation sequencing service requests, preparing quotes and advising clients planning their projects.
After studying biology, he wrote his bachelor thesis in the medical microbiology. Afterwards he achieved his master´s degree in biology with the focus on cell biology and immunology. Additionally, he gained experience as lab manager at the DKFZ partner site Tübingen.
Jeannette Gogel is in CeGaT’s Sanger Sequencing team.
Jeannette Gogel successfully finished her education at the school for medical-technical assistant at the University of Tübingen and gained work experience in different research groups at the University Hospital of Tübingen.
Katrin Gralla supports the sales team at CeGaT. Her tasks include the response of customer requests, the generation of offers as well as the acquisition of customers. Further she is involved in the coordination of CeGaT´s appearance on exhibitions.
Katrin Gralla studied Molecular Nutrition Sciences at the University of Hohenheim. During her master thesis she investigated the antioxidative properties of tocopherols and tocotrienols from palm and pumpkin seed oil in the human liver cell line HepG2.
Stefan Griesbach, PhD, is team leader of the Sales & Marketing team of CeGaT. His responsibilities include shaping the distribution strategy, planning for and representing CeGaT at public appearance, supporting service partners, and managing business-to-business contacts.
After studying Biochemistry at the universities of Tübingen and Munich, he earned his Doctorate in the Department of Molecular Biology at the University of Tübingen. His research focused on the role of the ubiquitous transcription factor Serum Response Factor (SRF) in the liver. Based on this work, he then established a new mouse model for hepatocellular carcinoma.
Dr. rer. nat. Isabell Haake, works as a project manager and handles internal and external service projects.
Isabell Haake studied molecular medicine at the University of Ulm and molecular life science at the University of Lübeck. She completed her PhD at the Institute of Medical Microbiology at the University Hospital in Tübingen. The topic of her thesis was the analysis of the intestinal microbiome of mice through NGS. Afterwards, she worked several years as a managing director at a company specialized on microbiome analysis.
Dirk Hadaschik, PhD, organizes clinical studies and validations of NGS-based diagnostic tests. He is responsible for the planning, organization, execution and analysis of interventional clinical studies. This encompasses the recruitment of external partners and study sites, the negotiation of contractual agreements, preparation of study documents, coordination of project teams and study sites. Besides he leads internal and external studies for the validation of NGS-based diagnostic tests.
Dirk Hadaschik performed his studies in Biology at the University of Cologne focusing on genetics, pharmacology, biochemistry and virology. During his PhD he investigated how a viral transcription factor contributes to the reprogramming of the host cell. In the course of his post doc at the University of Cambridge (UK) he investigated the molecular basis of insulin resistance and studied the effects of several anti-diabetic drugs on adipocytes. Afterwards he worked as lab head R&D where he led several projects and product developments in the areas cellular gene transfer, RNA interference, detection of circulating miRNAs, epigenetics and next-generation sequencing. 2015 he started working at CeGaT as R&D team leader. In this function he was responsible for the refinement of current molecular genetic workflows and for testing of new protocols and technologies and their establishment. In 2016 he visited a training course in order to learn the basics important for the organization of clinical studies and since than he is leading this division at CeGaT.
Johannes Harter, PhD, is responsible for the development and realization of research projects. His tasks include planning, coordination, execution and analysis of research projects as well as the establishment and development of research-relevant methods.
Johannes Harter studied Geoecology at the University of Tübingen. In his diploma thesis he focused on the development and application of molecular biological methods for the detection of bacteria in environmental samples. During his PhD in Molecular Microbial Ecology at the University of Tübingen, he carried out microbiome analyzes using Next-Generation Sequencing at the DNA and RNA level and performed the bioinformatic evaluation of the associated datasets.
Angela Henzler, PhD, works in the software development team at CeGaT.
Her main tasks are the development of the CeGaT laboratory management system as well as support in laboratory process automation.
Angela Henzler studied bioinformatics at the University of Tübingen with a focus on biochemistry and immunology, she joined the group for Computational Molecular Design at the Center of Bioinformatics of the University of Hamburg were she developed computational methods for structure-based drug design.
Michael Hofmann, PhD, is responsible for CeGaT’s sales activities in Western Europe. Michael Hofmann studied molecular genetics and holds a PhD in Genomics from the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Heidelberg and the Max Planck Institute for Immunobiology, Freiburg.
As Laboratory Head Molecular Genetics he acquired significant experience in personalized medicine in oncology. The major focus of his work was in clinical biosampling, processing of patient samples, and in genetic diagnostics of tumors to identify genetic biomarkers predictive for response to therapy.
Prior to joining CeGaT, he worked as Regional Manager Western Europe for a genetic testing provider. He built up the sales structure and was responsible for sales of services and product portfolio in genetic and biochemical diagnostics of rare hereditary diseases.
Günter Jäger, PhD, is part of the CeGaT software development team.
His main tasks include the development of software solutions in the diagnostic context.
Günter Jäger studied bioinformatics at the University of Tübingen with a focus on molecular biology and genetics. During his PhD studies in the „Integrative Transcriptomics“ group, he developed new visual analytics approaches for the integrative study of single nucleotide variations and gene expression data.
Sabine Kelkenberg, PhD, is team leader of CeGaT’s Laboratory team. She and her team are responsible for customer-specific next-generation sequencing projects.
Sabine Kelkenberg studied Biochemistry at the University of Tübingen with a focus on Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Immunology. During her PhD studies she worked on Next-Generation Sequencing and Targeted Enrichment at the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg.
Dorothea Kemmler is team leader in Customer Care at CeGaT. Her responsibilities include answering next-generation sequencing service requests, preparing quotes and advising clients planning their projects.
After completing her biology degree in Konstanz and some research in food technology at the ETH Zurich, she gained professional experience in technical customer support at several international biotechnology companies. In the various positions, she has not only gained experience in next-generation sequencing, she also learned about the side of service providers as well as manufacturers for customers in research and medical diagnostics.
Dr. rer. nat. Britta Merz is working as project and product manager at CeGaT. In addition to the coordination of publicly funded projects she coordinates customer-specific next-generation sequencing projects. Further she supports different departments conjointly being responsible for CeGaT’s service products.
Britta Merz studied biochemistry at the University of Tübingen with a focus on pharmaceutical chemistry and toxicology. During her PhD thesis at the Department for Molecular Medicine at the University Hospital of Tübingen she worked on the role of the PI3K/Akt signaling pathway for the maintenance of pluripotency in murine embryonic stem cells.
Maria Kopp, M.Sc, is part of CeGaT’s Research & Development team. She is involved in the development of new methods and technologies in the field of NGS.
After obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in Bio and Process Engineering at the Hochschule Furtwangen University, she received a Master’s degree in Biological Sciences at University of Konstanz.
During her Bachelor thesis at the clinic in Stuttgart she established a RT-PCR-based method for the determination of the FOXP3-DNA-methylation as a marker for regulatory T-cells.
During her Master thesis at the Fraunhofer IGB Stuttgart she developed a NGS-based method for rapid detection of infections in the bloodstream.
Bernd Müller is the Facility Manager at CeGaT. He is responsible for the coordination and review of construction and maintenance as well as the execution of repairs, and ensures the cleanliness of CeGaT’s facility.
He has worked as a Facility Manager for over eight years in different facilities.
Dmitri Ossipov, PhD as a Head of Sales Europe is responsible for sales in the European market at CeGaT. Development of sales strategies, management of the European sales team as well as direct customer communication in different European countries belong to his daily tasks.
After obtaining his PhD degree during his work in the Department of Molecular Genetics of the Max-Plank-Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen and the University of Kassel, he has been working for many years in biotechnology companies.
Jana Oswald-Wellauer is responsible for the purchase of laboratory equipment and administrative areas at CeGaT.
Felix Kenel, PhD, works in the CeGaT software development team. As a software engineer he mainly concentrates on software solutions to support laboratory workflows.
Felix Kenel studied bioinformatics at the University of Tübingen with a focus on genetics and molecular biology. During his Ph.D. studies at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology and the University of Tübingen he developed data processing and analysis methods for next-generation-sequencing.
Cosmin Pocanschi, PhD, is business development manager at CeGaT GmbH and in charge of establishing collaborations with the pharmaceutical industry.
He received his PhD in Biology from University of Konstanz and completed the Business Edge Executive Program at Rotman School of Management in Toronto. Before joining CeGaT, he gained experience in a variety of fields, including biomedical research, health services, quality assurance, process improvement and product management.
Elena Reidel is part of the next-generation sequencing team of CeGaT.
Elena Reidel studied biology at the University in Naltschik/Russia. She has worked on various projects in the cell biology research lab at the Orthopedic Universitätsklinik in Tübingen.
Isabelle Rentschler works in the Human Resources Department. She coordinates the recruiting process and is the contact person for all job candidates as well as for all employees regarding personnel-related questions. She manages the personnel data.
Isabelle Rentschler worked in the Finance Department and was amongst others responsible for payroll and several personnel-related tasks.
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Nils Runge is part of the next-generation sequencing team of CeGaT.
His responsibilities include the preparation and handling of samples in this Process, such as documentation and the maintenance of the used devices.
Nils Runge finished his apprenticeship as agronomic-technical assistant at the KWS SAAT SE in Einbeck.
Andrea Rütschle, PhD, is team leader of CeGaT’s project and product management department. Together with her team she is coordinating Next Generation Sequencing projects especially for clients from pharmaceutical companies or research institutions. In addition, she and her team are caring for public funded projects and support different departments conjointly being responsible for CeGaT’s service products.
Andrea Rütschle studied Molecular Biotechnology at the TU München and the Uppsala University with focus on medical genetics, physiology and microbiology. During her doctoral thesis at the chair of Microbial Ecology at the TU München she gained experience with Next Generation Sequencing and numerous biomolecular methods.
Sonja Sändig supports the back office of CeGaT in administrative and organizational matters. She also works in the customer care Team at CeGaT. Her responsibilities include answering next-generation sequencing service requests, preparing quotes and advising clients planning their projects.
Sonja Sändig studied biology at the University of Tübingen with a focus on animal physiology. She is currently completing her PhD thesis in neuroscience and gained initial professional experience as a temporary assistant in the back office of CeGaT.
Verena Schattel, PhD, is working in the process and project management at CeGaT. She supports CeGaT in the implementation of complex internal projects. Responsible for all ERP projects, she ensures successful integration into CeGaT’s process landscape.
Verena studied bioinformatics at the University of Tübingen with a focus on pharmacy. Afterwards she did her PhD at the group of medicinal and pharmaceutical chemistry and submitted a PhD thesis in the area of computational chemistry for host-ligand interactions of protein kinases. After the PhD she worked as an IT-Consultant and was involved in customer projects working with laboratory information systems and middleware which are used in regulated environments worldwide.
Tina Schmidt is part of CeGaT´s Customer Solutions team. He task include the handling of custom NGS projects.
Tina Schmidt absolved her education as a biological laboratory technician at the “EUROIMMUN AG” in Lübeck. She gained first professional experience in a laboratory at the “Universitätsklinikum Tübingen” in the Transgenic Facility.
Kerstin Staffa is part of the IT department of CeGaT. She supports all IT infrastructure operations and is responsible for the ERP support.
Kerstin Staffa completed after her education as Industrial Management Assistant a further education as Bachelor Professional of Business (CCI). She gained experience as Assistent of Administration Management and IT administration. She is a student of Information Systems at the international University of Applied Sciences Bad Honnef.
Ilona Steinleitner is part of the next-generation sequencing team of CeGaT.
She absolved her education as technical assistant for agricultural- and enviromental analysis at the “Staatsschule für Garten- und Landschaftsbau” at the University of Hohenheim.
Sabrina Stiefel supports the sales department at CeGaT. She is responsible for the issuing of cost estimates and accounting.
She finished her job education as a legal assistant in 2009 where she gained work experience in secretarial and administrative tasks. That followed a bachelor study at the University of Reutlingen in applied chemistry, with a focus on bioanalysis which she successfully completed in August 2014.
Carolin Thöm is part of the Customer Care team at CeGaT. Her responsibilities include answering next-generation sequencing service requests, preparing quotes and advising clients planning their projects.
Carolin Thöm studied agricultural sciences at the University of Kiel with a focus on crop science and gained professional experience in pesticide research at a chemical company. She then completed her master’s degree in environmental science at the University of Freiburg with a focus on plant physiology.
Chantal Ulmschneider is working as project and product manager. She coordinates customer-specific next-generation sequencing projects. Further she supports different departments conjointly being responsible for CeGaT’s service products.
Chantal Ulmschneider studied Molecular and Technical Medicine at Hochschule Furtwangen. As part of her extra-occupational studies at University Erlangen she focused on liquid biopsy in early cancer diagnosis. She simultaneously analyzed this issue at CeGaT, where she worked in development.
Julia Unger is part of the next-generation sequencing team of CeGaT. Her responsibilities include the preparation and handling of samples in the NIPT process.
Julia Unger studied microbiology at the Eberhard Karls University in Tübingen. She successfully completed her bachelor thesis in biotechnology and her master thesis in geomicrobiology.
Daniel Walz is part of the IT department of CeGaT. He supports all IT-Infrastructure operations and is responsible for the backend Infrastructure.
Daniel Walz completed after his education as electronics technician for industrial systems a study as state-certified technician specialized in information technology. He gained experience as System administrator at several larger companies in the medical and automotive industry.
Stephanie Weißgraeber, PhD, is team leader of Data Analytics. Her team is in charge of NGS data evaluation, customer projects and analysis of R&D results.
Stephanie Weißgraeber studied biology at the Universities of Marburg and Darmstadt, focusing on genetics and computational biology. During her PhD studies in the group “Computational Biology and Simulation” she developed structural models of ion channel proteins and analyzed protein sequences.
Denis Wolters is CeGaT’s Online Marketing Manager. He is responsible for all advertising channels, content marketing, social media and web analytics.
Madlen Wößner is team leader of the CeGaT’s Automation team. She and her team are responsible for the automation of protocols on different liquid handling systems.
Madlen Wößner studied biology focusing on human genetics at the University of Tübingen.
Dr. rer. nat. Henning Zelba is one of the laboratory team leaders. Together with his team, he is responsible for the sample-processing prior to Next-Generation Sequencing and for the coordination, execution and interpretation of immunological experiments.
Henning Zelba studied Biology at the University of Tübingen and graduated in the field of immunology. During his PhD, he identified immunological biomarkers that are associated with good course of disease in cancer patients. Later, while his time as Post-Doc, he investigated if already applied immunotherapeutic approaches are applicable to other cancer entities.
Irene-A. Zimmer, PhD, is part of CeGaT’s quality management team with her main focus being the American quality systems accreditation.
She received her veterinary degree and PhD from the LMU Munich before gathering work experience in the UK and USA for a total of 15 years. Amongst others, she was responsible for establishing and maintaining the quality system for a parasitology diagnostic laboratory, coordinated international EU projects, lectured at the North Shore Community and Gordon College in Massachusetts and was managing the laboratory for NSIV, a Biotech and Cleantech Incubator.
Sarah Zimmermann, PhD, is part of CeGaT´s automation team. She is responsible for developing new protocols and technologies for lab automation.
Sarah Zimmermann studied Molecular Biotechnology at the Technische Universität München and specialized in molecular medicine, bioprocess engineering, and pharmaceutical sciences. During her dissertation at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in cooperation with Novo Nordisk A/S, she established a fully automated high-throughput screening process for downstream processing of cell-based therapeutics.