- 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, co-founded 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. End of 1999 Dirk 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 US. 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 working for CeGaT only.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
Thorben Bodey, PhD, is supporting the sales and marketing team at CeGaT. Amongst other responsibilities he is entrusted with customer liaison and support of business partners overseas. Additionally he assists the sales and marketing team in the coordination and realization of CeGaT’s appearances on conventions and fairs.
Thorben Bodey finished his studies in biology in 2011 at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) with his diploma thesis on DNA repair factors in Arabidopsis. In his following PhD thesis he focused on the characterization of histone modifying enzymes in plants and their putative role in various DNA repair processes.
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.
Dr. phil. nat. Ellen Bruske is working as project manager in the unit Customer Solutions at CeGaT and is taking care of internal and customer-specific Next-Generation Sequencing projects.
Ellen Bruske studied biology at the University of Constance (Germany) with focuses on environmental toxicology and cell biology. She did her PhD in biochemistry at the University of Berne (Switzerland), where she investigated the role of thiomodified tRNAs in the pathogen causing sleeping sickness. During several years as a Postdoc at the Institute of Tropical Medicine at the University of Tuebingen, she analyzed the causative organisms of malaria and tuberculosis with a variety of molecular genetic methods and gained experience with Next-Generation Sequencing but also with clinical trials.
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.
Claudia Durand, PhD, is team leader of CeGaT’s project and product management. In addition to the application for and coordination of publically funded projects she is also responsible for the support of internal and customer-specific service projects. She also coordinates different departments conjointly being responsible for CeGaT’s products.
After studying biology at the University of Heidelberg she carried out her diploma thesis at the Institute of Human Genetics (University Hospital Heidelberg), where she also accomplished her PhD. Here, Claudia Durand analysed the regulatory networks that are relevant during limb development and investigated their contribution to the pathogenesis of short stature in humans. Afterwards she worked as a project manager at a national biotechnology network where she gained practical experience in project management.
Nicole Ebner is team leader of CeGaT’s Customer Care.
She gained her scientific qualification during her bachelor and master studies. Within the master studies at the HS Mannheim she focused on bioprocess development. Within her final thesis she characterized unknown miRNAs in cells of mesenchymal origin. Hereby she deepened he knowledge in the fields of cellular and molecular biology.
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.
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.
Laure Grefen is part of CeGaT’s Customer Solutions team. She handles NGS services queries.
Laure Grefen studied biology in Freiburg and Tübingen. She gained experience while working as technical support representative with a sequencing service provider in Germany and a biotech company in the UK.
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.
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.
Chung-Ting (Tina) Han, PhD, is team leader of CeGaT’s Research & Development.
She is responsible for the incorporation of new technologies and methods into clinical diagnostic setting and into NGS Service for research setting. Her team initiates and executes the validation of diagnostic assays and their adaptation for challenging samples, i.e. FFPE, cell-free DNA, CTC, LCM, or degraded samples. Her keen interests are in method development that enables the study of single cell –omics, targeted re-sequencing, transcriptomics, cistromics, and methylomics.
She obtained her doctoral degree from The University of Maryland (USA) where she studied the molecular biology of prostate cancer. She carried out post-doctoral research in the area of functional genomics at the MPI for Molecular Genetics in Berlin, where she adapted NGS extensively. Prior to joining CeGaT she was the head of Genomics Core Facility at IMB Mainz, where more than 15 different Seq’s protocols were supported as standard service.
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.
Sandra Junker is part of CeGaT’s Customer Solutions team. Her tasks include the handling of custom NGS projects.
Sandra Junker absolved her education as a biotechnical assistant at the “Staatsschule für Garten- und Landschafstbau” at the University of Hohenheim. She gained first professional experience in a laboratory at the „Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität” in the “Medizinischen Klinik und Poliklinik I München – Großhadern“ and afterwards at the Institute of Medical Genetics and Applied Genomics in Tübingen. There she got to know the Next-Generation Sequencing technologies and acquired expertise in several methods of NGS library preparation.
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.
Sabrina Lanz 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.
Anja Lauter supports the R&D division at CeGaT.
Anja Lauter studied cell- and molecular biology at the FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg. During her bachelor thesis she analyzed the function of an uncharacterized gene in the root tip of the model plant A. thaliana. For her master thesis she examined the influence of sugars on pollen tube growth. Before she started working at CeGaT she also gained some insight in method development and siRNA isolation.
Lisha Mathew, PhD, is part of the team Data Analytics of CeGaT. She supports the diagnostics and R&D department with specialized analysis and she is responsible for the continuous development of our data analysis.
Lisha Mathew studied bioinformatics at the Goethe University in Frankfurt with a focus on cell biology and ecology & evolution of animals. During her PhD studies in the Statistical Genetics group of the Ludwig Maximilians University Munich she worked on the development of a method to estimate model parameters from genetic data. She spend her postdoc at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne and worked on the evolution of human KRAB zinc finger genes based on the 1000 Genomes Project.
Britta Merz works as a project manager at CeGaT. In addition to the coordination of publically funded projects she is also responsible for the support of internal and customer specific service projects.
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.
Jana Oswald-Wellauer is responsible for the purchase of laboratory equipment and administrative areas at CeGaT.
Felix Ott, PhD, works in the CeGaT software development team. As a software engineer he mainly concentrates on software solutions to support laboratory workflows.
Felix Ott 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.
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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Andreas Ritter supports the laboratory- and automation team of CeGaT.
He is working on programming, editing and optimizing protocols on different automated liquid handling systems.
He finished his apprenticeship at the Fraunhofer-Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology where he gained experience in next-generation sequencing technologies and laboratory automation.
Tina Rönisch is part of CeGaT´s Customer Solutions team. He task include the handling of custom NGS projects.
Tina Rönisch 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.
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 working as project and product manager. In addition to the application for and coordination of publically funded projects she is also responsible for the support of internal and customer-specific service projects. Further she supports different departments conjointly being responsible for CeGaT’s 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.
Verena Schattel, PhD, is part of the Bioinformatics team.
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.
Lea Schenke supports the sales department at CeGaT. Her job includes the calculation of sales, organization and conduction of CeGaT´s appearance of exhibitions as well as intensive care of regular costumers.
Lea Schenke has studied molecular biotechnology at the RWTH University in Aachen with focus in immunology and medicine. During her dissertation she worked on the generation and characterization of specific cancer therapeutics against myeloid leukemia.
Kerstin Schmid is team leader of CeGaT’s IT infrastructure and responsible for their operation.
Kerstin Schmid completed her education as system engineer at an international IT company. She worked as SAP Engineer for international customers and gained experience as system administrator by a German furniture company.
Sabine Schmid is part of the backoffice team.
As an assistant she is responsible for administrative and organizational matters of CeGaT. Sabine Schmid has worked as an assistant and secretary for many years.
Wolfgang Schütz, PhD, joined the quality management team of CeGaT in September 2014.
He studied Biology at the University of Würzburg where he also did his PhD in the field of cell and developmental biology. He worked on the function of diverse nuclear proteins during mammalian spermatogenesis. After having finished his PhD he worked at the proteome center tuebingen, where he carried out qualitative and quantitative proteome analyses using mass spectrometry.
In July 2012 he finished a further education in the field of management systems including the certificate as a quality management delegate and already gained experience in this function.
Heiko Siewert is part of the IT department of CeGaT. As system administrator, he is responsible for IT infrastructure and operations.
Heiko Siewert studied at the Academy for Information Processing in Böblingen with a focus on media and communication. He gained experience as system administrator and IT consultant in the finance sector, in automotive research, at IT service providers, and by contributing to customer projects around Stuttgart.
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.
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.
Ute Wank, PhD, is team leader of CeGaT’s Quality Management department. She is responsible for the maintenance of granted and preparation of sought accreditations as well as for the update of the QM system and the coordination of quality assurance measures.
She studied Chemistry at the University of Jena where she also did her PhD. There, in the Department of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry, she focused on the use of statistical methods for planning, implementation, data analysis and evaluation of interlaboratory comparisons. Throughout her working lives she gained comprehensive experience in the field of Instrumental Analysis and applied research relating to environment, pharmaceutics, medicine, nano- and biotechnology, especially in pharmaceutical analysis and drug development.
In July 2017 she successfully completed an advanced education in the field of integrated management systems at TÜV Süd and has been certified as a representative and auditor for Quality and Environmental Management.
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.
Martina Wölfle, PhD, is working for the Quality Management of CeGaT.
She studied Biology at the Technical University of Darmstadt and at the University of Freiburg. During her PhD studies in the department of Neurology at the University of Ulm and Dresden she focused on the characterization of adult human hippocampal neural stem cells. After her PhD she worked as post doc at the Hertie Institute of Tübingen and established a cell modell system of “induced pluripotent stem cells” from fibroblasts of patients with Parkinson ’s disease (Cell Stem Cells, 2013).
Raissa Wollbaum is part of the next-generation sequencing team of CeGaT.
Her responsibilities include the preparation and handling of samples in this Process, such as documentation and the maintenance of the used devices.
Raissa Wollbaum finished her apprenticeship as a MTLA at the Uniklinik in Mannheim.
Denis Wolters is CeGaT’s Online Marketing Manager. He is responsible for all advertising channels, content marketing, social media and web analytics.
He studied linguistics at the University of Paderborn, focusing on cognitive determiners for language complexity.
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.
Andreas Zerweck works as Financial Controller at CeGaT. His core tasks include the assurance of business transparency as well as the further development of existing reporting and controlling systems in collaboration with tax consultants and auditors.
After studying business administration at the HTWG Konstanz, he gained experience as a controller in setting up reporting and controlling structures in an international company and accompanied various change processes.
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.