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Andre Holzer, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Associate

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Andre is a passionate scientist and entrepreneur working at Saarland University (DE). He completed a BSc degree in Molecular Biotechnology before focusing towards Computational and Systems Biology during his MSc. After graduating from Heidelberg University in 2017, he became a Gates Cambridge Scholar and conducted a PhD at the University of Cambridge where his research addressed open questions in Aquatic Microbiology and Algae Biotechnology using high-throughput multi-omic approaches. In parallel, he co-founded and became co-leader of the citizen science project PuntSeq, which aims for democratising novel real-time DNA sequencing technology and in 2020 presented an open-source, low-cost metagenomics framework to monitor microbial composition of freshwater sources. Andre obtained his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2021. Since, he worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Department of Plant Sciences. In 2023 he joined the Center for Bioinformatics (ZBI) at Saarland University (Germany) where he is working on Microbial Systems Biology and Long-Read Sequencing. Coupling his expertise in Microbiology, Computational Biology and portable DNA Sequencing, Dr Andre Holzer develops new frameworks to better understand, detect and use microbes in the context of One Health.

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