Andreas KELLER
Saarland University, Chair for Clinical Bioinformatics, Germany

Prof. Dr. Andreas Keller is leading the Chair for Clinical Bioinformatics, working both in the medical faculty and the computer science department at Saarland University. Keller finished his Ph.D. in computational biology and qualified as professor in human genetics. Before accepting the full professorship at the age of 30, he worked for biotech startups and was director for diagnostic innovations at Siemens Healthcare in the corporate strategy department in Erlangen. Keller is co-founder and scientific lead of several diagnostic and biotech companies such as Hummingbird Diagnostics or InFit. He published 180 peer reviewed manuscripts in prestigious journals that have been cited over 4,000 times. Further, Keller field 62 patents in the EU, America and China. Of these 18 patents have been already granted. His main research interest covers different aspects of small non-coding RNAs. This includes the discovery and validation of new microRNAs, gene regulation by miRNAs and the application of blood-based tests for detecting diseases in early stages. Especially in the latter part, Keller currently translates the results from basic research to patient care with the most promising results in oncology (lung cancer and melanoma) as well as Neurodegenerative Disorders (Parkinson's Disease and Alzheimer's Disease). As second research topic, Keller works together with Curetis on new genetic resistance tests for improved care of patients with infectious diseases.