Jan Korbel is a group leader in the Genome Biology Research Unit of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany. Jan pursued his Ph.D. research at EMBL Heidelberg, and his postdoctoral research at Yale University in New Haven, CT, USA. Over the past few years the Korbel group has been developing massively-parallel sequencing technology, and computational biology, based approaches to characterize the mechanisms of formation and functional consequences of genetic variation, particularly genomic structural variation, in the normal population and in the context of human diseases (specifically cancer). One main research focus is in dissecting the molecular basis of complex forms of structural variation using computational biology and molecular biology.
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