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Reading session updated

posted Dec 2, 2010, 4:12 PM by Jitao David Zhang   [ updated Aug 20, 2011, 6:24 AM by Jitao David Zhang ]

Ying and I have made out a reading session every week, where we will discuss the most impressive scientific papers we had read during the week. Keep the passion for the work, do the work for the passion.

Searching for job as Computational Biologist/Biostatistician

posted Aug 5, 2010, 2:38 AM by Jitao David Zhang   [ updated Dec 2, 2010, 4:15 PM ]

As a trained computational biologist at the Universtität Heidelberg and German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Heidelberg, I will finish my Ph.D. (Dr. rer. nat) training under the supervision of PD Dr. Stefan Wiemann in the last quarter of 2010. With my know-how I am applying for a career entry point in the industry, where I could work as computational biologist and/or biostatistician.

My preference lies in pharmacological and human-disease focusing companies, since my expertise in the novel field of computational biology, biostatistics and pathway/network analysis contributes to the novel research and development of the company. Careful experimental design, project-specialized analysis and integrated network analysis do not only save research cost, but also contribute to the invention of new therapeutic approaches.

I am searching a full-time position in
  • Preferentially pharmacological, human-disease focusing pharmacological/biotechnology companies,
  • preferentially located in Germany or Switzerland.
  • The position is to be filled with someone who conducts computational biology research for therapeutic and diagnosis tools with up-to-date interdisciplinary tools.
  • I would like to join a competent international team which work closely and collaborate with colleagues at bench or in the clinics.
  • the position provides chances to learn and explore new fields.
My basic profile includes:
  • Four year experience working as computational biologist and biostatistician in translational oncology research (breast cancer, GIST)
  • Rich expertise in oncological genome biology, as well as experience with data from molecular and cellular biology high-throughput platforms.
  • Experienced in target and biomarker prediction
  • Theoretical and practical expertise in programming computational and statistical software
  • Managing several high-throughput quantitative screening projects reporter-assay, high-content microscopy and profiling platforms (experiment design, quality control, statistical modelling, functional analysis, pattern recognition, network analysis)
  • Rich experience in pathway data integration and biological network analysis with data mining approaches, topology network analysis as well as network modelling approaches
  • Experienced in data management (SQL) and data exchange
  • Involved in several clinical studies on breast cancer, bladder cancer and GIST
  • Proved track record of scientific publications and peer-reviewed software distributions
  • Teaching/Coaching experience for R/Bioconductor and Biostatistics.
  • Outstanding project and time management skills

Network analysis course by IWR

posted Jul 28, 2010, 10:16 AM by Jitao David Zhang

I am on the network analysis course moderated by Dr. Nina Zweig and co in IWR of Uni Heidelberg between 26th and 30th July, 2010. It covers basic and advanced topics of network analysis as interdisciplinary approach to understand complex systems, for example biological pathway and network.

The course material can be found at

Earth Hour 2010 - March 27, local time 20:30

posted Mar 14, 2010, 8:47 AM by Jitao David Zhang   [ updated Mar 14, 2010, 8:49 AM ]

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