Bioinformatics is instrumental in all areas of molecular biology, from analysis of genome sequences towards predicting three-dimensional structure of drug-target complexes. We apply cutting-edge bioinformatics and computer science techniques for discovery of novel resistance mechanisms and predicting mode-of-action of bioactive compounds. This group is located at the Helmholtz Institute for Pharmaceutical Research Saarland (HIPS)
"It is fascinating from a theoretical point of view and essential for practical applications in the biomedical research to use modern computer science methods for the discovery of novel means to fight infectious diseases"
Prof. Dr. Olga Kalinina
Olga Kalinina received a M.Sc. degree with distinction in mathematics from the Moscow State University in 2003 and a Ph.D. from the Engelhardt Institute for Molecular Biology of the Russian Academy of Sciences in 2007. She continued her research in bioinformatics as a postdoctoral fellow at the European Laboratory for Molecular Biology, for which she was awarded an EMBO Long Term Fellowship from the European Molecular Biology Organization, and later at the University of Heidelberg, working with Prof. Dr. Robert B. Russell (2007-2011). In 2012, she established her independent junior group at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in the Department for Computational Biology and Applied Algorithmics lead by Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Lengauer, where she was researching resistance mechanisms in human viruses until 2018.