Welcome to the eilslabs

The eilslabs form a joint research group between the division "Theoretical Bioinformatics" at the German Cancer Research Center (dkfz) and the department Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics at the Institute of Pharmacy and Molecular Biotechnology (IPMB) at Heidelberg University. The group is headed by Prof. Roland Eils.




The Helmholtz PhD Award is assigned to six young scientists for their accomplishments in key areas of modern science (Energy, Earth and Environment, Health, Aerospace and Transportation, Key Technologies, Structure of Matter). With this award, the Helmholtz-Society wants to encourage talented scientists to continue pursuing their research interests in the long term. The prize is endowed with 5.000 EUR and an allowance of 2.000 EUR per month “scholarship” to conduct research in an international institution for up to six months. The prize was awarded by the Federal Minister for Education and Research, Dr. Johanna Wanka, during a ceremony on September 18 in Berlin.

Natalie Jäger, former PhD student in the eilslabs, was awarded in the category Health, based on her outstanding achievements in uncovering genetic alterations in medullablastoma and astrocytoma, the most common malignant brain tumours in children. Throughout her PhD she was an important figure in the DKFZ-Project “PedBrain Tumour”, which is funded by the BMBF and the German Cancer Aid to shed light on the genetic causes of paediatric brain tumours. Her findings are of great importance for the development of new therapeutics against specific types and subtypes of brain cancer.

Jäger earned her doctorate on the thesis “Computational analysis of cancer genome sequencing data – the genetic landscape of paediatric brain tumours and X chromosome hypermutation” in 2014. She now works as a Postdoc in the lab of Michael Snyder at Stanford University in Berkeley, USA.