Gunnar Klau

Dr. Gunnar Klau heads the Life Sciences research group at CWI and is part-time full professor for Bioinformatics and Operations Research at VU University Amsterdam. He focuses on design and engineering of combinatorial algorithms and mathematical models for problems in biology and medicine. To date, Dr. Klau has directly supervised 7 post-docs and PhD students and numerous MSc students. Before joining CWI in 2008, he worked at several universities in Germany and Austria, and at the Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories in Cambridge (MA). He was member of the DFG research center Matheon in Berlin and of Kurt Mehlhorn’s group at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Saarbrücken, where he obtained his PhD in Computer Science. His PhD thesis was awarded the SAP dissertation prize. After a period of classical OR applications he turned to bioinformatics in 2002 and contributed to several  areas, ranging from structural bioinformatics to the identification of active modules in protein-interaction networks, for which he won the outstanding paper award at ISMB 2008. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles with more than 1200 citations (h-index 20), according to Google scholar. He is area editor for Life Sciences and Healthcare of the journal Operations Research Letters and a frequent programme committee member, including those of the top conferences in the field.