• Graduate School DILS

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Digital Infrastructure for the Life Sciences

Our graduate school is part of the Bielefeld Institute for Bioinformatics Infrastructure (BIBI). An important goal of BIBI, in cooperation with researchers from ZB MED - Information Centre for Life Sciences, the German Network for Bioinformatics Infrastructure (de.NBI), and the Center for Biotechnology (CeBiTec), is to establish the new research profile “Service Science in the Life Sciences” on an international level. To this end, young researchers are important for the development and advancement of bioinformatics methods and services.

The graduate school promotes young researchers by offering a comprehensive doctoral program:

  • a broad research program with common focus, supervised by a team of experienced PIs at Bielefeld University and ZB MED
  • an individual qualification program comprising dedicated lectures, hands-on tutorials, as well as mentoring and professional skill seminars to support careers on and off the academic track
  • joint workshops and retreats
  • central management and quality control by scientific coordination


All DILS news are also tweeted on X (@GradSchool_DILS).

  • 17 November 2023: Thank you all for our great retreat at ISAS in Dortmund, in particular Robert for hosting us, and Daniel and Michael for the tutorial🤡! We welcome Alexander in our DILS faculty, and Luna and Vanessa as new affiliated PhD students. Welcome on board!
  • 27 September 2023: Our first joint Bielefeld-ZB MED PhD student defended. Congratulations, Lisa!👩‍🎓
  • 02 May 2023: Congratulations on your defense, Janik! 🎉
  • 25 April 2023: We congratulate Katharina on her defense! 🥂
  • 20 January 2023: The first - and very successful - defense of a DILS member. Congratulations, Sebastian! 👨‍🎓
  • 23 November 2022: Welcome, Emanuel, in our graduate school!
  • 24 October 2022: We are looking back on a successful workshop with many great talks – and some social interaction after work: manually solving an “assembly problem” of quite a different nature. 🏎️ We also welcome Robert in our faculty and Leonard, Manuel and Max as new affiliated PhD students.
  • 29 Oct 2021: Thank you all for having this great retreat together! We welcome Daniela in our DILS faculty and Luca as a new affiliated PhD student. Welcome on board!
  • 27 Jul 2021: DILS students elected new representatives. Katharina Sielemann is our new student speaker, and Andreas Rempel remains our vice student speaker. Congratulations and thanks for your commitment!
  • 17 Jun 2021: DILS has now its third first-authored publication in 2021: Publications
  • 16 Apr 2021: We welcome a new PhD student in our graduate school: Hanna Schilbert.
  • 04 Jan 2021: Andreas Rempel: “For those of you interested in whole genome approaches to phylogenetic reconstruction, I'm happy to share a new bioRxiv preprint.”
  • 18 Dec 2020: The revised doctoral study regulations “Bioinformatics” are officially published.
  • 16 Dec 2020: We welcome Lisa Langnickel as new PhD student!
  • 20 Nov 2020: Tizian Schulz will present at the Pangaia Seminar Series on Dec. 7
  • 22 Sep 2020: The latest article of our DILS member Katharina Sielemann: "The reuse of public datasets in the life sciences: potential risks and rewards"
  • 03 Sep 2020: “Detecting High Scoring Local Alignments in Pangenome Graphs” is now available on bioRxiv.
  • 19 Jun 2020: We welcome a new PhD student in our graduate school: Muhammad Elhossary from ZB MED.
  • 29 Apr 2020: “Reference-based QUantification Of gene-Dispensability (QUOD)” is now available on bioRxiv.
  • 2 April 2020: “Comparison of Read Mapping and Variant Calling Tools for the Analysis of Plant NGS Data” published in Plants.
  • 12 Mar 2020: Our DILS website is now reachable via bibi.uni-bielefeld.de/dils.
  • 20 Feb 2020: Our DILS publication list got its first entry. Congratulations, Katharina!
  • 31 Jan 2020: DILS students elected their representatives. Tizian Schulz is our student speaker, and Andreas Rempel our vice student speaker. Congratulations and thanks for your commitment!
  • 28 Jan 2020: Yeah! DILS is on Twitter.