University of Wuerzburg
The University of Wuerzburg was founded in 1402 and covers the full spectrum of academic higher education. In recent years, it has gained a high profile in biomedical research ranking among the top three German universities.
The Department of Human Genetics - besides its academic duties in teaching and research - runs one of the largest clinical genetic laboratories in Germany for molecular genetics with a focus on neuromuscular disorders. This includes patient-related activities at the University Hospital and consultations in clinical genetics with paediatricians, neurologists, gynaecologists and others.
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Professor Clemens R. Mueller is the co-leader of WP5. This work package deals with quality control issues in chip validation and application.
Professor Mueller is a molecular geneticist and has been director of the DNA diagnostic laboratory since 1985 with a focus on neuromuscular and coagulation disorders. Since 1994 he has been coordinator of the external quality assessment (EQA) program for clinical molecular genetics of the German Society of Human Genetics. He is a certified inspector for laboratory ISO-accreditation in human genetics.
He also serves as member of the management group in the EU projects European Molecular Genetics Quality Network (EMQN) and Certified Reference Materials for Genetic Testing (CRMGEN). He has organized and provided several national and European EQA schemes and has been nominated by the Federal Department of Health as an expert on the OECD Biotechnology working group.
Kai started studying Biology with the focus on Biotechnology, Microbiology and Human Genetics at the University of Wuerzburg in 1998. His diploma thesis was about establishing a method for automated fragment analysis at the Department of Human Genetics. For his Ph.D. thesis he changed to the Institute of Physiological Chemistry II and worked about the initial steps of bone development.
After a short period in a human genetics lab in Stuttgart, Kai returned to the Department of Human Genetics in Wuerzburg and started to work for the NMD-Chip project.
He is just finishing writing his Ph.D. thesis and works as an assistant for Clemens Mueller in WP5.