Bielefeld University, Center for Biotechnology (CeBiTec)

Head of Technology Platform Genomics, CeBiTec, Bielefeld University
Professor and Head of Research Group Microbial Genomics, Faculty of Biology, Bielefeld University

Bielefeld University
CeBiTec, G2-121
Universitätsstr. 27
33615 Bielefeld, Germany

+49 521 106-8756



Background and expertise of the representative

Jörn Kalinowski has a long-standing expertise in genome and post-genome research, especially in secondary metabolite-producing actinobacteria. He was and is involved in several national and international research projects funded by public or private institutions. Prof. Kalinowski is the head of the Technology Platform Genomics at the CeBiTec, a department comprising genome and transcriptome sequencing machines as well as mass spectrometers for proteomics and metabolomics. Together with a high-level bioinformatics infrastructure, the Technology Platform is renowned for genome-based microbial biotechnology. Under Prof. Kalinowski’s lead, several genomes of natural products-producing organisms have been established, not only from actinobacteria, but also from other bacteria, fungi, plants, or even from uncultivated bacterial phyla. He has a track record of more than 300 peer-reviewed scientific publications and an h-index (scientific research impact) of 57.

Organisation profile

Bielefeld University was founded in 1969 with an explicit research assignment and a mission to provide high-quality research-oriented teaching. The University encompasses 13 faculties covering a broad spectrum of disciplines in the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and technology. With more than 24,000 students in 115 degree courses and around 2,750 staff members (including 269 professors and lecturers as well as 1,390 academic staff) it is one of Germany's medium-sized universities.

Bielefeld University's research strengths are reflected regularly in rankings such as the German Research Foundation's (DFG) Funding Atlas, the Centre for Higher Education's CHE Research Ranking, and the Humboldt Ranking of popularity among international visiting academics. DFG's Funding Atlas 2015 ranks Bielefeld University 8th in Germany relative to subject structure and the number of professors and 4th relative to the number of research staff. In the renowned Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2016), Bielefeld University is Number 22 among the top universities under 50 years old in the world, making it Number 4 in Germany.

Bielefeld University conducts top-level research in four strategic research areas, which share common methodological grounds via three cross-cutting topics. These areas are interdisciplinary by nature, each involving several faculties and central academic institutes. They are backed by a number of collaborative research projects at the highest international level as well as by individual third-party funded projects. Although the strategic research areas mainly focus on cutting-edge basic research, they also reach out into applications and society, true to Bielefeld University's motto of "Transcending Boundaries".

The Center for Biotechnology – CeBiTec – is one of the largest faculty-spanning central academic institutions at Bielefeld University. Its purpose is to bundle the biotechnological activities and research projects at the university, to foster cross-linking of research approaches and technologies from different research fields and to develop innovative projects within its two main research areas: Large Scale Genomics and Big Data Bioinformatics and Metabolic Engineering of Unicellular Systems and Bioproduction. The availability of comprehensive technological infrastructure as being provided by CeBiTec’s Technology Platforms is crucial for a successful scientific work. The CeBiTec hosts the coordination office of the German Network for Bioinformatics Infrastructure (de.NBI) that is the German ELIXIR node. Furthermore, the CeBiTec considers itself as a central communication platform and a “think tank” of the university with respect to initiatives and activities with a dedicated biotechnological perspective.

Secondary metabolite and, especially antibiotics research is carried out at different departments at Bielefeld University, namely the Faculties for Biology, Chemistry and the Technical Faculty. Researchers of all these research activities are members of CeBiTec and several of these research projects are located directly at CeBitec labs.

Contribution to the network

Jörn Kalinowski will contribute with his expertise in genomics, metagenomics, transcriptomics, and other post-genomics methods, including the necessary bioinformatics to the network. In addition, he will provide access to his own and the CeBiTec’s academic, governmental and commercial network.