Group Leader and Senior Scientist, Genome Biology Unit, European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) Heidelberg, Germany.


Dr. Korbel is an interdisciplinary scientist working at the interface of human genetics and computational biology and, in spite of his young age, he is among of the leading scientists investigating a key class of genetic variations i.e. Structural Variation (SV) and their consequences in germinal and somatic cells. Dr. Korbel has had leading roles with the 1000 Genomes Project (1000GP) and is co-leading the Pan-Cancer Analysis of Whole Genomes (PCAWG) project. Dr. Korbel’s exceptional accomplishments have resulted in numerous high impact publications (including 16 in Nature, 2 in Cell, 2 in Science, in addition to those in Nature Genetics, Nature Biotechnology and Cancer Cell).

Dr. Jan Korbel was officially awarded by the Pezcoller President E. Galligioni and the EACR President A. Barnes in a plenary session at EACR 25, the 25° Biennial Congress of the European Association for Cancer Research, on July 3, 2018, in Amsterdam, where Jan Korbel gave the Pezcoller Foundation – EACR Cancer Researcher Award Lecture: From Genomic Variation to Molecular Mechanism.


Following the recently established collaboration between the Pezcoller Foundation and the Science Museum in Trento (MUSE), the winner of the PEZCOLLER FOUNDATION – EACR CANCER RESEARCHER AWARD was invited for a Conference to general population on November 15, 2018. In that Conference, organized concurrently with the Human Genome exhibition at MUSE, Jan Korbel gave his talk on “Convergence Science” in the hall of Muse, in the presence of numerous attendants.
Jan Korbel at the Conference on Convergence Science
Jan Korbel visiting the Human Genome exhibition
Jan Korbel visiting the Human Genome exhibition
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