Group Member: Christoph Bock

Contact Details

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  • Phone (office): +43-140160-70070
  • Phone (travel): +1-765-CHR-BOCK
  • Personal website:

Research Interests

  • Bioinformatic methods and software for epigenetic data analysis
  • Regulation of DNA methylation in blood stem cell differentiation
  • Epigenetic biomarkers and genomic medicine for leukemia

Academic Employment

  • Since 2012: Principal Investigator at CeMM (website); Guest Professor at the Medical University of Vienna (website); Scientific Coordinator of the Biomedical Sequencing Facility (website)
  • 2009 to 2011: Postdoctoral fellow (Humboldt Foundation & King Trust) at the Broad Institute (websiteand the Harvard Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology (website). Supervisor: Alexander Meissner
  • Since 2008: Adjunct group leader for Computational Epigenetics in the Department of Computational Biology of the Max Planck Institute for Informatics (website)
  • 2004 to 2008: PhD student in the Department of Computational Biology at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics (website). Supervisor: Thomas Lengauer

Academic Degrees

  • Oct. 2008: PhD in bioinformatics & computer science, Saarland University & Max Planck Institute for Informatics (website). Supervisors: Prof. Thomas Lengauer and Prof. Jörn Walter
  • Jul. 2004: Master’s degree in computer science and business information systems at the University of Mannheim (website)
  • Jun. 2002 / Jul. 2004: Completion of the EU-sponsored degree scheme "European Master of Business Science" at the University of Wales in Swansea (website) and the University of Mannheim (website)

Scholarships and Awards

  • 2015: European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant (2016 - 2021)
  • 2014: Austrian Academy of Sciences New Frontiers Group award (2015 - 2020)
  • 2011: Charles A. King Trust Fellowship Award (King Trust / Bank of America)
  • 2010: Eduard Martin Award (outstanding thesis award, Saarland University)
  • 2009 - 2011: Feodor Lynen Fellowship by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
  • 2009: EMBO Long-term Fellowship (declined in favor of the Lynen fellowship)
  • 2009: Otto Hahn Medal (the Max Planck Society’s award for outstanding PhD theses)
  • 2008: PhD awarded with highest grade (summa cum laude, external referee: Prof. Martin Vingron)
  • 2005 - 2008: Postgraduate research fellowship by the German National Academic Foundation
  • 2004: Undergraduate research scholarship by Japan’s International Science & Technology Exchange Center 
  • 2003: Undergraduate research scholarship by the German Academic Exchange Service and the National Science Council of Taiwan
  • 2001 - 2002: Academic exchange scholarship by the EU (ERASMUS) and German National Academic Foundation
  • 2000 - 2004: Undergraduate student scholarship by the German National Academic Foundation


  • Paper reviewing (selection): Nature, Science, eLife, Cell Stem Cell, Nature Biotechnology, Nature Methods, Nature Medicine, Nature Genetics, Nature Reviews Genetics, PLOS Computational Biology
  • Grant reviewing (selection): European Research Council (member of ERC Starting Grant panel LS2 2016 and ad hoc reviewer for ERC Advanced Grant panel LS2), Horizon 2020 (EU), FP7 (EU), National Science Founda-tion (US), Wellcome Trust (UK), Medical Research Council (UK), Institut National Du Cancer (F), Agence Nationale de la Recherche (F), INSERM (F), German Research Foundation (D) 
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