Center for Computational and Theoretical Biology

Markus Ankenbrand

PhD student

Tel: 0931 31-8575




I’m a PhD student of life sciences at the University of Würzburg. As a fellow of the Graduate School of Life Sciences I started my PhD in July 2014.

My research interests are the development and application of algorithms, tools and workflows to generate knowledge from biological data. I want to use the vast amount of publicly available data and software to unravel some of life’s mysteries. I believe in open source, open data, open science and reproducible research. Currently my focus is on genomics and molecular biodiversity.


[ 2016 ] [ 2015 ] [ 2013 ]

2016 [ nach oben ]

  • Venus flytrap carnivorous lifestyle builds on herbivore defense strategies. Bemm, F.; Becker, D.; Larisch, C.; Kreuzer, I.; Escalante-Perez, M.; Schulze, W. X.; Ankenbrand, M.; Van de Weyer, A. L.; Krol, E.; Al-Rasheid, K. A.; Mithofer, A.; Weber, A. P.; Schultz, J.; Hedrich, R. in Genome Res. (2016). 26(6) 812--825.
  • TBro: visualization and management of de novo transcriptomes. Ankenbrand, Markus J.; Weber, Lorenz; Becker, Dirk; Förster, Frank; Bemm, Felix in Database (2016). 2016
  • DNA-Metabarcoding – ein neuer Blick auf organismische Diversität. Keller, Alexander; Grimmer, Gudrun; Sickel, Wiebke; Ankenbrand, Markus J in BioSpektrum (2016). 22 147-150.
  • biojs-io-biom, a BioJS component for handling data in Biological Observation Matrix (BIOM) format. Ankenbrand, Markus J.; Terhoeven, Niklas; Hohlfeld, Sonja; Förster, Frank; Keller, Alexander in F1000Research (2016). 5 2348.
  • bcgTree: automatized phylogenetic tree building from bacterial core genomes. Ankenbrand, Markus J; Keller, Alexander in Genome (2016). 59 783-791.

2015 [ nach oben ]

  • ITS2 Database V: Twice as Much. Ankenbrand, M. J.; Keller, A.; Wolf, M.; Schultz, J.; Forster, F. in Mol. Biol. Evol. (2015). 32(11) 3030--3032.
  • ITS2 Database V: Twice as Much. Ankenbrand, Markus J.; Keller, Alexander; Wolf, Matthias; Schultz, Jörg; Förster, Frank in Molecular Biology and Evolution (2015). 32(11) 3030-3032.
  • Increased efficiency in identifying mixed pollen samples by meta-barcoding with a dual-indexing approach. Sickel, Wiebke; Ankenbrand, Markus; Grimmer, Gudrun; Holzschuh, Andrea; Härtel, Stephan; Lanzen, Jonathan; Steffan-Dewenter, Ingolf; Keller, Alexander in BMC Ecology (2015). 15 20.
  • Evaluating multiplexed next-generation sequencing as a method in palynology for mixed pollen samples. Keller, Alexander; Danner, Nadja; Grimmer, Gudrun; Ankenbrand, Markus; von der Ohe, Katharina; von der Ohe, Werner; Rost, Simone; Härtel, Stephan; Steffan-Dewenter, Ingolf in Plant Biology (2015). 17 558-566.

2013 [ nach oben ]

  • Compensatory Base Changes in ITS2 Secondary Structures Correlate with the Biological Species Concept Despite Intragenomic Variability in ITS2 Sequences textendash A Proof of Concept. Wolf, Matthias; Chen, Shilin; Song, Jingyuan; Ankenbrand, Markus; Müller, Tobias in PLoS ONE, (J. E. Stajich, red.) (2013). 8(6) e66726.