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Curricular Teaching

The cross-sectional course 1 (Querschnittsbereich 1, QB1) is part of the core curriculum for medical students and consists of 5 parts:

  • Etiology and Risk
  • Diagnosis and Prognosis
  • Intervention
  • Medical Informatics
  • Genetic Epidemiology

The Institute of Genetic Epidemiology participates in teaching QB1.

Coordination: Institute of Medical Biometry and Statistics
Further Information: https://www.uniklinik-freiburg.de/imbi/stud-le/qb-1.html
Course number: 04LE58V-EpiQB001-0

The cross-sectional course 3 (Querschnittsbereich 3, QB3) is part of the core curriculum for medical students.

The Institute of Genetic Epidemiology participates in teaching QB3.

Coordination: Institute of Medical Biometry and Statistics
Further Information: https://www.uniklinik-freiburg.de/imbi/stud-le/qb-3.html
Course number: 04LE57V-GÖQB003-01

This seminar is held for Master students of Molecular Medicine (https://www.molekularmedizin.uni-freiburg.de). The Institute of Genetic Epidemiology participates in teaching.

Course number: 04LE59S-MSc440



This seminar is part of the core curriculum for medical students. Medical staff of the Institute of Genetic Epidemiology participates in teaching.

Course number: 04LE59P-InneBP001-01

Basic knowledge on research methods and statistics is not only relevant for preparing a doctoral thesis and (future) research projects, but also in clinical practice allowing physicians to practice best patient care.

This mandatory seminar for students of the 2nd semester in pre-med is based on didactic concepts of team-learning and is supported by tutors. Lecturers/Professors from different disciplines like Genetic Epidemiology are available in Q&A Sessions and as mentors.

Coordination: Medical Psychology and Medical Sociology
Further Information: https://www.mps.uni-freiburg.de/lehre/wdh/seminar_wdh
Course number: 04LE57S-MPsy0215PF


Extracurricular Teaching

The Bioinformatics Club serves as a platform for the scientific exchange between people working in (medical) bioinformatics and related fields of medicine and statistics of the Medical Center - University of Freiburg, associated institutions, the 11th Faculty of the University of Freiburg, and the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics.

At monthly meetings, methods, software, analytical challenges and potential solutions - especially in the context of high-dimensional data such as genome sequences - are presented and discussed.

The Institute of Genetic Epidemiology is coordinating the seminar.

Further information can be found here.

Course number: 04LE58T-GenEpiS2FA

Staff members of the Institute of Genetic Epidemiology as well as interested students and scientists meet every other Tuesday at 11:30 am for training purposes.

Meeting point: Conference room (R 004A, ground-floor), Hugstetter Str. 49 / Online

We are pleased about the participation of interested guests!

Registration: Participation is only possible after contacting our administrative office (bemb.ge.info@uniklinik-freiburg.de).

Course number: 04LE58S-GenEpiS1FA


Name of the Lecturer



Sara Monteiro-Martins

Genetic determinants of MRI-based kidney volumes in the UK Biobank


Ulla Schultheiß, Jakob Möller

Sex differences in CKD


Matthias Wuttke

Clinical Implementation of Polygenic Risk Scores


Peggy Sekula

Regression vs Machine Learning / AI


Sara Monteiro-Martins

GWAS annotation pipeline (based on ProGeM)


Oleg Borisov

Genomic data in the All of Us Research Program


Elena Butz

Mediation analysis and mendelian randomization: The example of early life adiposity and breast cancer risk


Nora Scherer

Rare variant associations with plasma protein levels in the UK Biobank


Yong Li

FORGEdb: a tool for identifying candidate functional variants and uncovering target genes and mechanisms for complex diseases


Sonja Albers

Do Archaea play a role in Human health and disease?


Ulla Schultheiß



Matthias Wuttke

The landscape of tolerated genetic variation in humans and primates (second part)


Matthias Wuttke

The landscape of tolerated genetic variation in humans and primates


Peggy Sekula

Evaluation of disease trajectories


Stefan Haug, Oleg Borisov, Sara Monteiro Martins

ChatGPT and other generative AI systems as tool for researchers


Gabriel Loeb

Genotype to phenotype - Learning mechanisms of kidney disease from human genetics


Nora Scherer

Adjusting for common variant polygenic scores improves yield in rare variant association analyses


Fujii Ryosuke

Multi-Marker Modeling to identify genes directly relevant to kidney function


Elena Butz

New (and European) equations for eGFR


Oleg Borisov

Multi-trait colocalization with HyPrColoc


Yong Li

15 years of GWAS discovery: Realizing the promise


Sara Monteiro Martins

Overview of TWAS analysis and how can we include splicing information; Integrating transcription factor occupancy with transcriptome-wide association analysis identifies susceptibility genes in human cancers


Stefan Haug

Introduction to Spatial Transcriptomics: Spatially Resolved Transcriptomic Analysis of Acute Kidney Injury

This Course establishes a framework to design, present and discuss scientific projects in the area of Genetic Epidemiology. At each weekly meeting, a single project is presented and discussed in more detail, with topics of general interest covered each week.

Registration: Participation after registration at Institute’s administrative office (bemb.ge.info@uniklinik-freiburg.de).
Course number: 04LE58S-GenEpiS3FA

This Seminar offers the opportunity to present projects at the Institute or external projects with a focus on the analysis of Metabolomics data and their integration with other -Omics data. Issues related to data processing and analysis and possible solutions are discussed, and implemented solutions and analysis results are reviewed.

Registration: Participation after registration at Institute’s secretariat (bemb.ge.info@uniklinik-freiburg.de).
Course number: 04LE58S-GenEpiS5FA

The MentoMed II program is a mentoring-program for medical students in their second part of the medical curriculum. The program is provided for medical students by the Medical Faculty of the University of Freiburg. Here, students (mentees) regularly meet up with physicians (mentors) for mentoring sessions to benefit from the physician’s expertise and past experiences.

Students, who are interested in becoming a Mentee in the MentoMed II program can register for one-on-one or group mentorings for two semesters. The assigned mentors are physicians working in the clinic or in research. Medical staff from the Institute of Genetic Epidemiology is actively participating in the Mentoring-program.

Aim of the Mentoring is to deliver insights into the daily routine of the mentors and their occupational history. The mentees also have the possibility to ask questions on subjects of interest, like carrier planning, medical thesis, internships, practical year, family and job possibilities. Mentors can offer advice, extra information, contact information for internships or help focusing on potential future aims.

Further Information: https://www.medizinstudium.uni-freiburg.de/studierendeinfo/mentoring/mentoring-ii