Co-lead, Monogenic Disease

Katja Lohmann, PhD

University of Luebeck

Katja is an associate professor for molecular genetics of rare diseases within the Institute of Neurogenetics at the University of Luebeck, Germany. She studied biology at the Universities of Dresden and Halle-Wittenberg, Germany, and then joined the Institute of Human Genetics and the Department of Neurology at the University of Luebeck, Germany to perform her PhD studies under the supervision of Christine Klein. As part of her PhD studies, Katja was trained in functional analyses in Dr. Xandra O. Breakefield’s laboratory at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA. Subsequently, she was taught in linkage analysis by Dr. Patricia L. Kramer at the Oregon Health and Sciences University in Portland, Oregon, USA. Further, Katja gained insights into exome sequencing strategies during a research stay at the Institute of Human Genetics at the St Radboud University in Nijmegen (Netherlands) with Dr. Alexander Hoischen. Katja has published many peer-reviewed papers in the field of molecular genetics of Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, and other movement disorders as well as neurodevelopmental disorders. Major achievements include the identification and characterization of several novel disease genes by exome and genome sequencing.