Issue 4 | 2022

14. December 2022

Fall is the season of the harvest, and at HITS it´s particularly abundant this year: Alexandros Stamatakis, head of the Computational Molecular Evolution group, was named one of the world’s most cited researchers for the seventh time in a row. Almost at the same time, he received 2.4 million euros from the European Commission for an ERA Chair (European Research Area). Congratulations!

In a new initiative, researchers from HITS, the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Heidelberg University Hospital and Heidelberg University collaborate to unravel the role of a certain molecule as risk modifier in individuals with a genetic cancer predisposition. In this project, data analysis and mathematical modeling play a key role. The “INDICATE” initiative is supported by the Klaus Tschira Foundation as part of the interdisciplinary project “Mathematics in Oncology.”

To enhance international exchange and scientific collaboration at HITS, we recently introduced the “Klaus Tschira Guest Professorship Program”,, inviting internationally renowned scientists for research stays at the institute. The section “Beyond the Limits” introduces Antonis Rokas, an evolutionary biologist from Vanderbilt University (USA) and the first Klaus Tschira Guest Professor, who spent three months at HITS last summer.

About HITS

The Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) was established in 2010 by the physicist and SAP co-founder Klaus Tschira (1940-2015) and the Klaus Tschira Foundation as a private, non-profit research institute. HITS conducts basic research in the natural sciences, mathematics and computer science, with a focus on the processing, structuring, and analyzing of large amounts of complex data and the development of computational methods and software. The research fields range from molecular biology to astrophysics. The shareholders of HITS are the HITS-Stiftung, which is a subsidiary of the Klaus Tschira Foundation, Heidelberg University and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). HITS also cooperates with other universities and research institutes and with industrial partners. The base funding of HITS is provided by the HITS Stiftung with funds received from the Klaus Tschira Foundation. The primary external funding agencies are the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the German Research Foundation (DFG), and the European Union.

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