Prof. Dr. Folker Meyer, UK Essen, Medical Data Science
Folker Meyer is Professor of Data Science at the University of Duisburg-Essen. His research interest include data science, microbiome science, microbial genomics, microbial ecology as well as distributed and cloud computing.
Meyer was a computational biologist at Argonne National Laboratory, a Professor of Bioinformatics at the Department of Medicine, University of Chicago and a senior fellow at the Computation Institute at the University of Chicago.
He trained as a computer scientists and started to work with biologists early on in his career. It was that exposure to interesting biological problems that sparked his interest in building software systems to tackle biological problems, mostly in the field of genomics or post-genomics. In the past he has been best known for his leadership role in the development of the GenDB genome annotation system, he has also played an active role in the design and implementation of several high-performance computing platforms