Genomics and Bioinformatics

Dr. Jochen Wilhelm

Jochen Wilhelm is senior scientist at the Institute for Lung Health (ILH), Justus Liebig University Giessen (JLU), Germany, where he leads the platform “Genomics and Bioinformatics”. He is also faculty member at the German Center for Lung Research (Deutsches Zentrum für Lungenforschung, DZL) and chief statistician of the European IPF Registry and Biobank (eurIPFreg).

Jochen Wilhelm was born in Giessen and studies Biology and practical informatics at the JLU Giessen. After receiving his Diploma in Biology, he received a scholarship of the graduate college “Molecular biology and pharmacology” and finished his PhD (Dr. rer. nat) in Biochemistry at the department of biochemistry in the faculty of biology. After his PhD he started a lab for microarray analyses in a collaborative research centre in the faculty of medicine and became principle investigator for biostatistics and microarray analytics at the Max-Plack-Institute for Heart and Lung Research in Bad Nauheim. Since this time he is given lectures for biostatistics and bioinformatics in the PhD program Molecular Biology and Medicine of the Lung (MBML) at the University of Giessen and Marburg Lung Center (UGMLC). As UGMLC faculty member and head of the UGMLC microarray core facility he also became principle investigator for systems biology of the lung at the DZL. Dr. Wilhelm is currently project leader of the central resource facility Virus genomics and host transcriptomics of the collaborative research centre 1021 (RNA viruses) and of the core unit Genome signatures  of pathogen-host interaction in the infected and injured lung of the clinical research unit 309 (Virus-induced lung injury). He published 114 research papers (up to 03/2021) in well-renowned scientific journals such as Nature Metabolism, Nature Communications, Circulation, Journal of Clinical Investigation, American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, European Respiratory Journal, Cardiovascular Research, Thorax, Clinical Chemistry, Nucleic Acids Research and others. He contributed chapters in several books about gene expression measurement technologies.

With the platform genomics and bioinformatics, Dr. Wilhelm provides a core facility for the measurement and the analysis of high-throughput genomic and transcriptomic data via DNA microarrays and next-generation sequencing. This includes the continuous development and establishment of new molecular biology protocols from single-cell transcriptomics to ATAC-seq and bioinformatics tools and pipelines. In addition, Dr. Wilhelm provides statistical consultation for planning experiments and studies and provides help in analysing experimental data with state-of-the art methods.


Dr. Jochen Wilhelm
Institute for lung health (ILH)
Member of the German Center for Lung Research (DZL)
Universities of Giessen and Marburg Lung Center (UGMLC)
Justus Liebig University Giessen
Aulweg 132
35392 Giessen

Tel: +49 (0) 641 99 36470 (office)
Tel: +49 (0) 641 99 36463 (lab)