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Visual inspection is often a first step in identifying key features of data. The high dimensionality of biological data sets prohibits an intuitive understanding and requires advanced visualization techniques. Our group develops visualization tools to support researchers in inspecting different types of biological data, e.g. for automatic tracking of cells in live cell imaging, displaying locations of SNPs on a caryogram, linking human cytomegalovirus drug resistance mutations to phenotypes, or visualizing the stability of selected gene subsets. Our heavily used VennMaster software provides algorithms to display area-proportional Venn diagrams of set intersections.

An area-proportional Venn diagram of GO categories


Selected publications


L. Lausser, C. Müssel, M. Maucher, and H. A. Kestler. Measuring and visualizing the stability of biomarker selection techniques. Computational Statistics, 28(1):51–65, 2013.

J. Huth, M. Buchholz, J. M. Kraus, K. Molhave, C. Gradinaru, G. von Wichert, T. M. Gress, H. Neumann, and H. A. Kestler. TimeLapseAnalyzer: multi-target analysis for live-cell imaging and time-lapse microscopy. Comput Methods Programs Biomed, 104(2):227–34, 2011.

M. Chevillotte, J. von Einem, B. M. Meier, F. M. Lin, H. A. Kestler, and T. Mertens. A new tool linking human cytomegalovirus drug resistance mutations to resistance phenotypes. Antiviral Res., 85:318–327, 2010.

H. A. Kestler, A. Müller, J. M. Kraus, M. Buchholz, T. M. Gress, H. Liu, D. W. Kane, B. R. Zeeberg, and J. N. Weinstein. VennMaster: Area-proportional Euler diagrams for functional GO analysis of microarrays. BMC Bioinformatics, 9(1):67, 2008.

A. Müller, K.-H. Holzmann, and H. A. Kestler. Visualization of genomic aberrations using Affymetrix SNP arrays. Bioinformatics, 23(4):496–7, 2007.

H. A. Kestler, A. Müller, M. Buchholz, T. Gress, and G. Palm. A perceptually optimized scheme for vsiualizing gene expression ratios with confidence values. In E. André, L. Dybkjær, W. Minker, H. Neumann, and M. Weber, editors, Perception and Interactive Technologies (PIT 06), volume LNAI 4021, pages 73–84. Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg, 2006.

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Latest News


Our paper "GatekeepR: an R shiny application for the identification of nodes with high dynamic impact in boolean networks" has been published online first in Bioinformatics.


Our paper "The Necessity of Interoperability to Uncover the Full Potential of Digital Health Devices" has been published in JMIR Medical Informatics.


"Multicentric pilot study to standardize clinical whole exome sequencing (WES) for cancer patients" has been published in npj Precision Oncology.


Our paper "AMBAR-interactive alteration annotations for molecular tumor boards" has been published in Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine.


"A protocol for the use of cloud-based quantum computers for logical network analysis of biological systems" has been published in STAR Protocols.


Our paper "A systems biology approach to define mechanisms, phenotypes, and drivers in PanNETs with a personalized perspective" has been published in npj systems biology and applications.


"Supporting SURgery with GEriatric Co-Management and AI (SURGE-Ahead): A study protocol for the development of a digital geriatrician" has been published in PLoS One.


"Self-Assessment of Having COVID-19 With the Corona Check Mhealth App" has been published in IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics.

Our first quantum computing paper "Leveraging quantum computing for dynamic analyses of logical networks in systems biology" has been published in Patterns.