Kliniken & Institute … Institute Institut für… Wir über uns Mitarbeiter/innen Lorenzo Bermejo, Justo …

Prof. Dr. Justo Lorenzo Bermejo

Telefon: +49-(0)6221 56 4180
Telefax: +49-(0)6221 56 4195
E-mail: lorenzo(at)imbi.uni-heidelberg.de
Adresse: Im Neuenheimer Feld 130.3, 69120 Heidelberg

Research interests:

  • Robust and Bayesian methods in Statistical Genetics
  • Identification of genetic and epigenetic markers for a personalized prevention and treatment of gallbladder cancer
  • (Epi)genetic characterization of breast cancer in Colombia

Professional career:

Since 2009

Leader of the Statistical Genetics Group, Institute of Medical Biometry and Informatics, University Hospital Heidelberg, Germany

Main tasks: Methodological and applied genetic research, supervision of PhD students, lecturer in Epidemiology and Medical Biostatistics

Since 2003

Scientist, Research Group Molecular Genetics of Breast cancer and Division of Molecular Genetic Epidemiology, German Cancer Research Center

Main tasks: Statistical support in the design and analysis of genetic studies

2002 - 2003

Three-month scientific stay at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

Consultant in the IT company ‘Information-Works GmbH’, Hamburg, Germany

Main tasks: Support of banks, pharmaceutical and insurance companies as statistician and system developer, lecturer in Data Mining at the Institute of Business Information Technology, University of Hamburg, Germany

1998 - 2002

Scientific assistant, Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel, Germany

Main tasks: Development of statistical methods for the analysis of genetic data, teaching and supervision of university students


2015 Professorship, University of Heidelberg


Habilitation (Postdoctoral thesis) in Epidemiology and Medical Biometry, University of Heidelberg

1998 - 2002

PhD in Quantitative Genetics, University of Kiel (CAU), Germany

1993 - 2003

Mathematics, Spanish Open University (UNED), Spain


Master of Business Administration (MBA), Business School of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

1990 - 1997

Engineering, Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM), Spain

Research projects:

Collaborations with four Chilean universities (Universidad de Chile, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Universidad Austral de Chile and Universidad de Tarapacá), the US National Cancer Institute, University College London and the Karolinska Institute in Sweden on gallbladder cancer research

ERA-NET on Translational Cancer Research "Personalized prevention of colorectal neoplasia by use of genetic variability for the prediction of efficacy and symptoms/toxicity of treatment with COX-2 inhibitors and aspirin"

Professional activities:


Chair of the Scientific Program Committee, International Genetic Epidemiology Society

Since 2013

Member of the Ethics Committee, Heidelberg Medical Faculty
Speaker of the Working Group Population Genetics and Genome Analysis, International Biometrical Society, German Region

Since 2012

Member of the Committee on Ethical, Legal and Social Issues of the International Genetic Epidemiology Society


Teaching portfolio:

Since 2014

Introduction to Bioinformatics, Master in Medical Biometry/Biostatistics, University of Heidelberg

Since 2012

Biostatistics, Statistical Genetics and Genetic Epidemiology, Postgraduate course on Medical Informatics, Universidad de Chile, Santiago de Chile
Introduction to Bayesian Statistics, Master in Medical Biometry/Biostatistics, University of Heidelberg

Since 2011

Genetic Epidemiology, Master of Science in Epidemiology, Institute of Medical Biometry, Epidemiology and Informatics, Mainz Medical University
Statistical Genetics and Genetic Epidemiology, Master in Medical Informatics, University of Heidelberg

Since 2008

Epidemiology, Major in Cancer Biology organized by the Faculty of Biosciences, University of Heidelberg, in collaboration with the German Cancer Research Center

2006 and 2008

Genetic Epidemiology, Tampere School of Public Health, Finland

Since 2005

Medical Biometry and Epidemiology, Medical Faculty, University of Heidelberg, Germany

Postgraduate supervision:

2011- 2014

Barbara Peil: Selection of study individuals to be sequenced in order to improve imputation accuracy


Maria Kabisch: Development and application of tailored statistical methods to identify genetic variants that modify breast cancer risk and outcome after adjuvant treatment with tamoxifen


Miriam Kesselmeier: Robust generalized linear models in the framework of statistical genetics


Rosa González Silos: Association tests based on allele counts for DNA sequence data


Felix Boekstegers: Novel methods for local ancestry estimation and mapping

2015 -

Svenja Pohl-Zeidler: Genetic ancestry and breast cancer in Colombia

2015 - Regina Brinster: Robust principal component analysis and genetic data integration



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