Medical Data Science


Data sciences and machine learning in medical research 

Research in medicine changed substantially in recent years. Modern high-throughput technologies, such as RNA sequencing provide data of unprecedented amount and quality. Multiple molecular layers of information, such as the transcriptome and methylome, can be assessed within individual cells, and ven with spatial resolution. 
These new data provide a valuable resource to gain insights into diseases and their patho-mechanisms. Computationally, methods have to deal with an overwhelming complexity. High-dimensional statistics and machine learning can help to resolve this complexity. However, yet, appropriate methods are rare, and need to be futher developed or adapted to deal with new, upcoming biomedical data.

Research Foci

We focus on developing computational approaches to deal with new, upcoming high-throughput data in the context of biomedical research. This comprises the development of machine learning methods for clinical decision support, and for the inference of molecular networks and mechanisms. Further, we are highly interested in applying state-of-the-art methods to solve questions that arise within research collaborations. Here, our focus is cancer research and kidney metabolomics.

Current projects

FDLP: Federated Learning in Lymphoma Pathology (2022 - 2024)
This poject supports the development of federated machine learning methods to develop models that enable the prediction of prognostic subtypes. For more information see the project site or the BMBF project site

DTD: Digital Tissue Deconvolution
In this project, we develop computational methods to estimate cellular compositions from bulk gene-expression data. For more details, see the project site. More...

CKDNapp: The Chronic Kidney Disease Nephrologist’s App
In this project we develop and apply computational methods to improve the treatment of patients with chronic kidney disease. For more details, see the project site. More...

Selected publications

Zacharias, H. U., Altenbuchinger, M., Schultheiss, U. T., Raffler, J., Kotsis, F., Ghasemi, S., ... & Oefner, P. J. 
A Predictive Model for Progression of CKD to Kidney Failure Based on Routine Laboratory Tests.
American Journal of Kidney Diseases. 2021

Jachimowicz, R. D., Klapper, W., Glehr, G., Müller, H., Haverkamp, H., Thorns, C., ..., Altenbuchinger, M., Rosenwald, A. 
Gene expression-based outcome prediction in advanced stage classical Hodgkin lymphoma treated with BEACOPP. 
Leukemia, 1-5. 2021

Staiger, A. M., Altenbuchinger, M., Ziepert, M., Kohler, C., Horn, H., Huttner, M., ... & Spang, R.
A novel lymphoma-associated macrophage interaction signature (LAMIS) provides robust risk prognostication in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma clinical trial cohorts of the DSHNHL. 
Leukemia, 2020, 34(2), 543-552.

Görtler, F., Schoen, M., Simeth, J., Solbrig, S., Wettig, T., Oefner, P. J., ... & Altenbuchinger, M. 
Loss-function learning for digital tissue deconvolution. 
Journal of Computational Biology, 2020, 27(3), 342-355.

Altenbuchinger, M., Rehberg, T., Zacharias, H. U., Stämmler, F., Dettmer, K., Weber, D., ... & Spang, R. 
Reference point insensitive molecular data analysis. 
Bioinformatics, 2017, 33(2), 219-226.

Altenbuchinger, M., Schwarzfischer, P., Rehberg, T., Reinders, J., Kohler, C. W., Gronwald, W., ... & Spang, R. 
Molecular signatures that can be transferred across different omics platforms
Bioinformatics, 2017; 33(14), i333-i340.

Members of the group

Currently the following people work together
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Former members of the group

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Prof. Dr. Michael Altenbuchinger

Prof. Dr. Michael Altenbuchinger

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Dr. Daniela Großmann

Dr. Daniela Großmann

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