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Group Member: Thomas Penz

Contact Details

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  • Phone: +43-1-40160-70063

Research Interests

  • NGS technology development
  • Personalized medicine
  • Single cell genomics/transcriptomics/epigenomics

Academic Employment

  • since March 2013: Next Generation Sequencing Technologist at the CeMM Research Center for Molecular Medicine in Vienna
  • 2009 to 2013: PhD thesis at the Department of Microbial Ecology, University of Vienna
  • 2008: Master thesis at the Department of Microbial Ecology, University of Vienna

Academic Degrees

  • 2009: Master degree in Microbiology and Genetics, University of Vienna

Publications Prior to Joining CeMM

  • The endosymbiont Amoebophilus asiaticus encodes an S-adenosylmethionine carrier that compensates for its missing methylation cycle. Haferkamp I, Penz T, Geier M, Ast M, Mushak T, Horn M, Schmitz-Esser S. J Bacteriol. 2013 Jul;195(14):3183-92.
  • Comparative genomics suggests an independent origin of cytoplasmic incompatibility in Cardinium hertigii. Penz T, Schmitz-Esser S, Kelly SE, Cass BN, Müller A, Woyke T, Malfatti SA, Hunter MS, Horn M. PLoS Genet. 2012;8(10):e1003012.
  • A bacterial genome in transition--an exceptional enrichment of IS elements but lack of evidence for recent transposition in the symbiont Amoebophilus asiaticus. Schmitz-Esser S, Penz T, Spang A, Horn M. BMC Evol Biol. 2011 Sep 26;11:270.
  • Bacteriocyte-associated gammaproteobacterial symbionts of the Adelges nordmannianae/piceae complex (Hemiptera: Adelgidae). Toenshoff ER, Penz T, Narzt T, Collingro A, Schmitz-Esser S, Pfeiffer S, Klepal W, Wagner M, Weinmaier T, Rattei T, Horn M. ISME J. 2012 Feb;6(2):384-96.
  • Unity in variety--the pan-genome of the Chlamydiae. Collingro A, Tischler P, Weinmaier T, Penz T, Heinz E, Brunham RC, Read TD, Bavoil PM, Sachse K, Kahane S, Friedman MG, Rattei T, Myers GS, Horn M. Mol Biol Evol. 2011 Dec;28(12):3253-70.
  • The genome of the amoeba symbiont "Candidatus Amoebophilus asiaticus" encodes an afp-like prophage possibly used for protein secretion. Penz T, Horn M, Schmitz-Esser S. Virulence. 2010 Nov-Dec;1(6):541-5.
  • Lawsonia intracellularis contains a gene encoding a functional rickettsia-like ATP/ADP translocase for host exploitation. Schmitz-Esser S, Haferkamp I, Knab S, Penz T, Ast M, Kohl C, Wagner M, Horn M. J Bacteriol. 2008 Sep;190(17):5746-52.
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