Dr. Jana Schor

(née Hertel)

Head of Data Science in bioinformatics

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Department Computational Biology
Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig

Building: Building 4.1
Room: Room 238
Phone: +49 341 235 4779
Email: jana.schor@ufz.de

Helmholtz AI - Artificial intelligence cooperation unit
Helmholtz AI associates extend the network for applied AI researchers within the Helmholtz Association to leverage the breadth of activities and strengths of our AI research.
HIDA - HH information & data science academy
The Helmholtz Information and Data Science Academy (HIDA) offers extensive training in Information and Data Science to doctoral researchers and postdocs.

The research of my group:

We focus on Data Science methods, like Machine Learning and Data Integration, to boost the extraction of knowledge from human and environmental health Big Data sets. We apply and develop respective computational methods on public and in-house data sets, mainly in the field of environmental and health research, to generate novel hypotheses, and make predictions on a large scale. To increase the credibility of our AI approaches we introduce explainability and methods for the quantification of uncertainty into our applications. We further attach great importance on the principles of reproducible research.

Infrastructure, programs and approaches:

We use the High performance computing (HPC) infrastructure at the UFZ and storage as well as data integration capabilities of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC)

We develop our software in R and Python, and provide our programs in Singularity containers and/or in public gitlab repositories at the HZDR

For training our deep learning models or other computationally expensive calculations we use the graphical processing units (GPUs) that are integrated into our servers and the HPC system.

  • Machine learning using Artificial Neural Networks and Support Vector Machines
  • Data integration of public and UFZ datasets
  • Data driven generation of hypotheses
  • Reproducible research



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Older publications processed at the Uni Leipzig and/or Uni Wien:

Professur für Bioinformatik
Institut für Informatik
Universität Leipzig
Härtelstr. 16-18
D-04107 Leipzig

Institut für Theoretische Chemie
Universität Wien
Währinger Straße 17
A-1090 Wien


3: Schmid M, Smith J, Burt DW, Aken BL, Antin PB, Archibald AL, Ashwell C,
Blackshear PJ, Boschiero C, Brown CT, Burgess SC, Cheng HH, Chow W, Coble DJ,
Cooksey A, Crooijmans RP, Damas J, Davis RV, de Koning DJ, Delany ME, Derrien T,
Desta TT, Dunn IC, Dunn M, Ellegren H, Eöry L, Erb I, Farré M, Fasold M, Fleming
D, Flicek P, Fowler KE, Frésard L, Froman DP, Garceau V, Gardner PP, Gheyas AA,
Griffin DK, Groenen MA, Haaf T, Hanotte O, Hart A, Häsler J, Hedges SB, Hertel J,
Howe K, Hubbard A, Hume DA, Kaiser P, Kedra D, Kemp SJ, Klopp C, Kniel KE, Kuo R,
Lagarrigue S, Lamont SJ, Larkin DM, Lawal RA, Markland SM, McCarthy F, McCormack
HA, McPherson MC, Motegi A, Muljo SA, Münsterberg A, Nag R, Nanda I, Neuberger M,
Nitsche A, Notredame C, Noyes H, O'Connor R, O'Hare EA, Oler AJ, Ommeh SC, Pais
H, Persia M, Pitel F, Preeyanon L, Prieto Barja P, Pritchett EM, Rhoads DD,
Robinson CM, Romanov MN, Rothschild M, Roux PF, Schmidt CJ, Schneider AS,
Schwartz MG, Searle SM, Skinner MA, Smith CA, Stadler PF, Steeves TE, Steinlein
C, Sun L, Takata M, Ulitsky I, Wang Q, Wang Y, Warren WC, Wood JM, Wragg D, Zhou
H. Third Report on Chicken Genes and Chromosomes 2015. Cytogenet Genome Res.
2015;145(2):78-179. doi: 10.1159/000430927. PubMed PMID: 26282327; PubMed Central
PMCID: PMC5120589.

2: Gardner PP, Fasold M, Burge SW, Ninova M, Hertel J, Kehr S, Steeves TE,
Griffiths-Jones S, Stadler PF. Conservation and losses of non-coding RNAs in
avian genomes. PLoS One. 2015 Mar 30;10(3):e0121797. doi:
10.1371/journal.pone.0121797. PubMed PMID: 25822729; PubMed Central PMCID:

1: Hertel J, Stadler PF. The Expansion of Animal MicroRNA Families Revisited.
Life (Basel). 2015 Mar 13;5(1):905-20. doi: 10.3390/life5010905. PubMed PMID:
25780960; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4390885.


4: Machyna M, Kehr S, Straube K, Kappei D, Buchholz F, Butter F, Ule J, Hertel
J, Stadler PF, Neugebauer KM. The coilin interactome identifies hundreds of small
noncoding RNAs that traffic through Cajal bodies. Mol Cell. 2014 Nov
6;56(3):389-99. doi: 10.1016/j.molcel.2014.10.004. PubMed PMID: 25514182.

3: Hertel J, Langenberger D, Stadler PF. Computational prediction of microRNA
genes. Methods Mol Biol. 2014;1097:437-56. doi: 10.1007/978-1-62703-709-9_20.
Review. PubMed PMID: 24639171.

2: Bartschat S, Kehr S, Tafer H, Stadler PF, Hertel J. snoStrip: a snoRNA
annotation pipeline. Bioinformatics. 2014 Jan 1;30(1):115-6. doi:
10.1093/bioinformatics/btt604. PubMed PMID: 24174566.

1: Kehr S, Bartschat S, Tafer H, Stadler PF, Hertel J. Matching of Soulmates:
coevolution of snoRNAs and their targets. Mol Biol Evol. 2014 Feb;31(2):455-67.
doi: 10.1093/molbev/mst209. PubMed PMID: 24162733.


2: Niehuis O, Hartig G, Grath S, Pohl H, Lehmann J, Tafer H, Donath A, Krauss V,
Eisenhardt C, Hertel J, Petersen M, Mayer C, Meusemann K, Peters RS, Stadler PF,
Beutel RG, Bornberg-Bauer E, McKenna DD, Misof B. Genomic and morphological
evidence converge to resolve the enigma of Strepsiptera. Curr Biol. 2012 Jul
24;22(14):1309-13. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2012.05.018. Erratum in: Curr Biol. 2013
Jul 22;23(14):1388. PubMed PMID: 22704986.

1: Hertel J, Bartschat S, Wintsche A, Otto C; Students of the Bioinformatics
Computer Lab., Stadler PF. Evolution of the let-7 microRNA family. RNA Biol. 2012
Mar;9(3):231-41. doi: 10.4161/rna.18974. PubMed PMID: 22617875; PubMed Central
PMCID: PMC3384580.


1: Tafer H, Kehr S, Hertel J, Hofacker IL, Stadler PF. RNAsnoop: efficient
target prediction for H/ACA snoRNAs. Bioinformatics. 2010 Mar 1;26(5):610-6. doi:
10.1093/bioinformatics/btp680. PubMed PMID: 20015949.


4: Copeland CS, Marz M, Rose D, Hertel J, Brindley PJ, Santana CB, Kehr S,
Attolini CS, Stadler PF. Homology-based annotation of non-coding RNAs in the
genomes of Schistosoma mansoni and Schistosoma japonicum. BMC Genomics. 2009 Oct
8;10:464. doi: 10.1186/1471-2164-10-464. PubMed PMID: 19814823; PubMed Central
PMCID: PMC2770079.

3: Stocsits RR, Letsch H, Hertel J, Misof B, Stadler PF. Accurate and efficient
reconstruction of deep phylogenies from structured RNAs. Nucleic Acids Res. 2009
Oct;37(18):6184-93. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkp600. PubMed PMID: 19723687; PubMed
Central PMCID: PMC2764418.

2: Langenberger D, Bermudez-Santana C, Hertel J, Hoffmann S, Khaitovich P,
Stadler PF. Evidence for human microRNA-offset RNAs in small RNA sequencing data.
Bioinformatics. 2009 Sep 15;25(18):2298-301. doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btp419.
PubMed PMID: 19584066.

1: Hertel J, de Jong D, Marz M, Rose D, Tafer H, Tanzer A, Schierwater B,
Stadler PF. Non-coding RNA annotation of the genome of Trichoplax adhaerens.
Nucleic Acids Res. 2009 Apr;37(5):1602-15. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkn1084. PubMed PMID:
19151082; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2655684.


4: Rose D, Hertel J, Reiche K, Stadler PF, Hackermüller J. NcDNAlign: plausible
multiple alignments of non-protein-coding genomic sequences. Genomics. 2008
Jul;92(1):65-74. doi: 10.1016/j.ygeno.2008.04.003. PubMed PMID: 18511233.

3: Jöchl C, Rederstorff M, Hertel J, Stadler PF, Hofacker IL, Schrettl M, Haas
H, Hüttenhofer A. Small ncRNA transcriptome analysis from Aspergillus fumigatus
suggests a novel mechanism for regulation of protein synthesis. Nucleic Acids
Res. 2008 May;36(8):2677-89. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkn123. PubMed PMID: 18346967;
PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2377427.

2: Hertel J, Hofacker IL, Stadler PF. SnoReport: computational identification of
snoRNAs with unknown targets. Bioinformatics. 2008 Jan 15;24(2):158-64. PubMed
PMID: 17895272.

1: Bompfünewerer AF, Backofen R, Bernhart SH, Hertel J, Hofacker IL, Stadler PF,
Will S. Variations on RNA folding and alignment: lessons from Benasque. J Math
Biol. 2008 Jan;56(1-2):129-44. PubMed PMID: 17611759.


5: Rose D, Hackermüller J, Washietl S, Reiche K, Hertel J, Findeiss S, Stadler
PF, Prohaska SJ. Computational RNomics of drosophilids. BMC Genomics. 2007 Nov
8;8:406. PubMed PMID: 17996037; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2216035.

4: ENCODE Project Consortium., Birney E, Stamatoyannopoulos JA, Dutta A, Guigó
R, Gingeras TR, Margulies EH, Weng Z, Snyder M, Dermitzakis ET, Thurman RE, Kuehn
MS, Taylor CM, Neph S, Koch CM, Asthana S, Malhotra A, Adzhubei I, Greenbaum JA,
Andrews RM, Flicek P, Boyle PJ, Cao H, Carter NP, Clelland GK, Davis S, Day N,
Dhami P, Dillon SC, Dorschner MO, Fiegler H, Giresi PG, Goldy J, Hawrylycz M,
Haydock A, Humbert R, James KD, Johnson BE, Johnson EM, Frum TT, Rosenzweig ER,
Karnani N, Lee K, Lefebvre GC, Navas PA, Neri F, Parker SC, Sabo PJ, Sandstrom R,
Shafer A, Vetrie D, Weaver M, Wilcox S, Yu M, Collins FS, Dekker J, Lieb JD,
Tullius TD, Crawford GE, Sunyaev S, Noble WS, Dunham I, Denoeud F, Reymond A,
Kapranov P, Rozowsky J, Zheng D, Castelo R, Frankish A, Harrow J, Ghosh S,
Sandelin A, Hofacker IL, Baertsch R, Keefe D, Dike S, Cheng J, Hirsch HA,
Sekinger EA, Lagarde J, Abril JF, Shahab A, Flamm C, Fried C, Hackermüller J,
Hertel J, Lindemeyer M, Missal K, Tanzer A, Washietl S, Korbel J, Emanuelsson O,
Pedersen JS, Holroyd N, Taylor R, Swarbreck D, Matthews N, Dickson MC, Thomas DJ,
Weirauch MT, Gilbert J, Drenkow J, Bell I, Zhao X, Srinivasan KG, Sung WK, Ooi
HS, Chiu KP, Foissac S, Alioto T, Brent M, Pachter L, Tress ML, Valencia A, Choo
SW, Choo CY, Ucla C, Manzano C, Wyss C, Cheung E, Clark TG, Brown JB, Ganesh M,
Patel S, Tammana H, Chrast J, Henrichsen CN, Kai C, Kawai J, Nagalakshmi U, Wu J,
Lian Z, Lian J, Newburger P, Zhang X, Bickel P, Mattick JS, Carninci P,
Hayashizaki Y, Weissman S, Hubbard T, Myers RM, Rogers J, Stadler PF, Lowe TM,
Wei CL, Ruan Y, Struhl K, Gerstein M, Antonarakis SE, Fu Y, Green ED, Karaöz U,
Siepel A, Taylor J, Liefer LA, Wetterstrand KA, Good PJ, Feingold EA, Guyer MS,
Cooper GM, Asimenos G, Dewey CN, Hou M, Nikolaev S, Montoya-Burgos JI, Löytynoja
A, Whelan S, Pardi F, Massingham T, Huang H, Zhang NR, Holmes I, Mullikin JC,
Ureta-Vidal A, Paten B, Seringhaus M, Church D, Rosenbloom K, Kent WJ, Stone EA;
NISC Comparative Sequencing Program.; Baylor College of Medicine Human Genome
Sequencing Center.; Washington University Genome Sequencing Center.; Broad
Institute.; Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute., Batzoglou S, Goldman
N, Hardison RC, Haussler D, Miller W, Sidow A, Trinklein ND, Zhang ZD, Barrera L,
Stuart R, King DC, Ameur A, Enroth S, Bieda MC, Kim J, Bhinge AA, Jiang N, Liu J,
Yao F, Vega VB, Lee CW, Ng P, Shahab A, Yang A, Moqtaderi Z, Zhu Z, Xu X, Squazzo
S, Oberley MJ, Inman D, Singer MA, Richmond TA, Munn KJ, Rada-Iglesias A,
Wallerman O, Komorowski J, Fowler JC, Couttet P, Bruce AW, Dovey OM, Ellis PD,
Langford CF, Nix DA, Euskirchen G, Hartman S, Urban AE, Kraus P, Van Calcar S,
Heintzman N, Kim TH, Wang K, Qu C, Hon G, Luna R, Glass CK, Rosenfeld MG, Aldred
SF, Cooper SJ, Halees A, Lin JM, Shulha HP, Zhang X, Xu M, Haidar JN, Yu Y, Ruan
Y, Iyer VR, Green RD, Wadelius C, Farnham PJ, Ren B, Harte RA, Hinrichs AS,
Trumbower H, Clawson H, Hillman-Jackson J, Zweig AS, Smith K, Thakkapallayil A,
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Lopez-Bigas N, Martin JD, Stranger BE, Woodroffe A, Davydov E, Dimas A, Eyras E,
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Guan X, Hansen NF, Idol JR, Maduro VV, Maskeri B, McDowell JC, Park M, Thomas PJ,
Young AC, Blakesley RW, Muzny DM, Sodergren E, Wheeler DA, Worley KC, Jiang H,
Weinstock GM, Gibbs RA, Graves T, Fulton R, Mardis ER, Wilson RK, Clamp M, Cuff
J, Gnerre S, Jaffe DB, Chang JL, Lindblad-Toh K, Lander ES, Koriabine M, Nefedov
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functional elements in 1% of the human genome by the ENCODE pilot project.
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3: Washietl S, Pedersen JS, Korbel JO, Stocsits C, Gruber AR, Hackermüller J,
Hertel J, Lindemeyer M, Reiche K, Tanzer A, Ucla C, Wyss C, Antonarakis SE,
Denoeud F, Lagarde J, Drenkow J, Kapranov P, Gingeras TR, Guigó R, Snyder M,
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selected regions of the human genome. Genome Res. 2007 Jun;17(6):852-64. PubMed
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2: Kapranov P, Cheng J, Dike S, Nix DA, Duttagupta R, Willingham AT, Stadler PF,
Hertel J, Hackermüller J, Hofacker IL, Bell I, Cheung E, Drenkow J, Dumais E,
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1: Athanasius F Bompfünewerer Consortium., Backofen R, Bernhart SH, Flamm C,
Fried C, Fritzsch G, Hackermüller J, Hertel J, Hofacker IL, Missal K, Mosig A,
Prohaska SJ, Rose D, Stadler PF, Tanzer A, Washietl S, Will S. RNAs everywhere:
genome-wide annotation of structured RNAs. J Exp Zool B Mol Dev Evol. 2007 Jan
15;308(1):1-25. Review. PubMed PMID: 17171697.

2: Hertel J, Stadler PF. Hairpins in a Haystack: recognizing microRNA precursors
in comparative genomics data. Bioinformatics. 2006 Jul 15;22(14):e197-202. PubMed
PMID: 16873472.

1: Hertel J, Lindemeyer M, Missal K, Fried C, Tanzer A, Flamm C, Hofacker IL,
Stadler PF; Students of Bioinformatics Computer Labs 2004 and 2005. The
expansion of the metazoan microRNA repertoire. BMC Genomics. 2006 Feb 15;7:25.
PubMed PMID: 16480513; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC1388199.