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Maximilian Stammnitz

Maximilian Stammnitz

PhD student


Max is working on Tasmanian Devil Transmissible Cancer genetics, covering mainly computational analyses of next-generation DNA and RNA sequencing.

He is a Gates Scholar and has joined the Transmissible Cancer Group in 2015, after completing an MPhil degree in Computational Biology at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP). Prior to his studies in Cambridge, he majored in Biology at the universities of Heidelberg and Freiburg in Germany, with internships in Rio de Janeiro and Madrid.


Key Publications

Caldwell, A., Coleby, R., Tovar, C., Stammnitz, M.R., et al. (in review). The newly-arisen Devil Facial Tumour disease 2 (DFT2) reveals a mechanism for the emergence of a contagious cancer.

Stammnitz, M.R., *Coorens, T.H.H., *Gori, K.C., Hayes, D., et al. (2018). The origins and vulnerabilities of two transmissible cancers in Tasmanian devils. Cancer Cell 33(4), 607-619.

Kwon, Y.M., Stammnitz, M.R., Wang, J., Knowles, G.W., et al. (2018). Tasman-PCR: A genetic diagnostic assay for Tasmanian devil facial tumour diseases. bioRxiv.

Giordano, F., Stammnitz, M.R., Murchison, E.P., Ning, Z. (2018). scanPAV: a pipeline for extracting presence-absence variations in genome pairs. Bioinformatics. doi:10.1093/bioinformatics/bty189

*Agne, M., *Blank, I., *Emhardt, A.J., *Gäbelein, C.G., ..., *Stammnitz, M.R., et al. (2014). Modularized CRISPR/dCas9 Effector Toolkit for Target-Specific Gene Regulation. ACS Synthetic Biology 3(12). doi:10.1021/sb500035y