Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Markus Scholz

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Markus Scholz

Personal information

Scholz, Markus, Prof. Dr. rer. nat.
Institute for Medical Informatics, Statistics and Epidemiology (IMISE), LIFE

Current position

Professor of Genetical Statistics and Systems Biology (since 2013)

Role within partner site

Contributes expertise on genetic predisposition, link to LIFE Adult

Relevant work experience

Molecular epidemiologist with focus on genetic prediction models

2013- Professor for Genetical Statistics and Biomathematical Modelling at IMISE, University of Leipzig; responsible for the molecular research programme of the LIFE Research Centre for Civilization Diseases

2010-13 Head of research group Systemsbiological Modelling and Genetical Statistics

2007-10 Head of research group Genetical Statistics

2006-10 Head of research group Mathematical Models of Blood Formation

2002-13 Research assistant at IMISE, University of Leipzig

1999-2002 Research assistant at Institute for Mathematics and Informatics, University of Leipzig

Professional background

2013 Venia legendi for Medical Bioinformatics, University of Leipzig

2012 Postdoctoral qualification (Habilitation) in Biomathematical Modelling

2002 PhD in Mathematics

1999 MSc in Mathematics

Main research focus

Molecular epidemiology, genetical statistics of complex phenotypes (e.g. genome-wide and transcriptome-wide association studies, metabolomics, multi-layer integrative genome analyses, causal inference), biometrics (time series data analyses, multivariate statistics, survival models), biomathematical dynamical diseases and therapy models


5 out of 191; SCOPUS h-index 33; * equal authorship

Landgraf K, …, Scholz M, et al. The obesity susceptibility gene TMEM18 promotes adipogenesis through activation of PPARG. Cell Rep 2020;33:108295.

Scholz M, et al. Cohort profile: The Leipzig Research Center for Civilization Diseases-Heart study (LIFE-Heart). Int J Epidemiol 2020 Aug 3. doi: 10.1093/ije/dyaa075. Online ahead of print.

Tin A, …, Scholz M, et al. Target genes, variants, tissues and transcriptional pathways influencing human serum urate levels. Nat Genet 2019;51:1459–1474.

Wuttke M, …, Heid IM, Scholz M, Teumer A, Köttgen A, Pattaro C*. A catalog of genetic loci associated with kidney function from analyses of a million individuals. Nat Genet. 2019:51:957-72.

Kirsten H, …, Scholz M. Dissecting the genetics of the human transcriptome identifies novel trait-related trans-eQTLs and corroborates the regulatory relevance of non-protein coding loci. Hum Mol Genet 2015;24:4746-63.

Additional information

Committees: Person in charge for the access of Leipzig University to the Saxonian Population Register (since 2019), Examination board of the Master’s course „Clinical Research and Translational Medicine“ (since 2018), German delegate of COST Action CA17129 „Catalysing transcriptomics research in cardiovascular disease (CardioRNA)“ (since 2018), Leader of GMDS working group “Models in Medicine and Biology” (since 2015)


One Team – One Vision

Prof. Dr. med. Antje Körner
Leipzig University
Department of Pediatrics
Liebigstr. 20a
04103 Leipzig
Phone: +49 341 97 26500

Prof. Dr. med. Reinhard Berner
University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus, TUD
Department of Pediatrics
Fetscherstr. 74
01307 Dresden
Phone: +49 351 458 2440


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