Prof. Dr. Ing. Julio Saez-Rodriguez

Full Professor
Biomedical Informatics and Data Analysis
Heidelberg University

Institute for Computational Biomedicine



1996 – 2001 ’Licenciatura’, approx. equivalent to MS in Chemical Engineering
University of Oviedo, Spain
2000 – 2001 Exchange Erasmus Student
University of Stuttgart
2001 – 2002 Research Assistant
University of Stuttgart, Institute of Biochemical Engineering
Insilico Biotechnology, Germany
2002 – 2007 PhD in Process Engineering (summa cum laude)
Max-Planck-Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems, Magdeburg
2007 – 2010 Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Harvard Medical School, Department of Systems Biology, USA
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Biological Engineering, USA
2008 – 2010 Scientific Coordinator, NIH-NIGMS Cell Decision Process Center
2010 – 2015 Group Leader
European Bioinformatics Institute Hinxton, UK
Secondary appointment
EMBL Genome Biology Unit, Heidelberg
Senior Fellow
Wolfson College, Cambridge, UK
2015 – 2018 Full Professor of Computational Biomedicine (Univ. Prof. Dr. Ing.)
RWTH-Aachen University, Faculty of Medicine
2015 – 2018 Visiting Group Leader
2015 – 2018 Institute Director
Institute for Computational Biomedicine I
RWTH-Aachen University
Since 2018 Full Professor
Biomedical Informatics and Data Analysis
Heidelberg University, Faculty of Medicine
Since 2018 Director
Institute for Computational Biomedicine
Heidelberg University, Faculty of Medicine and
University Hospital Heidelberg



2000 ’Premio Fin de Carrera Dupont’
University of Oviedo for the best academic record
2001 ’Mencion Especial’ from the Spanish Ministry of Education for outstanding academic results
2007 FEBS Youth Travel Fellowship to attend FEBS Systems Biology Course in Gosau, Austria
2008 Monika and Thomas Zimmermann Foundation Award
Best PhD Thesis in medicine-oriented Systems Biology
2010 BIO-IT World Best Practices Award with
L Alexopoulos, I Melas, A Chairakaki, A Mitsos
2012 Genome Technology Young Investigator
2016 Theodore von Kármán fellowship from RWTH Aachen
2017 Best Young Investigator award of the Spanish Biotechnology Society



2010 Co-Director of DREAM Challenges
2016 – 2018 Scientific Coordinator
PrECISE: Personalized Engine for Cancer Integrative Study and Evaluation



MJ Guinney  J Saez-Rodriguez. Alternative models for sharing biomedical confidential data. Nature Biotechnology 2018

Schubert [6 authors] J Saez-Rodriguez. Perturbation-response genes reveal signaling footprints in cancer gene expression. Nature Communications, 2018

D Turei, T Korcsmaros, J Saez-Rodriguez. OmniPath: guidelines and gateway for literature-curated signaling pathway resources Nature Methods, 2016 → Cover Nature Methods

S Hill [34 authors] G Stolovitzky, J Saez-Rodriguez, S Mukherjee#. Inferring causal molecular networks: empirical assessment through a community-based effort. Nature Methods, 2016

F Eduati [15 authors] NIEHS-NATS-UNC DREAM Toxicogenetics Collaboration [7 authors] Y Xie, J Saez-Rodriguez. Opportunities and limitations in the prediction of population responses to toxic compounds assessed through a collaborative competition. Nature Biotechnology, 2015