Prof. Dr. Jens Timmer

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Head of the Division of Data Analysis and Modeling of Dynamic Processes in the Life Sciences – Institute of Physics – University of Freiburg

smart-nafld Co-Coordinator

Role in LiSyM-Cancer

  • Co-coordinator and project leader in SMART-NAFLD
  • Project leader in C-TIP-HCC
  • Focus on dynamic pathway modeling of cytokine and growth factor induced signal transduction to gain insights into mechanisms that are changed in fatty liver diseases


  • Development of mathematical methods for mathematical modelling especially in cell biology
  • Application of these methods in close collaboration with experimental groups to answer specific biological questions
  • Signaling pathways involved in liver regeneration


  • 1999, Habilitation in Physics at the Institute of Physics, Freiburg
  • 1994, PhD in Physics at the Institute of Physics, Freiburg
  • 1990, Diploma at the Institute of Physics, Freiburg
  • Physics Studies at the Universities Oldenburg and Freiburg

Professional Experience

  • Since 2005, Full Professor for Theoretical Physics and Its Application in the Life Science, Institute of Physics, University of Freiburg
  • 2012 - 2020, Executive Director, Freiburg Center for Systems Biology
  • 2009 - 2013, Co-Director, School Life Science, Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies.
  • 1999 - 2005, Associate Professor, Institute of Physics, University of Freiburg.
  • 1998, Co-founder of The Scientific Consulting Group GmbH, split into seleon GmbH and TNI medical AG in 2007
  • Research Visits at Boulder University, EPFL Lausanne, New York University, Humboldt University, Max-Planck Institute for Physics of Complex Systems Dresden, Potsdam University, University Heidelberg
  • 1994 - 1998, Group Leader, Center for Data Analysis and Modelling, University of Freiburg.
  • 1992 - 1994, Researcher, Department of Psychiatry, University Hospital Freiburg

Honors and Awards (Selection)

  • 2011, Hector Research Award