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Michael Altenbuchinger



Institute of Functional Genomics
Statistical Bioinformatics
University of Regensburg
Am BioPark 9
93053 Regensburg, Germany

Phone: +49 941 943 5095



I joined Rainer Spang's group in October 2014. Before I switched to bioinformatics I did my PhD in theoretical high-energy physics, where my main research focus was on effective field theory descriptions of quantum chromodynamics.

Now I’m interested in applied and statistical bioinformatics. Currently I try to develop strategies for classifying tumors according to their molecular fingerprint.  I’m also interested in questions of tumor progression, particularly in using computer power to screen for biologically relevant mechanisms that drive the development of metastases.


2014-now: post-doctorial researcher at the Institute of Functional Genomics

2010-2014: PhD in physics at the group of Prof. W. Weise, Institute for Theoretical Physics, T39, Technische Universität München

2004-2009: diploma in physics


[1] Altenbuchinger, M., Schwarzfischer, P., Rehberg, T., Reinders, J., Kohler, Ch. W., … & Spang, R. (2017). Molecular signatures that can be transferred across different omics platforms. Accepted for the proceedings track of the ISMB/ECCB, Prague, 2017, to be published at Bioinformatics.


[2] Zacharias, H. U., Rehberg, T., Mehrl, S., Richtmann, D., Wettig, T., Oefner, P. J., ... & Altenbuchinger, M. (2017). Scale-invariant biomarker discovery in urine and plasma metabolite fingerprints. arXiv preprint arXiv:1703.07724.


[3] Altenbuchinger, M., Rehberg, T., Zacharias, H. U., Stämmler, F., Dettmer, K., Weber, D., ... & Spang, R. (2016). “Reference point insensitive molecular data analysis,” Bioinformatics, btw598 (http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bioinformatics/btw598)

[4] M. Altenbuchinger and L. -S. Geng, “Off-shell effects on the interaction of Nambu-Goldstone bosons and D mesons,” Phys. Rev. D 89 (2014) 054008. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevD.89.054008)

[5] M. Altenbuchinger, L. -S. Geng and W. Weise, “Scattering lengths of Nambu-Goldstone bosons off D mesons and dynamically generated heavy-light mesons,” Phys. Rev. D 89 (2014) 014026. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevD.89.014026)

[6] M. Altenbuchinger, L. S. Geng and W. Weise, “SU(3) Breaking Corrections to the D*, D, B, and B* decay Constants,” Phys. Lett. B 713 (2012) 453. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.physletb.2012.06.025)

[7] L. S. Geng, M. Altenbuchinger and W. Weise, “Light quark mass dependence of the D and Ds decay constants,” Phys. Lett. B 696 (2011) 390. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.physletb.2010.12.060)

[8] M. Altenbuchinger, P. Hägler, W. Weise and E. M. Henley, “Spin structure of the nucleon: QCD evolution, lattice results and models,” Eur. Phys. J. A 47 (2011) 140. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1140/epja/i2011-11140-2)


  1. Department of Medicine
  2. Institute of Functional Genomics