ZMB Member Daniel Hoffmann

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Daniel Hoffmann

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Prof. Dr. Daniel Hoffmann

Faculty of Biology
University of Duisburg-Essen
Universitätsstr. 2
45141 Essen

Research Overview

Quantitative Biology
Biology is a messy science. Its subjects - biomolecules, cells, tissues, organisms, ecosystems, etc. - are highly complex and variable. This makes it difficult to pin down laws as reliably as, say, in physics. It is therefore not surprising that biologists are fully occupied with taming their complex subjects, and with obtaining (using a minimum of mathematics) simple, qualitative results from experiments. However, we know that living systems are essentially quantitative; e.g. it matters a lot whether you have too little or too much of a substance in an organism. If we want to account for this, we have to use quantitative mathematical and computational models of biological systems or biological data. This is exactly what we do.

In our research we are developing mathematical or computational models for biological systems. Often these models are probabilistic because biological systems are variable and not completely characterized, and probabilities are an effective way of dealing with variability. We can then infer quantitative relationships by computational methods such as Bayesian analyses. This is a Swiss knife approach that is basically applicable to all kinds of biology. Accordingly, we have fruitful collaborations with researchers from many areas, e.g. developmental biologists, virologists, immunologists, cancer researchers, or ecologists.
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Selected Publications

    Journal articles

  • Habermann, Daniel; Kharimzadeh, Hadi; Walker, Andreas; Li, Yang; Yang, Rongge; Kaiser, Rolf; Brumme, Zabrina L.; Timm, Jörg; Roggendorf, Michael; Hoffmann, Daniel
    HAMdetector : A Bayesian regression model that integrates information to detect HLA-associated mutations
    In: Bioinformatics Vol. 38 (2022) Nr. 9, pp. 2428 - 2436
  • Meiners, Annika; Bäcker, Sandra; Hadrovic, Inesa; Heid, Christian; Beuck, Christine; Ruiz-Blanco, Yasser B.; Mieres-Perez, Joel; Pörschke, Marius; Grad, Jean-Noël; Vallet, Cecilia; Hoffmann, Daniel; Bayer, Peter; Sánchez-García, Elsa; Schrader, Thomas; Knauer, Shirley
    Specific inhibition of the Survivin–CRM1 interaction by peptide-modified molecular tweezers
    In: Nature Communications Vol. 12 (2021) Nr. 1, pp. 1505
  • Kitanovski, Simo; Hoffmann, Daniel
    IgGeneUsage : differential gene usage in immune repertoires
    In: Bioinformatics Vol. 36 (2020) Nr. 11, pp. 3590 - 3591
  • Grüneboom, Anika; Hawwari, Ibrahim; Weidner, Daniela; Culemann, Stephan; Müller, Sylvia; Henneberg, Sophie; Brenzel, Alexandra; Merz, Simon; Bornemann, Lea; Zec, Kristina; Wülling, Manuela; Kling, Lasse; Hasenberg, Mike; Voortmann, Sylvia; Lang, Stefanie; Baum, Wolfgang; Ohs, Alexandra; Kraff, Oliver; Quick, Harald H.; Jäger, Marcus; Landgraeber, Stefan; Dudda, Marcel; Danuser, Renzo; Stein, Jens V.; Rohde, Manfred; Gelse, Kolja; Garbe, Annette I.; Adamczyk, Alexandra; Westendorf, Astrid; Hoffmann, Daniel; Christiansen, Silke; Engel, Daniel Robert; Vortkamp, Andrea; Krönke, Gerhard; Herrmann, Martin; Kamradt, Thomas; Schett, Georg; Hasenberg, Anja; Gunzer, Matthias
    A network of trans-cortical capillaries as mainstay for blood circulation in long bones
    In: Nature Metabolism Vol. 1 (2019) Nr. 2, pp. 236 - 250
  • Karimzadeh, Hadi; Kiraithe, Muthamia M.; Oberhardt, Valerie; Salimi Alizei, Elahe; Bockmann, Jan; Schulze zur Wiesch, Julian; Budeus, Bettina; Hoffmann, Daniel; Wedemeyer, Heiner; Cornberg, Markus; Krawczyk, Adalbert; Rashidi-Alavijeh, Jassin; Rodríguez-Frías, Francisco; Casillas, Rosario; Buti, Maria; Smedile, Antonina; Alavian, Seyed Moayed; Heinold, Andreas; Emmerich, Florian; Panning, Marcus; Gostick, Emma; Price, David A.; Timm, Jörg; Hofmann, Maike; Raziorrouh, Bijan; Thimme, Robert; Protzer, Ulrike; Roggendorf, Michael; Neumann-Haefelin, Christoph
    Mutations in Hepatitis D Virus Allow It to Escape Detection by CD8⁺ T Cells and Evolve at the Population Level
    In: Gastroenterology Vol. 156 (2019) Nr. 6, pp. 1820 - 1833
  • Alavian, Seyed Moayed; Price, David A.; Panning, Marcus; Neumann-Haefelin, Christoph; Bockmann, Jan; Wiesch, Julian Schulze zur; Wedemeyer, Heiner; Heinold, Andreas; Alizei, Elahe Salimi; Timm, Jörg; Casillas, Rosario; Protzer, Ulrike; Raziorrouh, Bijan; Smedile, Antonina; Rodríguez-Frías, Francisco; Hoffmann, Daniel; Oberhardt, Valerie; Buti, Maria; Thimme, Robert; Roggendorf, Michael; Hofmann, Maike; Gostick, Emma; Budeus, Bettina; Emmerich, Florian; Kiraithe, Muthamia M.; Karimzadeh, Hadi
    Viral escape contributes to the failure of hepatitis D virus-specific CD8+ T-cells and drives evolution of HDV
    In: Journal of Hepatology Vol. 70 (2019) Nr. Suppl. 1, pp. e21
  • Tucci, Felicia A.; Kitanovski, Simo; Johansson, Patricia; Klein-Hitpaß, Ludger; Kahraman, Alisan; Dürig, Jan; Hoffmann, Daniel; Küppers, Ralf
    Biased IGH VDJ gene repertoire and clonal expansions in B cells of chronically hepatitis C virus–infected individuals
    In: Blood Vol. 131 (2018) Nr. 5, pp. 546 - 557
  • Kefalakes, Helenie; Budeus, Bettina; Walker, Andreas; Jochum, Christoph; Hilgard, Gudrun; Heinold, Andreas; Heinemann, Falko M.; Gerken, Guido; Hoffmann, Daniel; Timm, Jörg
    Adaptation of the Hepatitis B Virus Core Protein to CD8+ T-Cell Selection Pressure
    In: Hepatology Vol. 62 (2015) Nr. 1, pp. 47 - 56
  • Skibbe, K.; Budeus, Bettina; Heinemann, Falko M.; Timmer, L.; Horn, Peter; van Esch, W.; Hoffmann, Daniel; Siemann, H.; Scherbaum, Norbert; Timm, Jörg
    HLA-B*27 is protective against HCV genotype 1 and 3 and associated with targeting of distinct genotype-specific CD8(+) cell epitopes
    In: Journal of Hepatology Vol. 60 (2014) Nr. Suppl. 1, pp. 140
  • Lättig-Tünnemann, Gisela; Prinz, Manuel; Hoffmann, Daniel; Behlke, Joachim; Palm-Apergi, Caroline; Morano, Ingo; Herce, Henry D.; Cardoso, M. Cristina
    Backbone rigidity and static presentation of guanidinium groups increases cellular uptake of arginine-rich cell-penetrating peptides
    In: Nature Communications Vol. 2 (2011) pp. 453
  • Ruhl, Marianne; Knuschke, Torben; Schewior, Kevin; Glavinic, Lejla; Neumann-Haefelin, Christoph; Chang, Dae-In; Klein, Marina; Heinemann, Falko M.; Tenckhoff, Hannelore; Wiese, Manfred; Horn, Peter A.; Viazov, Sergey; Spengler, Ulrich; Roggendorf, Michael; Scherbaum, Norbert; Nattermann, Jacob; Hoffmann, Daniel; Timm, Jörg; East German HCV Study Group
    CD8+ T-Cell Response Promotes Evolution of Hepatitis C Virus Nonstructural Proteins
    In: Gastroenterology Vol. 140 (2011) Nr. 7, pp. 2064 - 2073
  • Beerenwinkel, Niko; Sing, Tobias; Lengauer, Thomas; Rahnenführer, Jörg; Roomp, Kirsten; Savenkov, Igor; Fischer, Roman; Hoffmann, Daniel; Selbig, Joachim; Korn, Klaus; Walter, Hauke; Berg, Thomas; Braun, Patrick; Fätkenheuer, Gerd; Oette, Mark; Rockstroh, Jürgen; Kupfer, Bernd; Kaiser, Rolf; Däumer, Martin
    Computational methods for the design of effective therapies against drug resistant HIV strains
    In: Bioinformatics Vol. 21 (2005) Nr. 21, pp. 3943 - 3950
  • Beerenwinkel, Niko; Rahnenführer, Jörg; Kaiser, Rolf; Hoffmann, Daniel; Selbig, Joachim; Lengauer, Thomas
    Mtreemix : A software package for learning and using mixture models of mutagenetic trees
    In: Bioinformatics Vol. 21 (2005) Nr. 9, pp. 2106 - 2107
  • Beerenwinkel, Niko; Lengauer, Thomas; Däumer, Martin; Kaiser, Rolf; Walter, Hauke; Korn, Klaus; Hoffmann, Daniel; Selbig, Joachim
    Methods for optimizing antiviral combination therapies
    In: Bioinformatics Vol. 19 (2003) Nr. Suppl 1, pp. i16 - i25
  • Hoffmann, Daniel
    Web Site : The Protein Information Resource
    In: Angewandte Chemie International Edition Vol. 41 (2002) Nr. 6, pp. 1075 - 1075
  • Jacob, Joël; Geßler, Katrin; Hoffmann, Daniel; Sanbe, Haruyo; Koizumi, Kyoko; Smith, Steven M.; Takaha, Takeshi; Saenger, Wolfram
    Strain-Induced “Band Flips” in Cyclodecaamylose and Higher Homologues
    In: Angewandte Chemie International Edition Vol. 37 (1998) Nr. 5,
  • Saenger, W.; Jacob, J.; Gessler, K.; Steiner, T.; Hoffmann, Daniel; Sanbe, H.; Koizumi, K.; Smith, S.M.; Takaha, T.
    Structures of the Common Cyclodextrins and Their Larger Analogues -- Beyond the Doughnu
    In: Chemical Reviews Vol. 98 (1998) pp. 1787 - 1802
  • Saenger, Wolfram; Jacob, Joël; Gessler, Katrin; Steiner, Thomas; Hoffmann, Daniel; Sanbe, Haruyo; Koizumi, Kyoko; Smith, Steven M.; Takaha, Takeshi
    Structures of the common cyclodextrins and their larger analogues : beyond the doughnut
    In: Chemical Reviews Vol. 98 (1998) Nr. 5, pp. 1787 - 1802