Cord Blood Symposium 2014: Poster Award for Kirsten Thus

Kirsten Thus’ poster presented at the 12th San Francisco Cord Blood Symposium shows that “Predicted Indirectly ReCognizable HLA Epitopes (PIRCHES) correlate with chronic graft-versus-host- disease and relapse-related mortality in paediatric patients after Cord Blood transplantation”. Interestingly, the risk for cGvHD is increased with more PIRCHEs presented on HLA class II whereas lower numbers of PIRCHE presented on HLA class I correlate with mortality caused by relapse. These impressive results convinced the committee to award her and the whole team of co-authors a poster prize.

Authors: Kirsten Anne Thus, Can Keşmir, Eric Borst, Roel de Weger, Jaap Jan Boelens, and Eric Spierings

 

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Matthias Niemann

Matthias Niemann

Matthias holds a Masters degree in Computer Science with a major in software engineering and a minor in Bioinformatics from Berlin University (Freie Universität). While working at Charité University Hospital in Berlin, he developed a database for kidney transplantation data and worked on various laboratory information systems and research databases. His research at Charité focused on epitope matching models and machine learning. He was instrumental in the implementation methods to increase data quality.
Since fall 2014 he focuses at PIRCHE on further improving the PIRCHE algorithm and investigating the technology's power in new domains.
Matthias Niemann