Short CV/Education and training

  • 2003
    Master's student at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA

  • 2003 – 2006
    PhD student with funding from the German Research Foundation (DFG) at the Department of Human Genetics, Ulm University, Germany

  • 2006 – 2007
    Postdoc at the Department of Molecular Genetics, Heidelberg, Germany; position supported by the German Cancer Research Centre (DKFZ)

  • 2008 – 2010
    Postdoc with support from the Faculty of Medicine, Department of Paediatric Oncology, Haematology and Immunology of Heidelberg University

  • since 2010
    Group leader, Department for Molecular Genetics, DKFZ, Heidelberg

Selected publications

  • Goidts, V. et al.: Segmental duplication associated with the human specific inversion of chromosome 18: a further example of the impact of segmental duplications on karyotype and genome evolution in primates. In: Hum. Genet. 115, 2004. S. 116-122.

  • Goidts, V. et al.: Independent intrachromosomal recombination events underlie the pericentric inversion of chimpanzee and gorilla chromosomes homologous to human chromosome 16. In: Genome Res. 15, 2005. S. 1232-1242.

  • Goidts, V. et al.: Identification of large-scale human-specific copy-number variations by inter-species array comparative genomic hybridization. In: Hum. Genet. 119, 2006. S. 185-198.

  • Szamalek, J., Goidts, V. et al.: Characterization of the human specific pericentric inversion that discriminates human chromosome 1 from its homologous in great apes. In: Hum. Genet. 120, 2006. S. 126-138.

  • Goidts, V. et al.: Complex patterns of copy number variation at sites of segmental duplications: an important category of structural variation in the human genome. In: Hum. Genet. 120, 2006. S. 270-284.

  • Campos, B. et al.: Differentiation therapy exerts antitumor effects on stem-like glioma cells. In: Clin. Cancer Res. 16, 2010. S. 2715-2728.

  • Goidts, V. et al.: The bifunctional gene PFKFB4 and aerobic glycolysis are essential for the survival of brain tumor initiating cells. In: Oncogene 31, 2012. S.3235-3243.

  • Nakata S. et al.: LGR5 is a marker of poor prognosis in glioblastoma and is required for survival of brain cancer stem-like cells. In: Brain Pathol. 2012

Selected projects

  • Identification of new potential therapeutic targets of brain tumour-initiating cells by loss-of-function screens

  • Study of the importance of metabolism for the survival of brain tumour-initiating cells

Additional qualifications

  • Helmholtz-Mentoring-Program for young women working at the Helmholtz Association "Taking the Lead" ("In Führung gehen"), Berlin, Germany, 2010.

  • Teaching and Learning I + II: professional development module of the Baden-Württemberg Certificate for Teaching in Higher Education, Academy for Continuing Scientific Education at the Pädagogische Hochschule Heidelberg (University of Education), 2010

  • 18th session in Medical Genetics, Bologna University, Italy. Received 30 hours from the European Union of Medical Specialists, 2005

  • 16th International Summer School of Epidemiology. Specialisation in the epidemiology of infectious inflammatory diseases and clinical problems, 2005

  • 15th International Summer School of Epidemiology. Specialisation in genetic epidemiology and cancer epidemiology, 2004

  • Erasmus exchange programme with the University of Uppsala, Sweden; specialisation in developmental biology and molecular biology, 2001 – 2002

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Married with two children (born in June 2008 and July 2011).


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