Thomas Liehr was born in 1965, Germany. He has a Diploma, a Ph.D. degree, and a habilitation in human genetics. He is working in cytogenetics since 1991. He is the Head of the Molecular Cytogenetic group at the Institute of Human Genetics and Anthropology, Jena, Germany since 1998; before he was coworker and a Ph.D. fellow of the Herbert Quandt Stiftung der VARTA-AG at the Institute of Human Genetics, Erlangen, Germany. The research fields of Dr. Liehr include clinical genetics, leukemia cytogenetics, and (3D-) structure of the interphase and the human chromosomes. The results of his research are published in more than 43 book chapters, 280 referred papers, and 400 abstracts, and he is a member of over 10 journals and an Editor of Molecular Cytogenetics (http://www.molecularcytogenetics.org/). His particular expertise is development and application of multicolor-FISH probe sets for the characterization of marker chromosomes. He is specialist for the characterization of small supernumerary marker chromosomes (sSMC), and he collected all available literature on this special field on the freely available sSMC homepage (http://www.med.uni-jena.de/fish/sSMC/00START.htm). In 2007, he received an award from the Friedrich Schiller University Jena for his work in this field (Habilitations-Preis). Concerning diagnostics, he signs out personally 300 prenatal, 300 postnatal, and 50 tumor cytogenetic (leukemia) cases a year. Since 2002, he is specialist in human genetics diagnostics (FHG = Fachhumangenetiker), a denomination awarded on request by the German Society of Human Genetics (GfH) to experienced cytogeneticist. Between 2003 and 2009, Dr. Liehr served as a Member of the GfH Commission for awarding the FHG-title.
Biography Updated on 12 April 2009