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Department of Veterinary Medicine

Cambridge Veterinary School

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Maximilian Stammnitz

Maximilian Stammnitz

PhD student

Supervisor: Dr. Elizabeth Murchison


Max is working on Tasmanian Devil Transmissible Cancer genetics, covering mainly computational analyses of next-generation DNA and RNA sequencing.

He is a Gates Scholar and has joined the Transmissible Cancer Group in 2015, after completing an MPhil degree in Computational Biology at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP). Prior to his studies in Cambridge, he majored in Biology at the universities of Heidelberg and Freiburg in Germany, with internships in Rio de Janeiro and Madrid.

Subject groups/Research projects

Genetics and Oncology:

Departments and Institutes

Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute:


  • Genomics
  • Transmissible cancers
  • Bioinformatics
  • Disease Ecology
  • Tasmanian devil facial tumour disease (DFTD)

Key Publications

Agne, M., *Stammnitz, M.R., et al. (2014). Modularized CRISPR/dCas9 Effector Toolkit for Target-Specific Gene Regulation. ACS Synthetic Biology 3(12). doi: 10.1021/sb500035y

*Joint-first authorship between 18 fellow students at the University of Freiburg, Germany