Prof. Dr. Fabian Theis

Technische Universität München

Lehrstuhl für Mathematische Modellierung biologischer Systeme (Prof. Theis)


Boltzmannstr. 3
85748 Garching b. München

Curriculum Vitae

Fabian Theis is Director of Helmholtz Munich Computational Health Center and Scientific Director of the Helmholtz Artificial Intelligence Cooperation Unit (HelmholtzAI) which was launched in 2019. He is a Full Professor at the Technical University of Munich, holding the chair ‘Mathematical Modelling of Biological Systems’, Associate Faculty at the Welcome Trust Sanger Institute, and Adjunct Faculty at the Northwestern University, Department of Medicine.

During his academic career, Fabian Theis obtained MSc degrees in Mathematics and Physics at the University of Regensburg in 2000. He received a Ph.D. degree in Physics from the same university in 2002 and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Granada in 2003. He worked as visiting researcher at the Department of Architecture and Computer Technology (University of Granada, Spain), at the RIKEN Brain Science Institute (Wako, Japan), at FAMU-FSU (Florida State University, USA), and TUAT’s Laboratory for Signal and Image Processing (Tokyo, Japan), and headed the ‘signal processing & information theory’ group at the Institute of Biophysics (Regensburg, Germany). In 2006, he started working as a Bernstein fellow leading a junior research group at the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience, located at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organisation at Göttingen. In the summer of 2007, Fabian Theis became working group head of CMB at the Institute of Bioinformatics at the Helmholtz Center Munich. In the spring of 2009, he became an associate Professor for Mathematics in Systems Biology at the Math Department of the TU Munich. 2009-2014 he was a member of the ‘Young Academy’ (founded by the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the German Academy of Natural Scientists Leopoldina) and was awarded an ERC starting grant in 2010. 

In 2017 he was awarded the Erwin Schrödinger prize together within an interdisciplinary team at ETH Zürich. In 2021, Fabian Theis was honored with the Hamburg Science Award, the most highly endowed prize of a science academy in Germany. Fabian Theis is part of and also coordinates various consortia (i.e. sparse2big involving 8 Helmholtz Centers) and founded the network SingleCellOmics Germany (SCOG). Furthermore, he coordinates 2019 launched Munich School for Data Science (MUDS) and is co-directing the ELLIS Munich Unit, the local hub of the European Machine Learning network ELLIS. Since 2020, he has been co-chair of the Bavarian AI Council of the Bavarian Ministry for Science and Art and supports the TUM with his expertise as a start-up Ambassador and as a core member of the Munich Data Science Institute (MDSI).
Professor Dr. Dr. Fabian Theis receives one of the prestigious Advanced Grants from the European Research Council (ERC) for his project "DeepCell".

Additionally, Fabian Theis was accepted for membership in the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) in July 2022 and was appointed to the Board of Directors of Human Cell Atlas, Inc.

Fabian Theis received one of the prestigious Advanced Grants from the European Research Council (ERC) for his project "DeepCell" as well as the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize 2023 – the most prestigious research award in Germany.

A list of previous courses can be found on TUMonline.