Eleftheria Zeggini has been appointed to the Chair of Translational Genomics at the TUM School of Medicine as Liesel Beckmann Professor. The professorship, named after her first professor, has been awarded by the university to internationally renowned female scientists since 2012 in order to inspire female students to pursue a career in science.
Eleftheria Zeggini studied and completed her doctorate at the University of Manchester. She then moved to the Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics at the University of Oxford, where she focused on the genetics of type 2 diabetes and the design, analysis and interpretation of large-scale association studies. In 2018 she founded the Institute for Translational Genomics at Helmholtz Zentrum München, which she now heads as director.
Eleftheria Zeggini’s research leverages big data in genetics and genomics for medically important human traits. It aims to transfer the findings of genomics to mechanisms of disease development and progression and to strengthen precision medicine.