Department of Human Genetics

acting Director:

  • PD Dr. med. Almuth Caliebe


The Department of Human Genetics, in co-operation with the associated Section of Human Genetics at the Medical Care Centre Kiel (Medizinisches Versorgungszentrum, MVZ), is responsible for the specialist human genetic care for large areas of Schleswig-Holstein. This covers the complete spectrum of human genetics from clinical genetics to genetic advice with regard to monogenic, multifactorial and epigenetic related diseases and on issues relating to prenatal diagnostics and human genetic laboratory diagnostics including cytogenetics, molecular cytogenetics, molecular genetics and epigenetics. The complete laboratory diagnostics are accredited in accordance with DIN EN ISO 15189.

Nationwide healthcare specialities are in molecular cytogenetic and array based diagnosis of syndromes with physical and intellectual disabilities and in genetic counselling in inherited tumour diseases. The department operates internationally recognised reference laboratories for genetic tumour analyses including lymphoma and leukaemia.

The Department of Human Genetics is integrated with the research interests of the faculty and is also part of the BMBF, EU and Deutscher Krebshilfe (German Cancer Aid) research networks, due to its research focus on somatic genetics (including tumour genetics), the detection of disease genes (e.g. in epilepsy), epigenetic definition of phenotypes and individualised prevention and treatment. It coordinates one of the German contributions to the International Cancer Genome Consortium (ICGC) and is the director of sub-projects in the Human Epigenome Consortium (HEP), in the Deutsches Zentrum für Lungenforschung (DZL, German Centre for Pulmonary Research) and in the „Imprinting-Erkrankungen“ (Imprinting Diseases) network. It is also integrated in systems biology networks, in particular with regard to malignant lymphomas.
In addition to the curricular education of students in Medicine, as well as Biochemistry/Molecular Biology and Medical Life Sciences, the Department of Human Genetics also offers complete Advanced Training to Consultant in Human Genetics for doctors, and to Specialist Human Geneticist for Scientists.