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If you prefer to call me Steven, feel free.

I'm Nils Trost *, nice to meet you.

Biologist by education, bioinformatician by choice. With a passion for programming, web design, data analysis, data bases, motorcycles, sailing, music, video games, …

Some information.

I'm a PhD candidate at the Zentrum f�r Molekulare Biologie of the Heidelberg University (ZMBH) in the group of Prof. Dr. Henrik Kaessmann. I specialize in data analysis and bioinformatic approaches to investigate the evolution of stem cells as part of the SFB 873. I was introduced to bioinformatics during my bachelor studies and have been in love with it ever since.




Curriculum Vitae.


2018 - today

PhD Candidate in the group of Prof. Dr. Henrik Kaessmann at the ZMBH Heidelberg.

2015 - 2018

Master Molecular Biosciences, Major Development and Stem Cell Biology at Ruprecht-Karls University Heidelberg.
Master thesis: "Creating a Novel Workflow for Cross-Species Sequencing Data Analysis"

2012 - 2015

Bachelor Biosciences at Ruprecht-Karls University Heidelberg.
Bachelor thesis: "Improvement of the Medaka draft assembly"

2003 - 2009 and 2010-2012

High school education at Dietrich-Bonhoeffer Gymnasium Metzingen.

2009 - 2010

Exchange year at the Deutsche Schule Quito, Ecuador

Professional Experience

September - December 2016

Internship in the laboratory of Dr. Miguel Allende at the Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile.

September - October 2015

Internship in the group of Dr. Ewan Birney at the EMBL-EBI in Cambridge, UK

2011 - 2013

Assistant for general lab work, fish handling and imaging at the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology.

January 2010

Internship in graphic design at Dupla Publicidad, Quito, Ecuador

2010 and 2011

Assistant at the m&i Fachklinik Hohenurach

Things I have created. (or helped to create)



WEADE: a workflow for enrichment analysis and data exploration

Nils Trost, Eugen Rempel, Olga Ermakova, Srividya Tamirisa, Letitia Parcalabescu, Michael Boutros, Jan U Lohmann, Ingrid Lohmann

Cell Reports

Decoding the regulatory logic of the Drosophila male stem cell system

Srividya Tamirisa, Fani Papagiannouli, Eugen Rempel, Olga Ermakova, Nils Trost, Jun Zhou, Juliane Mundorf, Samantha Brunel, Naima Ruhland, Michael Boutros, Jan U Lohmann, Ingrid Lohmann



Workflow for Enrichment Analysis and Data Exploration: A novel approach for exploration of GO Term enrichment analysis results with a focus on categorisation, cross-dataset and cross-species comparisons. Supports analysis of lists of significant genes, using a Fisher's Exact test and of lists with a continuos measure (like fold change in RNASeq experiments) using a Mann-Whitney U-test. Created as part of my Master Thesis work.

WEADE is created in R and JavaScript using the R Shiny package for web applications in R.

Find it here!

zfTracker / Nyanemone

Video tracking software for behavioural studies. Fast single organism tracking with close to no required user interaction. zfTracker was created for thigmotaxis experiments of adult and larval zebrafish. Nyanemone tracks the movement of anemones (the animals, not the plants).

Both zfTracker and Nyanemone are created in Python using the openCV API for computer vision.


AmazonTrackLink Firefox add-on

Adds a link to the shipment tracking page of amazon.de that leads to the corresponding shipment of the shipping company (only for Germany).

Download it here!


This website

Built from ground up using the w3.css framework and jQuery, without any pre-designed templates. Hosted on my own server.

Check it out! …oh wait.


A Python-Flask/HTML5 canvas browser game for training fast and accurate typing. Includes epic graphics created in Blender3D and JavaScript, a global leaderboard and several languages.

Type here!

Generator of epic names

This is a Python-Flask web application with a SQL database that creates epic or old German sounding names by randomly choosing a pre- and a suffix. At the time of writing this, there are over 6000 possible names.

Generate epic names!


You can reach me via email: nils.trost@stud.uni-heidelberg.de


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