Dr Vladimir Benes, Head of Genomics Core Facility, European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Heidelberg, Germany.
Vladimír Beneš, Head of GeneCore, studied in Prague, the Czech Republic. He has been at EMBL since 1994 when he came as a postdoc to Ansorge group in the Biochemical Instrumentation Unit. Vladimir worked on development of methodology supporting genome-wide high-throughput sequencing, mainly in the sample processing part. In 2001 he was appointed to build EMBL Genomics Core Facility, a technology orientated service laboratory founded to assist researchers with functional genomics projects. This facility is currently utilizing mainly massively parallel sequencing & microarray technologies as well as qPCR. Among Vladimir’s tasks belong also assessment of new technologies and functional genomics applications, in particular their suitability for implementation in the environment of core facilities. He is also strongly involved in teaching of methods applied in this field.