Dr Thomas Liehr is a biologist with a diploma, PhD and habilitation in human genetics, who has been working in cytogenetics since 1991. He has been head of the molecular cytogenetic group at the Institute of Human Genetics at the University Hospital Jena, Germany, since 1998, before which he was co-worker and PhD-fellow of the Herbert Quandt Stiftung der VARTA-AG at the Institute of Human Genetics at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany.
Due to his diagnostic work, in 2002 he became ‘specialist in human genetics diagnostics’ (FHG = Fachhumangenetiker) and was also approved as ErCLG (European registered clinical laboratory geneticist) in 2015. He is an invited Professor at Yerevan State University, Armenia, and the University of Belgrade Medical School, Serbia.
Thomas' research fields include clinical genetics, leukemia cytogenetics and (3D-)structure of the interphase and the human chromosomes. His particular expertise is the development and application of multicolor-FISH probe sets for the characterization of marker chromosomes, and he is a specialist in the characterization of small supernumerary marker chromosomes (sSMC). In 2007 he received an award from the University of Jena for his work in this field (Habilitations-Preis).