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Cologne Site

Medicine and Health

ZB MED – Information Centre for Life Sciences
Gleueler Straße 60
50931 Cologne (Köln)

Bonn Site

Nutritional, Environmental and Agricultural Sciences

ZB MED – Information Centre for Life Sciences
Friedrich-Hirzebruch-Allee 4
53115 Bonn




An infrastructure and research centre for data and information in the life sciences.

Prof. Dr. Dietrich Rebholz-Schuhmann

Scientific Director

Key tasks and activities

  • Scientific Director of ZB MED
  • Representation to funders, university, research landscape
  • Acquisition of funding
  • Project management


Dietrich Rebholz-Schuhmann studied medicine in Düsseldorf and computer science in Passau. He then worked as a Senior Scientist at the German Research Center for Environmental Health (GSF) in Munich, focusing on medical image analysis and 3D visualisation. His next career move was a sidestep into industry, where he took on the role of Director Healthcare IT at a Heidelberg, Germany-based bioscience company. He then returned to the world of research, heading up a research group in semantic data analysis at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) and conducting research in the field of computer linguistics in Zurich. Most recently, he ran the Galway facility of the Insight Centre for Data Analytics in his role as Professor of Data Analytics at the National University of Galway.

Educational background

  • May 1982 – July 1988
    Medical studies at the Heinrich-Heine University in Düsseldorf
  • Sept. 1985 - May 1989
    Doctoral thesis at the Institute of Hygiene in Düsseldorf
  • Sept. 1988 - May 1993
    Diploma in Computer Science, University of Passau

Career to date

  • April 1989 - May 1993
    Teacher for anatomical and medical knowledge at the Nursing School in Passau
  • June 1993 - April 1995
    Software architect for hospital management systems at Krammer & Partner GmbH in Passau
  • May 1995 - Sept. 1998
    Research associate at the gsf Research Center in Munich (image analysis and 3D visualization)
  • Sept. 1998 - April 2003
    Director Healthcare IT at LION bioscience AG in Heidelberg (head of literature analysis)
  • May 2003 - June 2012
    Head of the research area for biomedical literature analysis at the European Bioinformatics Institute
  • July 2012 - Nov. 2014
    Senior Assistant in Computational Linguistics, University of Zurich (coordination of the Mantra Project)
  • Dec. 2014 - January 2016
    Habilitation in Computer Science, University of Freiburg
  • June 2015 - June 2018
    Chair for Data Analytics, University of Ireland (Galway), Director of the Insight Centre for Data Analytics (Galway)
  • since May 2018 
    Scientific Director of ZB MED and at the same time Professor for Biomedical Data Analysis and Semantics at the Medical Faculty of the University of Cologne

Professional bodies and associations

  • Prof. Rebholz-Schuhmann represents Germany in the European Association for Health Information and Libraries (EAHIL)