Markus Göker currently acts as principal investigator of three large-scale genome-sequencing projects, KMG-2, ACTINO-1000 and KMG-4. Each of these follow-up projects of the Genomic Encyclopedia of Bacteria and Archaea (GEBA), conducted as a collaboration between the DOE Joint Genome Institute (JGI) and the German Collection of Microrganisms and Cell Cultures (DSMZ), targets 1000 bacterial or archaeal type strains. The second research focus is on marine bacteria from the roseobacter group (Rhodobacteraceae).
Methodologically, Markus is mainly interested in using the information from whole genome sequences to infer phylogenies and using these in turn to elucidate the evolution of genomic features and to improve the taxonomic classification. Web services and software published by his group includes:
Virus phylogeny and classification: https://victor.dsmz.de/
Digital DNA:DNA hybridization: https://ggdc.dsmz.de
Phenotype microarray analysis: http://opm.dsmz.de
Markus received his PhD in 2003 and his habilitation in 2008 at the University of Tübingen. Since 2008 he is head of the phylogenomics group at DSMZ. He has published more than 270 peer-reviewed papers together with more than 300 distinct coauthors.