Frank Lyko










Frank Lyko obtained his PhD in 1998 after working in the laboratory of Renato Paro, at the University of Heidelberg. He then joined the laboratory of Rudolf Jaenisch at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research in Cambridge, USA, for further training in molecular biology and animal genetics.


In 2001, he became a fellow of the Emmy Noether program of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft at the German Cancer Research Center. He was promoted to Division Head in 2004 and became a tenured full professor for epigenetics at the University of Heidelberg in 2006.


He received several awards for his work, including the Heinz Meier-Leibniz Award from Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft in 2002 and the Novartis Foundation Award for Pharmacological Research in 2007.


Work in his group focuses on cancer epigenetics, the role of DNA methylation in phenotypic plasticity and the functional characterization of RNA methylation.