Robert Lehmann, PhD

Research Scientists


Research Interests

​Dr. Lehmann is trained in bioinformatics and computational biology with a particular focus on understanding the mechanisms and impact of transcriptional control. His current research focuses data integration to gain insights into genetic responses to stress in marine organisms. Dr. Lehmann is using genomic, transcriptomic, and epigenomic approaches to understand the genetic response of marine organisms to the environmental changes caused by the global climate change.

Selected Publications

  • ​Finding Nemo’s Genes: A chromosome‐scale reference assembly of the genome of the orange clownfish Amphiprion percula
    R. Lehmann, D.J. Lightfoot, C. Schunter, C.T. Michell, H. Ohyanagi, K. Mineta, S. Foret, M.L. Berumen, D.J. Miller, M. Aranda, T. Gojobori, P.L. Munday, T. Ravasi
    Molecular ecology resources, 2018;00:1–16, 2018
  • Minimal tool set for a prokaryotic circadian clock
    N. Schelling, A. Wiegard, R. Lehmann, P. Chaudhury, C. Beck, S.V. Albers, I.M. Axmann BMC Evol Biology, 2017
  • Assembly of a comprehensive regulatory network for the mammalian circadian clock: A bioinformatics approach
    Lehmann R., Childs L., Thomas P., Abreu M., Fuhr L., Herzel H., Leser U. & Relogio A. PLOS One 10, 5, e0126283, 2016
  • The structural code of cyanobacterial genomes
    Lehmann R., Machné R., & Herzel H.
    Nucleic Acids Research 42, 14, 8873 – 8883, 2014
  • Timing of circadian genes in mammalian tissues
    Korenčič A., Košir R., Bordyugov G., Lehmann R., Rozman D., & Herzel H.
    Scientific Reports 4, 5782., 2014
  • Flux balance analysis of cyanobacterial metabolism: The metabolic network of Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803
    Knoop H., Gründel M., Zilliges Y., Lehmann R., Hoffmann S., Lockau W. & Steuer R.
    PCC 6803. PLoS Computational Biology 9, 6, e1003081, 2013


  • 2010-2016: Ph.D. Bioinformatics, Institut für theoretische Biologie, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin / Freie Universität zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany
  • ​2005-2007: M.Sc. Bioinformatics, Freie Universität zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany
  • ​2002-2005: B.Sc. Bioinformatics, Freie Universität zu Berlin, Berlin, German

Professional Profile

  • ​2018-now: Research Scientist, Living Systems Laboratory, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2016-2018: Postdoctoral fellow, Integrative Systems Biology Lab, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

KAUST Affiliations

  • KAUST Environmental Epigenetics Program (KEEP)
  • Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE)

Research Interests Keywords

Bioinformatics Genomics Evolution

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