2020 Science Guest of Honor


Wolfgang is a first-generation American, born of Austrian immigrants.  Even as a small child, he was fascinated with science (and science fiction), so nobody was surprised when he ended up with a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from The Ohio State University.  After completing a postdoc Fellowship, Wolfgang worked for a scientific software company for 14 years, then in 2013 he returned to academic research. He is currently a bioinformatics analyst at the The Institute for Genomic Medicine, part of the Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, where he does microbiomic profiling of patients, and assists with customizing treatments for cancer patients based on their genome.  Wolfgang lives in Columbus OH with his twin sons Beowulf and Hiro and his wife Christine. In his free time he is a casual “Maker”, and he and his cosplay Guild spend far too much time and money creating group costumes.

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