The Bioinformatics group focuses on fundamental and applied bioinformatics research in the green life sciences. We develop and apply novel computational methods for the analysis and integration of –omics data. We teach bioinformatics and data analysis to students at the bachelor, master and PhD levels.

Courses & Thesis Projects

The Bioinformatics Group offers several courses and thesis projects.

Courses Thesis projects


Two new genome papers

Sandra Smit and Martijn Derks (co-)published two new genome papers, on Madurella and Orchesella genomes.

Two publications in NPR

Marnix Medema and Huimin Zhao published a Viewpoint article in Natural Product Reports on the importance of data standardization for natural product synthetic biology; in the same issue, Marnix co-published a review with Anne Osbourn about biosynthetic pathway discovery in plants.

Publication on error propagation

A brand new publication on ‘Propagation of errors in citation networks’ was published by Harm Nijveen and Paul van der Vet (University of Twente). There is some serious attention for the paper: read the discussions here and here.

Review on co-expression networks

Harm Nijveen co-authored a review paper on co-expression networks, which was published in Frontiers in Plant Science.

New minor Bioinformatics

Starting in the academic year 2016-2017, the Bioinformatics group will coordinate a new minor 'Bioinformatics', for BSc students throughout Wageningen University, as well as from other universities. More information will be available soon.


New PhD student: Mehmet Akdel

On May 15th, Mehmet Akdel started on his PhD project on algorithms for optical mapping. Welcome, Mehmet!

MSc thesis Mirna

Mirna Baak successfully defended her thesis, entitled “Host pathogen interaction of Solanum lycopersicum and Botrytis cinerea through small RNAs”, on March 21, 2016. Good work!

MSc Thesis Jonas

On March 17, 2016, Jonas Niemann successfully defended his thesis project entitled: “Prioritization of QTL candidate genes using functional enrichment”. Well done!

MSc Thesis Oleguer

On March 15, 2016 Oleguer Plantalech Casals successfully defended his thesis project "Relative performance of normalization methods in comparative transcriptomics between species”. Congratulations!

MSc thesis Jordy

On March 10, 2016, Jordy Coolen finished his thesis project “GruS: A novel scaffolding and gap filling tool for Oxford Nanopore Technologies reads” with a successful defense. Well done!