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.

Our courses

The Bioinformatics Group offers several courses and thesis projects.

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iGEM competition

Miguel Correa, who is doing his MSc thesis project in our group, competed in the 2014 iGEM competition as part of the Wageningen_UR team. Their BananaGuard project obtained a second place in the international competition! Congratulations, Miguel.

PhD position available

In the Plant Sciences Group of Wageningen University, there is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic PhD student to develop integrative models of interactions between infectants and plant hosts, in particular the late blight pathogen (Phytophthora infestans) and tomato. We are looking for an ambitious candidate with an MSc degree in bioinformatics, computational biology, systems biology, genomics or a related area. A full description of the position is available on the Wageningen UR site.

Genetic variation in tomato

The analysis of genetic variation in 84 tomato accessions was published in the plant journal. It is available here.

Mobile promoters

Harm Nijveen has worked with Mark van Passel and Lindi Wahl on the discovery of mobile promoter regions in prokaryotic genomes, a potential new class of mobile elements. A paper describing their finding was recently published in the Genetics journal.

Protein classification

A paper by Bastiaan van den Berg describing a user-friendly, generic sequence-based protein classification web tool (SPiCE) was published in BMC Bioinformatics. It is available at

PhD/MSc/BSc Thesis projects

Dr. Judith Risse

Judith Risse sucessfully defended her PhD thesis "Text mining for metabolic reaction extraction from scientific literature" on Monday April 7. Congratulations, dr. Risse!

MSc thesis Heleen de Weerd

Heleen de Weerd successfully defended her MSc thesis, entitled "Families of paralogous non-coding elements in plant species" on March 25, 2014.

MSc thesis Martijn Derks

On March 18, 2014, Martijn successfully defended his MSc thesis, entitled "The winter moth (Operophtera brumata) genome provides insight in Lepidopteran evolution".

Dr. Harm Nijveen

On December 5th 2013 Harm Nijveen successfully defended his PhD thesis, entitled "Applications in Computer-Assisted Biology".