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 NWO Groen grants awarded

In the second round of the NWO Groen programme, two grants were awarded to the Bioinformatics Group: one to Marnix Medema, as coordinator of a consortium with Gilles van Wezel (Leiden University) and Paolina Garbeva (NIOO-KNAW), and one to Dick de Ridder, as co-applicant of a project with Mark Aarts (WU Genetics).

Tips and tricks for GenBank submissions

In collaboration with Walter Pirovano and Marten Boetzer from Baseclear, Sandra Smit and Martijn Derks published a new paper in 'Briefings in Bioinformatics'. The paper provides detailed tips and tricks for genome submissions to GenBank.

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.

Models of Protein Translation

Prof. Dick de Ridder published an article in PLoS Computational Biology on unbiased quantitative models of protein translation derived from ribosome profiling data.

VENI grant for Marnix Medema

An NWO VENI grant was awarded to Dr. Marnix Medema. The title of his proposal is "A systematic computational genomic analysis of plant secondary metabolic pathways". Congratulations, Marnix!


New postdoc: Jorge Navarro

On January 19th, Jorge Navarro Munoz arrived to start a postdoctoral research project in the bioinformatics group. His stay is funded through a Mexican CONACyT scholarship.

New PhD student: Hernando Suarez

On January 5th, Hernando Suarez started with his PhD project on biosynthetic pathway discovery. Welcome, Hernando!

New PhD student: Christian Groß

This January, Christian Groß started his PhD project (jointly with TU Delft) on the STW Breed4Food project. Welcome, Christian!

MSc thesis Joyce

Xuenan Pi (Joyce) successfully defended her MSc thesis “Mining transposable elements in the tomato pan genome” on December 15, 2015. Congratulations, Joyce!

MSc thesis Raúl

On December 14, 2015, Raúl Wijfjes successfully defended his MSc thesis “Improving transcriptome reconstruction by connecting genomic contigs through RNA-seq read alignments”. Congratulations!

MSc thesis Maria-Anna

Maria-Anna Misiakou successfully defended her MSc thesis “PAVE: a pan-genome graph viewer” on October 27, 2015. Congratulations!

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