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



We are looking for a bioinformatics PhD student to study copy number variation in experimentally evolved plants. This project, entitled "Exploiting copy number variation for rapid improvement of abiotic stress tolerance in crops”, is a collaboration with the Laboratory of Genetics at Wageningen University. The full project description can be found here. Applications up to May 21, 2016.

Review on co-expression networks

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

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).

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.

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!


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!

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!