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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Tenure track Marnix

On March 1, 2015, Marnix Medema started on his tenure track position in the Bioinformatics group. Welcome, Marnix!

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.

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

MSc thesis Christ Leemans

On March 9, 2015 Christ Leemans defended hist thesis “Inter-species comparison of transcription factor regulation in detoxification genes” with success. Good job!

MSc thesis Adithi

Adithi Ravikumar Varadarajan has successfully defended her MSc thesis “Deciphering the evolution of regulatory networks controlling key developmental transitions in plants” on March 6, 2015. Congratulations!

MSc thesis Nikolaos Pappas

On Jan 29, Nikos successfully defended his MSc thesis "Genetic variation of an apomictic dandelion lineage studied through de novo transcriptome assembly". Well done!

MSc thesis Daphne

Daphne Spring in 't Veld has sucessfully defended her MSc thesis "The genetic mechanism behind the virulence variation in Beauveria bassiana" on Jan 29. Congratulations!

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!