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.

More courses Thesis projects

Algorithms in Bioinformatics

In period 6 we are teaching "Algorithms in Bioinformatics". Seven MSc students are taking the first edition of this course.

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

Comparing Brassica genomes

Ke Lin has published a paper in BMC Genomics on collaborative work with Guusje Bonnema (Plant Breeding) comparing three Brassica rapa genomes: a turnip, a rapid cycling and a Chinese cabbage. The question he tries to answer is what genetic variations drive the extreme diversity in the forms these plants take.

NBIC conference

Together with NBIC and the Delft Bioinformatics Lab, the Bioinformatics Group at Wageningen University this year organizes NBIC2014, the main bioinformatics conference in the Netherlands. The event will take place April 8-9 in Lunteren; Program.

High Performance Computing Cluster

The Wageningen High-Performance Computing (HPC) cluster has been officially opened on Friday April 4. More information.

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".