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


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.

Xiaowen Lu joins the group

On September 1st, Xiaowen Lu started as a postdoc in the bioinformatics group. She will work on evolutionary genomics of biosynthetic pathways. Welcome, Xiaowen!

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.

MIBiG standard published

The Minimum Information about a Biosynthetic Gene cluster standard, a community project coordinated by Marnix Medema, was published in Nature Chemical Biology. In the same issue of this journal, Dr. Medema also published a Perspective paper on computational approaches to natural product discovery.

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 Maria-Anna

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

MSc thesis Sofia

Sofia Papadimitriou has successfully defended her MSc thesis "Detection of genetically modified plants using NGS data" on Oct 15, 2015. Congratulations!

MSc thesis Mehmet

Mehmet Akdel successfully defended his MSc thesis “Representation of eukaryotic pangenomes in a graph database” on September 29, 2015. Congratulations, Mehmet!

MSc thesis Vittorio

On September 29, 2015 Vittorio Tracanna defended his thesis “Cross-correlation based optical map assembler” with success. Good job!

MSc thesis Salvador

On September 22, 2015, Salvador Casani successfully defended his MSc thesis “Mining structural variation in pan-genome graphs”. Well done!

Inauguration Dick de Ridder

On April 30, 2015, Prof. Dick de Ridder has delivered his inaugural address, entitled "Biology as data science", in the Aula of the university.