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


PanTools: new software for pan-genome analysis

Siavash, Mehmet, Dick and Sandra published their new PanTools software for pan-genome analysis in the journal Bioinformatics. Siavash presented the work at the ECCB conference in The Hague.

Open house plant sciences

During Dutch Science Weekend, plant researchers from Wageningen UR will open their doors to the public in Wageningen. The Bioinformatics group, together with the Plant Breeding group will present a demonstration about 'Groeien als kool zit in de genen' ('fast growth is genetically determined').

New Cytoscape app published

Harm Nijveen, along with Dick de Ridder and colleagues from Plant Physiology, published a paper in F1000 Research on CyLineUp, a new Cytoscape App for visualizing data in network small multiples.

Two new genome papers

Sandra Smit and Martijn Derks (co-)published two new genome papers, on Madurella and Orchesella genomes.

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.


New PhD student: Vittorio

On June 15th, Vittorio Tracanna started his PhD project on metagenomic analysis of biosynthetic pathways in plant microbiomes. Welcome, Vittorio!

New PhD student: Mehmet Akdel

On May 15th, Mehmet Akdel started on his PhD project on algorithms for optical mapping. Welcome, Mehmet!

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!