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


Veni Grant

With his research on a computer-aided drug discovery platform that designs and explores modular peptide synthetases, dr. Mohammad Alanjary has been awarded with a Veni Grant.

ERC Starting Grant

Marnix Medema was awarded an ERC Starting Grant for his project 'DECIPHER', which will focus on interpreting the chemical language of the microbiome.

UFW award

Jorge Navarro-Muñoz (former postdoc with us) won the UFW research award 2020 for his paper in Nature Chemical Biology that came out last month. Congratulations to Jorge and his colleagues in the Medema group!

Paper in Nature Chemical Biology on biosynthetic gene cluster classification

Former postdoc Jorge Navarro Muñoz published a paper in Nature Chemical Biology, co-authored by Satria and several students, on BiG-SCAPE, a new method to construct sequence similarity networks of biosynthetic gene clusters and group them into families.

Science publication

Vittorio and Marnix published an article in Science on disease-suppressing soils: Pathogen-induced activation of disease-suppressive functions in the endophytic root microbiome.


PhD defence Sander Rodenburg

On September 15th, Sander Rodenburg successfully defended his PhD thesis, 'Uncovering oomycete metabolism using systems biology'. His thesis is the result of a fruitful collaboration between Phytopathology and Bioinformatics. Congratulations, Sander!

New PhD student(s)

In August 2020 Astrid van den Brandt started her PhD project on a collaborative project between TU Eindhoven and WUR Bioinformatics on 'visual analytics for plant pangenomes'. And in september Lotte Pronk joined our group as PhD student on 'molecular plant-microbe interactions in the endosphere'. Welcome, Astrid and Lotte!

New staff member

We are very happy that Anne Kupczok joined our group as an Assistant Professor. Anne has a strong track record on microbial and phage genome evolution, and she will be actively involved in several of our bioinformatics courses.

Succesful thesis defences

Several BSc/MSc students recently finished their theses. Congratulations to Ryan, Heming, Lars, Melissa, Tobias and Bart!

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