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


Education Excellence Nomination

Sandra Smit and Harm Nijveen were nominated for the WUR Excellent Education Prize 2019, based on the very positive evaluations for their courses 'Algorithms in Bioinformatics' and 'Practical Computing for Biologists'.

An overview of plant sesquiterpene synthases

Janani published an analysis of all experimentally characterized plant sesquiterpene synthases. In this, she showed that product specificity evolves very dynamically. The work was published in Phytochemistry.

Ouroboros: a new algorithm to predict protein-protein interactions

Miguel published the first paper of his PhD, introducing a new method to predict protein-protein interactions. The new tool, Ouroboros, along with its description, was published in Bioinformatics.

New preprint on biosynthetic gene cluster classification

Former postdoc Jorge Navarro Muñoz published a preprint, 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.


PhD defense Sven

On October the 22 (16:00) Sven Warris will defend his PhD thesis during a public ceremony in the Auditorium of Wageningen University.

PhD defense Ehsan

On November 7 (11:00) Ehsan Motazedi will defend his PhD thesis, entitled "Haplotype estimation in polyploids using DNA sequence data". Everyone is welcome to attend the public ceremony.

New PhD student

In January 2019 Margi Hartanto started his PhD project in our group. He will work with Harm Nijveen on finding genes for traits using (e)QTL data. Welcome, Margi!

Succesful thesis defences

Several BSc/MSc students recently finished their theses. Congratulations to Sam, Selena and Rutger!