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 own Dr. Marnix Medema received a prestigious Vidi grant from NWO. In the project “Tapping the potential of plant chemistry through computation” his team will develop integrative omics-based methods to computationally identify plant biosynthetic pathways and link them to their metabolic products. We look forward to the innovations coming out of this project.
Congratulations to prof. dr. ir. Dick de Ridder and dr. Aalt-Jan van Dijk on the funding of the enormous Plant-XR project. Together with prof. dr. Testerink and prof. dr. ir. Immink they will represent Wageningen in this consortium aiming to make the crops of the future more resilient.
Machine learning is hot
Machine learning is a hot topic in the plant sciences. Read a review by our own experts Aalt-Jan van Dijk en Dick de Ridder.
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.
New PhD student(s)
In the first half of 2022, the Bioinformatics Group welcomed several new PhDs. New research and new collaborations. Welcome, Joliese, Friederieke, Floris and Christina!
On February 1st 2022, Mitja Zdouc started his postdoc on the MARBLES project, working on new strategies to link biosynthetic gene clusters to metabolites.
Several PhDs have recently defended their PhD thesis: Sevgin, Vittorio, and Mehmet. We are proud of you and wish you all the best in your future (scientific) careers.