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.
Predicting enzyme specificity using machine learning
Janani Durairaj, PhD student in our group, published a paper in PLoS Computational Biology, integrating coevolution and structure-based machine learning to predict predict precursor cation specificity in plant sesquiterpene synthases.
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.
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.
Upcoming PhD defenses
After years of hard work, Sevgin and Raul have completed their PhD thesis. They will be defending on November 2nd, December 13th, respectively.
New PhD student(s)
In September/October 2021, several new PhDs joined the Bioinformatics Group. New research and new collaborations. Welcome, Niek, Yiyun, Jiayi, David, Yuze and Lakhansing!
On September 1st, Chrats Melkonian started as a postdoc in our group. He will work on analysing large-scale metagenomic data from plant microbiomes and genome-scale metabolic modeling from metagenome-assembled genomes.
Several PhDs have recently defended their PhD thesis: Miguel, Victoria, and Janani. We are proud of you and wish you all the best in your future (scientific) careers.