About us


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.

Origin and history

Prof. dr. ir. D. de Ridder

On November 1, 2013, Dick de Ridder was installed as Professor of Bioinformatics. He is the successor of Jack Leunissen, who passed away in 2012. Before coming to Wageningen University & Research, Dick was an associate professor at Delft University of Technology.



Prof. dr. J.A.M. Leunissen

On May 14, 2012, Jack Leunissen, Professor of Bioinformatics of Wageningen University & Research, our group leader, passed away after a long illness. As a pioneer in bioinformatics he has made a great contribution to the development of the bioinformatics discipline. His enthusiasm and views have inspired generations of young researchers and students in the world. Jack remained involved with his work and his people until the very end. His passion and knowledge of bioinformatics will stay an inspiration to us all.


Prof. Dr. Jack Leunissen