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


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.

eTEC-BIG grant

An eTEC-BIG grant from the Netherlands eScience Center was obtained by Sandra Smit. This grant will fund a postdoc, who will work on "Scaling up pangenomics for plant breeding" in collaboration with engineers from the eScience center and SURFsara.


PhD defence Ehsan Motazedi

On November 8th, Ehsan Motazedi successfully defended his PhD thesis, 'Haplotype estimation in polyploids using DNA sequence data'. Congratulations, Ehsan!

PhD defence Sven Warris

On October 22nd, Sven Warris successfully defended his PhD thesis, 'Application of high performance compute technology in bioinformatics'. Congratulations, Sven!

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 Weiqi, Bram, Thierry!