Gabino Sander Jan-Peter Bas Elio Aalt-Jan Jan
Henri Saulo Linda Sven Paul Sevgin

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Jan-Peter Nap

Dr. ir. Jan-Peter Nap (1958), trained as molecular biologist (PhD 1988) with a track record in research for understanding and engineering plant gene expression (relationships with chromosomal neighbourhood), epigenomics as well as decision support for policy makers (biosafety of GMO). He has managed the highly successful and widely appreciated applied bioinformatics program of the Center for Biosystems Genomics (CBSG), among which the hotel project set-up and courses have brought bioinformatics closer to the bench. For already more than a decade he divides his time and attention between applied bioinformatics @ WUR and Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen (as Chair of Life Sciences and Chair of Renewable Energy), linking research and education/profession. Interested in structure/function relationships of plant genomes and the use thereof. Generally respected, although not generally liked, for the ability and propensity to ask blunt questions, among which the simple ‘why’ is often the most feared. Outside work often to be found limping around a tennis court in (increasingly failing) attempts to deny age and ageing.
Research theme:
Currently involved in the EU-Transplant project, an international infrastructural effort to generate and make plant resources widely available and useful; contributions to the development of the infrastructure necessary for the further rationalisation of future plant breeding aiming at turning plant improvement to an engineering science. Development to innovative methods for function analysis and candidate gene prediction in QTL regions.


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Sven Warris

Sven has a propaedeutic diploma in computer science, a Masters in Artificial Intelligence and is currently finishing his PhD in Bioinformatics on high throughput / high performance biocomputing. He has been working as a software engineer and software architect for many years. In Groningen Sven taught bioinformatics to bachelor students of the Hanze University of Applied Sciences and was involved in bioinformatics research on topics such as GPGPU, grid computing and cloud computing used for metagenomics, miRNAs and genomics research. Current research topics include high performance computing for metagenomics, genome assembly and annotation.


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Saulo Aflitos

BSc in Biology by the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA/Bahia/Brazil) 2000-2005 with genomic data mining, MSc in Bioinformatics by Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR/Wageningen/Netherlands) 2006-2008 with promoter identification, PhD candidate in Bioinformatics at Plant Research International (PRI)/WUR 2011-2015 in "Genomic mechanisms of introgression breeding in tomato" working with genome assembly, annotation and phylogenomics.
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Sander Peters

Experience summary
PhD in plant diseases/molecular biology/virology. Over 10 years of experience in an international research environment and medical research environment. Analytically oriented, practical minded, team player, acquisitive, observative, and business oriented. Practical experience in molecular biology and genomic research, expression analysis, and bioinformatics. Currently, a project leader of genomics and bioinformatics oriented projects focusing on SNP discovery, optical mapping, chromosome rearrangements and evolution, assembly and annotation. Current projects involve studies on synteny, chromosome topology, and the identification of genomic features involved in meiotic recombination.


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Bas te Lintel Hekkert

Bas is working in NGS sequencing on the Illumina platform, both Hiseq and Miseq, and is expert on library preparatiosn for this platform. He is system administrator for the Linux servers available for the Applied Bioinformatics group and gives Linux support to the group.


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Aalt-Jan van Dijk

I am a researcher in the Applied Bioinformatics group and also part-time at the Chair of Mathematical and Statistical Methods. My research involves mathematical modelling and statistical analysis of networks, and analysis of protein and DNA sequences. In particular, I focus on prediction of protein function using sequence- and network-data. This is extremely important given the huge amount of newly sequenced genomes which contain thousands of so far unknown genes. It also provides an opportunity to combine bioinformatics and statistical/mathematical methods, which I find particulary interesting!


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Gabino Sanchez-Perez

I am the Cluster leader of Applied Bioinformatics at PRI and Senior Researcher at Chair Group of Bioinformatics at Wageningen UR. I am interested in NGS new technologies that are providing an unprecedented amount of information to answer fundamental questions in biology. However, this data deluge is not equivalent to knowledge and our group is focused on mining high-throughput data to extract biological knowledge and shed light on different aspects in gene regulatory networks, evolutionary biology and comparative genomics.

I studied biochemistry at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid in Spain and in 2004 I moved to Halifax (Canada) for a postdoc in evolutionary biology at Dalhousie University. In 2008 I worked as bioinformatician in the Department of Theoretical Biology & Bioinformatics at the Utrecht University, specializing in plant genomics. Since April 2012 I work at Wageningen, hosting the sequencing facilities, including state-of-art technologies (HiSeq, MiSeq, PacBio, 454) dealing with the sequencing of important crop species as tomato and potato.


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Elio Schijlen

Elio Schijlen has a PhD in plant biotechnology and now over ten years experience within the research field of Genomics. Currently he is working as scientific researcher 'next generation sequencing' using these rapidly evolving and exciting technologies to address a broad spectrum of scientific questions. His work encompasses the implementation of new sequencing applications using different sequencing platforms including illumina HiSeq 2500, MiSeq and Pacbio RS-II.


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Jan van Haarst


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Linda Bakker

As a bioinformatics research assistant, I am involved in several projects, including two EU projects, FUEL4Me and SPLASH.



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Paul Mooijman


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Henri van de Geest

Henri works in developing tools for data analysis involving all kinds of NGS topics. This includes for example RNA-seq, denovo-assemblies and variant analysis. Particularly he works on (thrilled by it) data produced by our PacBio sequencing facility.
Next to big project, Henri likes to support his colleques with all kind of bioinformatics related questions. Since biologists have difficulties on working with the UNIX command line, Henri also has experience in commercial software packages such as CLCbio. Visualizing your data already gave a lot of valuable new insights if you ask him. Recent topics involve working on data produced with optical mapping technology. Will this technology be the next step in combination with NGS?


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Sevgin Demirci


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