Computational biology

The Computational Biology Lab does research that occurs at the intersection of computer science and the life sciences. This cross-fertilization is a potential starting point for fundamental new developments in biology, biotechnology and medicine, but also serves as a source of inspiration for novel developments in computer science.

Among the current research topics are

  • computational applications for (meta)genomics
  • (meta)proteomics
  • (meta)transcriptomics
  • (bio)chemistry and data visualization.

Peter Dawyndt is generally regarded as the founding father of the StrainInfo.net bioportal, considered by the Economic Collaboration and Development (OECD) and World Federation of Culture Collections (WFCC) as the technology platform for development of a Global Network of Biological Resource Centers. StrainInfo.net partners in the Genomic Standards Consortium, a task force of leading information providers and research centers that publishes international standards and acts of conduct for the genomics research domain. His group actively works on the development of the Unipept platform and the Dodona platform.

Research lines

  • Unipept: interactive data analysis for metaproteomics, metagenomics and metatranscriptomics
  • Deep diving in the genomic diversity of (meta)populations 
  • Dodona: automated feedback on programming assignments
  • StrainInfo: online catalogue for the global biological resource centers network

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