Welcome to the VU bioinformatics group!

Here we strive to understand biological processes across different levels of molecular and cellular organisation. With our expertise in advanced computational analysis and cutting-edge modelling techniques, we navigate through complex datasets and networks, striving to unlock the secrets hidden within.

Our research primarily focuses on the following areas:

Cancer and neurodegenerative diseases

  • Underlying molecular mechanisms
  • Biomarker identification 
  • Translational research 
  • Signal transduction networks 

Molecular property predictions

  • Proteins
  • Protein-protein interactions 
  • Small molecules 

Methods development

  • Sequence analysis and alignment techniques
  • Single-cell protein quantification technologies 

Semantic web technology and FAIR data stewardship

We are embedded in the Department of Computer Science, and develop bioinformatics methods to analyse sequence data and predict protein structure and function.


We have a joint-degree master’s program in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology, together with the Systems Biology Lab at the VU and the Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences (SILS) at the University of Amsterdam (UvA).

To find out more about the Bioinformatics and Systems Biology master’s program, click here.


The VU bioinformatics group is closely associated with researchers at the Amsterdam University Medical Centre (location VUMC) and the Amsterdam Institute of Molecular and Life Sciences (AIMMS), while tight links exist with local external institutions such as the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI) and the Centre for Mathematics and Computer Science (CWI).