Miscellaneous News

Last December we organized the community meeting on bioinformatics and computational biology. Now we want to encourage a more specific field by organizing a meeting for software developers and programmers. These VIB Developers Meetings will be more interactive, more focussed on specific topics and will be organized on rotating locations.

Together with Demet Turan and Niels Hulstaert (CompOmics lab) we organise the first developers meeting on Wednesday 28 March 2018 at the VIB Center for Medical Biotechnology in Ghent.

If you want to register for this meeting, please complete the registration form on this link before 25 March.

Paula Andrea Martinez joins us in December. Paula is a data scientist with background in bioinformatics. She worked at The University of Queensland, Australia as specialized trainer for data analysis and data visualization. She is part of Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry as instructor, maintainer, mentor and trainer. ELIXIR Belgium, is welcoming Paula in the training platform as trainer. Within the ELIXIR Belgium framework, courses in providing FAIR data and applying data management strategies as well as workshops of the pipelining tool Galaxy and software best practices (data carpentry) will be developed. We look forward to connecting and learning from each other. Please visit Paula personal web site, the ELIXIR Belgium and our ELIXIR web page for more information and planning of courses. We will inform about events also via our twitter account @vibbioinfocore.



The second VIB Community Meeting on Bioinformatics and Computational Biology will take place on 12 December 2017 in Brussels. In order to create a strong bioinformatics community, flash presentations of PhD students and postdocs in the field of Computational Biology and Bioinformatics are organized. During the afternoon, two parallel sessions are included, one on NGS/single-cell, Proteomics, Integrative Bioinformatics, and one on Developed@VIB. More information and registration on this link.

We are very happy to welcome Oren who joins the Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Initiative at VIB.

Oren's research and main scientific motivation is driven by the fundamental challenge to uncover the link between genes and functions, and filling the gaps in our current biological knowledge via application and implementation of computational algorithms tailored to handle big data. As such, he has spent considerate amount of time developing user-friendly platforms and interfaces for construction and analysis of regulatory networks of genes from specific plant metabolic pathways (Tzfadia et al., 2012, Tzfadia et al., 2016 and Itkin et al., 2013).

Novel, powerful computational approaches such as machine learning, guilt by association, and statistically robust bioinformatic methods combined with the rapidly increasing availability of ‘omics’ data sets (e.g., genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, and fluxomics), provides the potential for integrating various layers of data sets for extending our biological knowledge.

With specific aim to make integrative biology accessible for the biologists research community, and provide a platform to integrate multiple data sources in a holistic manner, Oren will lead the development and implementation efforts of integrative bioinformatics infrastructure, algorithms, and software tools development at the VIB Bioinformatics Core. His emphasis will be on integration of data from research activities across VIB centers and Core facilities.


Lennart Martens (VIB-UGent CompOmics) and Alexander Botzki (VIB Bioinformatics Core) organise an interactive VIB Community Meeting on Bioinformatics and Computational Biology on the 27th of February 2017 in Brussels. Some impressions on Twitter: #VIBComp


Find out how VIB evaluated ELNs and improved documentation and collaboration with PerkinElmerÔÇÖs E-Notebook solution.

Since 2009, E-Notebook has helped the Belgian life science research institute increase communication and collaboration among its 1500 scientists and researchers. The proof: a significant rise in publications co-authored by cross-disciplinary research teams at VIB.


For the last two years, Pieter Mollet was working as Senior Software Engineer and Co-founder for the spinoff “Molecubes”. During his PhD and PostDoc at MEDISIP (Medical Imaging and Signal Processing, Department of Electronics and Information systems, Faculty of Engineering, Ghent University), he developed new methods for image reconstruction, segmentation and image correction in the field of nuclear medicine.


BITS in Leuven: open office on Thursdays

The VIB BITS core-facility organizes a weekly Open Office Day in Leuven (Gasthuisberg). Starting on September 3th, one of the BITS members will be available every week on Thursday in room 06.228 (6th floor) in the O&N 4 building. If you have any questions on software or training delivered by BITS, issues with the Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN) or other bioinformatics matters, you can find us in our Flex Office Space from 09:30 till 16:30.

More information: www.bits.vib.be or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


BITS has moved to a new location close to VIB HQ at Rijvisschestraat 126 3/R. We are located on the 3rd floor in building 126 at '3 Square'. We have also a new telephone number: +32 (0)9 248 16 00 (more details on our contact page).