Oren Tzfadia joins Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Initiative at VIB

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.