I am a computational biologist trained in bioinformatics and systems biology. My research interests are evolutionary and cancer genomics. I think it is fascinating that we are able to learn about important events in evolution by ‘reading’ the genome of humans and other species using biological models, mathematics and computer science. As cancer development is in a sense an evolutionary process as well, we can apply similar tools to study this disease and find possible treatments.
The focus of my PHD was the detection of gene networks that have been the target of natural selection, using information on gene interactions and polymorphisms in humans and primates.
I next did a postdoc at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona working on the detection of positive selection in duplicated regions in the genome, specifically using Third Generation sequencing data sets and targeting non-coding regions of the genome.
Currently, I am working as a postdoc at the Princess Máxima Center for Pediatric Oncology in Utrecht to study genetic interactions in childhood cancer.