Pjotr and (virtual) group

Pjotr and group represent talented bioinformaticians/statisticians working on sequencing and genome-wide association studies in diverse species. Together they work on generic methods and software for scientific research. The group is virtual because each individual is a member of a different institute/group.

Pjotr Prins, PhD


Pjotr is a scientist/biologist/open source programmer (at large) and a visiting research fellow of the University Medical Centre Utrecht. Pjotr is also a visiting research fellow of Rob William's group at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, as well as the Laboratory of Nematology, Wageningen University; and the Groningen Bioinformatics Centre of University of Groningen. Pjotr favorite computer languages include GNU Guile, Ruby and D.

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Joep de Ligt, PhD


Joep is a biologist and bioinformatician at the Hubrecht Institute with a broad experience in next generation sequencing and an active interest in Python, C and Javascript programming and using RDF for data integration.

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George Githinji, PhD


George is a bioinformatician at KEMRI|Wellcome Trust in Kenya, working on population sequence data of malaria and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). George's favorite programming language is Ruby, but he also writes software in R and Python. George has almost completed his PhD and his BLOG can be found here.

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Francesco Strozzi, PhD student


Francesco is a bioinformatician and group leader of the bioinformatics core facility of Parco Tecnologico Padano in Italy, where he is working on high throughput data analysis in microbial, plants, livestock and human genomics. Francesco's favorite programming languages are Ruby and Scala.

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Marco van Zwetselaar, PhD student


Marco is a bioinformatician at Kilimanjaro Clinical Research Institute (KCRI) in Tanzania, working on sequence data of malaria and bacteria. Marco's favorite programming language is Haskell, but he writes software in all languages. Marco's blog can be found here.

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Artem Tarasov, Software Developer

Artem is a software developer at EMBL on the spacial metabolomics team. Formerly a student at Department of Statistical Simulation, St. Petersburg State University, in Russia, Artem works on complex bioinformatics challenges. Together we published Sambamba: fast processing of NGS alignment formats. Artem's blog can be found here.

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Naoki Nishida, MSc student


Naoki is a student working on interactive visualisations for the web. Naoki's blog can be found here.


Group publications

  1. Toward effective software solutions for big biology, by Pjotr Prins, Joep de Ligt, Artem Tarasov, Ritsert C Jansen, Edwin Cuppen and Philip E Bourne, Nature Biotechnology, 2015; 33, 686–687 (2015) (higly accessed)
  2. Sambamba: fast processing of NGS alignment formats, by Artem Tarasov, Albert J. Vilella, Edwin Cuppen, Isaac J. Nijman and Pjotr Prins, Bioinformatics, (2015); Bioinformatics 31 (12): 2032-2034
  3. Small tools MANIFESTO for Bioinformatics, Pjotr Prins, Francesco Strozzi, Artem Tarasov, Joep de Ligt, George Githinji et al. http://dx.doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.11321, Aug. 18th 2014
  4. Biogem: an effective tool based approach for scaling up open source software development in bioinformatics, by R. Bonnal, P Prins et al., Bioinformatics, February 2012

Other publications of Pjotr can be found here.