|Data Science||9 years|
|HTML & CSS||12 years|
Currently working as a Senior PostDoc at the VIB-KULeuven Center for Microbiology (Leuven, Belgium) studying the human gut microbiome and how it connects with the host's health.
After getting a Masters degree in Biotechnology (UGent, Belgium) obtaining a PhD in Bioinformatics (VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology) made it possible to unify an interest in life sciences with computer engineering. Over the course of several PostDocs (e.g. at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology) I have ventured more and more towards software development, setting up web platforms to explore large datasets while leveraging data science and machine learning methods to pick them apart further.
Full bio available under experience & education.
The common theme throughout my research is leveraging large datasets to tackle biological questions. This goes hand in hand with using modern (web) technology to create intuitive tools which allows domain experts to explore these data. Over the years I've been involved in the development of various platforms to study genome evolution, gene function, and microbial ecosystems. These have been used in a number of projects e.g. the Apple genome project, the Flemish Gut Flora Project, ... A full list of tools is avialable under software.
More details what I've been working on recently? Check out the media and publications pages!
Less serious topics I work on, outside of work (for fun or to hone my programmings skills), can be found on my blog 4DCu.be.
Means and methods to diagnose gut flora dysbiosis and inflammation. Patent: WO2022073973A1 (2022)
Mood disorders in higher education in Flanders during the 2nd COVID-19 wave: Prevalence and help-seeking: Findings from the Flemish College Surveys (FLeCS). Journal of Psychiatric Research (2023)
Journal of Psychiatric Research
Long-term life history predicts current gut microbiome in a population-based cohort study. Nature Aging (2022)
The effect of oral iron supplementation on the gut microbiota, gut inflammation, and iron status in iron-depleted South African school-age children with virally suppressed HIV and without HIV. European Journal of Nutrition (2022)
Statin therapy is associated with lower prevalence of gut microbiota dysbiosis. Nature (2020)