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Key young talent at VIB


Claude Libert (VIB-UGent Center for Inflammation Research):  “Steven Timmermans is a bioinformatician in my lab. During his PhD, he has combined two key tasks: providing services to other people in the group (analyzing CHIPSeq, RNASeq and other complex datasets), and building a new research line under the guidance of Yvan Saeys and myself. He has constructed a searchable database (mousepost. be), which collects all key protein polymorphisms in all sequenced mouse strains. This groundbreaking database was recently promoted by Trends in Genetics. What I admire most in Steven is his flexibility in dealing with many different datasets and his perseverance in problem-solving. Bioinformatics expertise is crucial, but to see its daily impact on our projects is amazing. As a PhD student, Steven is first author of publications in PNAS, JCI Insight, Trends in Genetics, Mammalian Genome (twice) and shares first authorship on a PNAS paper.”

Belgian team secures million-dollar funding from Chan Zuckerberg Initiative


Today, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), the philanthropic endeavor led by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and his partner Priscilla Chan, announced the launch of its Neurodegeneration Challenge Network. This new network brings together experimental scientists from diverse biomedical research fields, as well as computational biologists and physicians, to understand the underlying causes of neurodegenerative disorders.