This page lists all StrainInfo team members and their individual contact details. For general inquiries, please use the general contact address.
Peter Dawyndt got the degree of M.Sc. in Mathematics in 1997 and M.Sc. in Computer Science in 1999, both from the Ghent University in Belgium. During the period 1999-2006 he worked at the Laboratory of Microbiology of the Ghent University, helping to establish a symbiosis between mathematics, computer science and the life sciences, as a means to further explore the diversification processes that drive evolution. In December 2004 he was assigned Doctor (Ph.D.) in Sciences, option Computer Science. Through his long-standing collaborations with Bernard De Baets, he also joined the research unit Knowledge-based Systems (KERMIT) at the Ghent University in 2005.
His research career somewhat became full circle, when in 2006 he was appointed as professor at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science of the Ghent University, where he is currently teaching courses in computer science.
He is the author of several peer reviewed papers published in international research journals, showing his main research interest in the design of a self-learning reasoning system for landscaping the bacterial diversity, used as a figure of speech for taxonomic modelling. Achieving this goal yet means that several major technical hurdles need to be overcome, including advancing the barriers of global data sharing, identify and come up with new ways to fill the gaps of observational efforts, and explore the possibilities of novel data mining techniques to the benefits of understanding microbial diversification. He is also regarded as the founding father of the StrainInfo bioportal.
Bert Verslyppe received his MSc in Computer Science degree in 2007 (being the last generation of so-called 'Licentiates'). Searching for a broadening new challenge, he joined the StrainInfo.net team in October of the same year. As a computer scientist, Bert is mostly interested in technological and user community related issues. He focusses his research on developing better systems and interfaces for co-operation, sharing, using and processing the vast amount of data contained in StrainInfo. His first project was the reconstruction of the history of the exchange and (re)distribution of cultures between different collections (“Histri”). He designed the XML exchange standard and prototyped the “16s phylogenetic tree” workflow and corresponding webservices. Currently, he is responsible for the development of the StrainInfo codebase (StrainInfo 2.0).
Wim De Smet earned his degree of M.Sc. in Computer Science in 2007 and is currently combining his work on StrainInfo with an M.E. in Computer Science to be attained next July. Currently he's a member of the main development team behind the new StrainInfo. His research focuses on applying the principles of interchangeable web services and semantically annotated data to typical microbial problems such as automated querying of taxonomy, strain and sequence information.
Bert Sarens joined the project in March 2011 and is responsible for the underlying infrastructure and database.
Bernard De Baets (1966) holds an MSc and PhD in Mathematics (1988, 1995), and a Postgraduate degree in Knowledge Technology (1991). He is a Government of Canada Award holder (1988-89) and is Honorary Professor (2006) of Budapest Tech (Hungary). He is a Professor in Applied Mathematics (1999) at Ghent University, where he is leading the research unit Knowledge-based Systems (KERMIT) at the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering. The activities of KERMIT concern the principles and practice of the extraction, representation and management of knowledge by means of intelligent techniques. He is co-editor-in-chief of “Fuzzy Sets and Systems”, area-editor of “40R” and is on the editorial board of 8 other journals. He coordinates EUROFUSE (the EURO Working Group on Fuzzy Sets), is a member of the Board of Directors of EUSFLAT, of the Administrative Board of the Belgian OR Society, of the Technical Committee on Artificial Intelligence and Expert Systems of IASTED, and of the Executive Board of the International Computational Intelligence Society.
Prof. De Vos started his PhD in 1973 with a phylogenetic study of the genus Pseudomonas. At that time, he proposed in his PhD thesis the splitting of the genus Pseudomonas as it is known today. From the early eighties, Prof. De Vos has focused his scientific attention on bacterial physiology. For about a decade, he studied fermentation in various anaerobic as well as photosynthetic bacteria. In the beginning of this period, he worked as post-doc for four months in the famous Delft Laboratory of Prof. Kuenen to acquire the skills needed for the chemostat culturing technique. Several articles on biological sustainable energy production were published during this period.
In 1993 he was appointed to a permanent position in the National Fund of Scientific Research (now the FWO Vlaanderen) as Research Director. In 2000, he was appointed Professor at the University of Ghent in the Laboratory of Microbiology.
Since the early 1990's, Prof. De Vos has been contributing to the field of bacterial taxonomy and particularly to the reshuffling of the taxonomy of the Bacillaceae. In this context, he collaborates with international and national laboratories.
As the director of the BCCM/LMG bacteria collection, Prof. De Vos promotes the introduction of new technologies and appreciates the value of efficient data management and quality control of publicly available data. He is an enthusiastic supporter of the policy of co-operation on both the national and the international scene not only for purely scientific projects but also for more specific culture collection related issues. He strongly supports the development of (complementary) Biological Resource Centres as defined by the OECD and finds it of outmost importance for the BCCM culture collections to be positioned on the European and global scene in a strong scientific context.
Bart Van Brabant joined the team in January 2006 and left in April 2008. He developed the first implementation of the StrainInfo web application which was launched in February 2007.
Wim helped in the development of the current StrainInfo implementation, and managed the underlying infrastructure and database. He was part of the development team from July 2008 to March 2011.