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Marc van Driel

Dr. Marc van Driel is chairman of NLnet foundation since 2011. In his daily life he is bioinformatics coordinator within the Netherlands Bioinformatics Centre (NBIC), the Dutch network of bioinformatics experts active in research, education and support. He monitors the scientific progress within the NBIC programmes and stimulates the interaction between the bioinformatics groups involved.

He is secretary of the NBIC BioRange programme committee and member of the NBIC BioAssist programme committee. He is leading the research support team. He is a member of the BIG Grid Executive team, where he guides the implementation of the application-layer of the life science grid.

In 1996 he started his career as a research analyst at the Department of Human Genetics at UMC St Radboud in the group of Prof. Dr. Frans Cremers, where he worked on the genetic characterization of various hereditary eye diseases (Stargardt disease, old age macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa, cone-rod dystrophy, and cystoid macular dystrophy choroideremie). From 1998 onwards this took the shape of a PhD research under the supervision of Prof. Cremers, in collaboration with the Department of Ophthalmology (Prof. Dr. Carel August Deutman and Hoyng). In 2001 he moved from the laboratory to bioinformatics and started working at the Center for Molecular Informatics and Biomoeculaire (CMBI). He obtained his PhD in November 2005 with a dissertation called "Bioinformatics strategies for disease gene identification". From June 2005 until early 2008, he worked as a bioinformatics post-doc researcher in molecular biology lab of Prof. Henk Stunnenberg. Within this group he set up a bioinformatics group that focuses on the genome wide analysis of DNA-protein bonds in the areas of cancer, breast cancer and malaria in several European (FP6) projects.

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Science Park 400
1098 XH Amsterdam