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Congratulations to Albert and Alexander

We are very proud that two of Utrecht’s most prominent Life Science researchers have been awarded a Spinoza prize. We of course would first like to take this opportunity to congratulate Albert Heck and Alexander van Oudenaarden. We would also like to take the opportunity to highlight the importance of bioinformatics in the research of both researchers.

Both Albert and Alexander are members of the Utrecht Bioinformatics Center, as well as being on the advisory council of UBC. Within their research groups, bioinformatics has an essential role in creating knowledge from data. In general, both groups generate massive amounts of sequencing and proteomics data for which bioinformatics is needed to analyze and interpret the data. Alexander’s group pioneered the bioinformatic analysis of single-cell RNAseq data and within Albert’s group novel algorithms were developed to store and analyze massive amounts of data coming out of mass spectrometry devices. Also in this respect they perform modern research, where in silico and in vivo biology are tightly intertwined and form a symbiotic relationship. This type of integration between wet and dry biology is a necessity to deal with the massive amounts of data and is essential for scientific success in the Big Data era.

Sincerely yours,

Berend Snel, Patrick Kemmeren and Jeroen de Ridder