Iris Kolder (PhD) works as a Senior Bioinformatician at BaseClear. After completing her Ph.D. at the Academic Medical Center (AMC) in Amsterdam, she took a Postdoc position at the Wellcome Trust Sanger institute in Cambridge. Next, Iris worked as a Senior Bioinformatician at Leiden University where she specialized in RNA-Seq expression analysis. Here, her work in human and animal studies resulted in high-impact publications (for a recent example, see Kolder et al., 2016). Iris joined BaseClear in May 2016, where she plays a key role in comparative genomics studies. Additionally, her experience in gene expression analysis makes her a central figure in the design and statistical analysis of RNA-Seq projects. Last but not least, Iris takes part in software development for downstream analysis of long-read sequencing projects, where the instruments of choice are the cutting edge Oxford Nanopore Technologies sequencers.
Ali May (PhD) studied Biological Sciences & Bioengineering at Sabanci University in Istanbul. Next, he obtained a Master’s and a Ph.D. degree in Bioinformatics from the VU University in Amsterdam, where the latter was carried out in collaboration with the Academic Centre for Dentistry Amsterdam focusing on metagenomic and metatranscriptomic analysis of the oral microbiome. Of particular interest are his publications on the discovery of functional microbial subnetworks (May et al., 2016) that are linked to disease and gene expression analysis of infectious Candida albicans strains (Rajendran and May et al., 2017). Ali joined BaseClear in August 2016 as a Senior Bioinformatician and has been involved in genomic analysis projects with diverse biological questions, although he maintains a focus on metagenomics and metatranscriptomics applications. He is also responsible for the data management and downstream analyses of PacBio long-read sequencing projects.
Marta ter Haar (MSc) started her academic career at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Forensic Sciences. Next, she followed the Master’s program Bioinformatics and Systems Biology at the VU University in Amsterdam. In her internships, she had the opportunity to excel her skills in prestigious institutes such as the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI) and the Academic Centre of Dentistry in Amsterdam (ACTA). In 2015 she joined BaseClear where she works as a Bioinformatician on a variety of microbial genomics studies. Marta has a particular focus on genome annotation and microbial identification projects, but is also responsible for custom projects and software development. Finally, she is specialized in the implementation and maintenance of state-of-the-art IT infrastructures such as Docker containers.
Marten Boetzer (MSc) studied Computer Science and Bioinformatics at Leiden University in a joint Master’s program with the Technical University of Delft. During his internship at BaseClear he designed the basis of “genome finishing” algorithms with the aim to improve draft assemblies using paired-end and matepair short read sequencing data. Subsequently in his role as Bioinformatician he further developed these algorithms into the SSPACE and GapFiller packages which resulted in a large commercial and scientific interest. This is reflected by an exponential growth in the number of assembly projects outsourced to BaseClear as well as the hundreds of citations the publications received. In the meanwhile Marten plays an important role in the development of state-of-the-art pipelines for microbial genome analysis which serve our clients in large scale analysis of microbial strain collections.