About BIOMINA

BIOMINA is a core facility built upon the foundations of a strongly collaborating local network, involving excellent research groups from medical, biological and computer sciences, interacting with all relevant bioanalytical and computational core facilities.

 

Why is BIOMINA relevant?

High-throughput bio-analytical instruments generate an immense data flow.
Translating these data into interpretable insights about the underlying processes of life and disease is increasingly dependent on bioinformatics techniques. 

The relevance of a bioinformatics core facility can be demonstrated with a hypothetical use case.
Consider a medical research question, based on the observation that a subset of patients who underwent organ transplantation suffer from acute rejection. A research project is set up in which the goal is to detect early biomarkers associated with the occurrence of rejection. For this purpose, extensive datasets can be generated from a cohort of patients using for example DNA or RNA sequencing approaches. Before these data leads to new insights, the data need to be processed with bioinformatics techniques. These are specific data transformation and analysis techniques, using specialized software, databases, algorithms and artificial intelligence, that transform these highly complex data into actionable and / or interpretable insights (such as a set of biomarkers). The high degree of specialization at the interface of life sciences and computer sciences usually requires collaboration with experts. BIOMINA brings together the research teams that have such much-needed expertise with the ambition to offer it to life scientists, through a set of specifically tailored services. 

BIOMINA (biomedical informatics network Antwerpen) was founded in 2012, hereby bringing together bioinformatics expertise, scattered over life science and computer science labs in the University of Antwerp in an informal network. This was transformed into a BIOMINA core facility in 2022 that can deliver a professional bioinformatics service, with its expertise and widely used infrastructure.

The mission of our core facility is to 1) build a sustainable support, training, and collaboration model; 2) increase bioinformatics capacity to meet growing demands; and 3) build a strong bioinformatics community. This is done by providing three types of offerings. Read more about the BIOMINA offerings.

Additionally, we organize BIOMINA lunch talks during which customers can present their work that has been done in collaboration with BIOMINA, and BIOMINA associated personnel give an overview of novel techniques for data-analysis or novel applications/pipelines that have been made available or that are in development. A yearly BIOMINA research day is hosted with representation from other research and academic centers, but also hospitals and industry.

What we offer

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BIOMINA offerings

Get to know the research groups behind BIOMINA

BIOMINA is strengthened by complementary principal investigators in the field, to translate the available bioinformatics strengths to support biomedical, clinical, biological, and bioengineering labs within the University and external clients in hospitals and industry. Find out more on our Team page.

Prof. dr. Kris Laukens

Prof. dr. Kris Laukens

Spokesperson, founder

 

FWET - Informatics  

Adrem Data Lab

Prof. dr. Guy Van Camp

Prof. dr. Guy Van Camp

Co-promotor

 

FBD - Biomedical Sciences

Human molecular genetics

Prof. dr. Hannes Svardal

Prof. dr. Hannes Svardal

Co-promotor

 

FWET - Biology

Evolutionary Ecology Group (EVECO)

Dr. Ligia Mateiu

Dr. Ligia Mateiu

Co-promotor


FGGW 

Medical Genetics

Prof. dr. Steven Van Laere

Prof. dr. Steven Van Laere

Co-promotor


FGGW

CORE - MIPRO