board members

Board members are involved in the organization of data and code-related events, the promotion of Open Science values (open data, open code, good practices in programming, etc.). Board members belong to various institutes and departments of the University of Amsterdam:

  • research institutes (SILS, IBED),
  • the Data Science Center (DSC)
  • the Education department (“Onderwijs”).


Board members are listed below in alphabetical orders.

Tijs Bliek

Lab technician in the department of Plant Development and (Epi)Genetics (SILS, UvA). My training and work experience focused on molecular biology techniques and as such I currently run the department “wet lab”. About 3.5 years ago I joined the first “hacky hours” and took my first steps in bioinformatics out of the lab’s need for up-to-date data analyses. The purpose of these hours was to help people struggling with bioinformatics and since then I developed “drylab” skills and was able to support my team in a different way.

Expertise: genomics, bioinformatics, Snakemake, R

Main community role: Trainer (genomics, R)

Marc Galland

Marc Galland

Co-founder and current community lead of the Amsterdam Science Park Study Group. Originally trained as a “wet-lab” Plant Molecular Biologist, I progressively drifted towards Genomics, Data Management and Data Science with R and Python. Presently, I work as a support scientist for students and colleagues involved in genomics and other “omics” intensive research taking place in the Green Life Sciences research cluster. Since 2020, I am part of the Data Science Center of the University of Amsterdam as a Data Scientist and as part of the Coordination Team.

Expertise: R, Python, genomics, git/GitHub, Machine Learning.

Main community role: Community Lead, Webmaster, Grant applications.

Links: UvA webpage, personal website, LinkedIn, ORCID.

Joachim Goedhart

I am a chemist by training with a strong interest in cell biology. Our lab is located at the Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences (University of Amsterdam) and we develop tools for quantitative fluorescence imaging. To simplify the quantification and presentation of data, I develop open source analysis tools and data visualization apps https://huygens.science.uva.nl). The Amsterdam Science Park Study Group provides an excellent platform to share our expertise, help others to set up similar methods and to learn from colleagues.
Expertise: R & Shiny, data visualization, image analysis
Main community roles: Open-source Software Champion, Grant applications.
Joachim Goedhart
Anna Heintz-Buschart

Anna Heintz-Buschart

I used to be a fully-fledged wet-lab molecular microbiologist, but I got fed up with my error bars always being bigger than everyone else’s. So, after my PhD in 2011, I fell back on my inclination towards programming, data visualization, critical thinking, and autodidacticism, and built myself a career in bioinformatics of microbiomes.

I joined SILS and the Amsterdam Science Park Study Group in 2021 as Assistant Professor in Microbial Metagenomics. I love interacting with both data-dazzled wet-lab people, data science nerds, and my esteemed colleagues who understand maths way better than I do. I strongly believe in community-driven bottom-up Open Science research and making the most of hard-earned biological data.

Expertise: Meta-omics, multi-omics integration, bioinformatics, numerical ecology, workflow management, R, python, perl, bash, NoSQL databases, bioinformatics data repositories.

Links: UvA webpageGitHub homepage, TwitterGoogle Scholar.


Iris van der Knaap

Coordinator Digital Skills at the library of the UvA/HvA and member of the the coordination team of the UvA Data Science Center. In my role at the library, I am expanding and further developing our training and support in digital skills for researchers of the UvA.

I have joined the Amsterdam Science Park Study Group in 2021 to learn from their experience in community building and organizing trainings, to create a direct link to centralized support and to stimulate collaboration in data science throughout the UvA. I have a Research Master in the History of Science from Utrecht University and have worked for about five years at Utrecht University Library as the subject librarian history 1500-present. In this role I provided support on Open Science, RDM, copyright, information literacy, with a specific focus on Digital Humanities and online research visibility.

Expertise: Open Science, research visibility.

Main Community roles: training coordination, community building, centralized support.

Links: UvA profile, LinkedIn , ORCID 

Stacy Shinneman

As the Geoinformatician within the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics computational support team, I support scientific staff and students with processing, management and knowledge transfer of geodata. I support ongoing research, generate spatial visualizations, and develop geospatial analysis workflows.
I use my expertise to access, analyze, visualize and integrate multiple sources of geospatial information using SQL, R, ArcGIS or any other computational tool that best solves the problem. I enjoy working on interdisciplinary, collaborative projects with multiple partners from across academia, industry, government and consulting. I have extensive experience in project management, technical writing and facilitating communication amongst stakeholders and collaborators, especially for large, technical projects. My work also includes fostering a collaborative work environment for researchers and students by ensuring that knowledge and skills are being communicated and shared efficiently which is why I joined the Amsterdam Science Park Study Group in 2019. The group’s activities also stimulate and inspire me to improve my skills and learn new things.

Expertise: R, Geospatial data analysis, Community Management. 

Main community roles: Training Coordinator, Trainer (geospatial data).

Links: UvA webpage, LinkedIn.

Stacy Shinneman

regular contributors

Regular contributors are experts that participate regularly to the Amsterdam Science Park Study Group activities upon request from board members. Their complementary expertise and involvement in research and teaching are immensely useful during training workshops, data consultancy hours or co-working sessions.

Regular contributors are listed below by alphabetical order.

Johannes de Groeve

During my PhD I realized that helping and teaching colleagues and students provided me the most satisfaction.
As IBED data manager in the IBED computational support team, researchers can contact me for hands-on course on Structured Query Language (SQL), R programming and for presentations on best-practices in data management. I have a background in Archaeology, Geography and Animal Ecology and gradually roled into Data Science. With my background in research I like to remain connected to the actual science behind a project.
Currently, I am the data manager, part of the Computational Support Unit of the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics at the University of Amsterdam. I am involved in various research projects in which my expertise is used to support and guide scientists, postdocs and PhD-students from IBED. Among other tasks, I can be involved in a project to think along about data standardization (e.g., developing metadata standards), database development and data visualization.
My main interest is to support researchers in developing and setting up database platforms for wide variety of ecological
datasets. I like to think along about all the steps, from building a database model (data structure, normalization, standardization), implementation (development, optimalization, automatic data population) to integration (linking databases to analysis software, developing data visualization apps). With the boom of data generated in recent years and increasing needs on guidance in data management an important task as data manager is to help researchers with setting up data management plans and to provide advice and encourage best-practices in data management.
Expertise: R, Shiny, SQL, Databases
Main community roles: Research Data Management, trainer (geospatial data)
Johannes Groeve
Huub Hoefsloot

Huub Hoefsloot

I studied Applied Mathematics and did a PhD in Chemical Engineering / Numerical Mathematics in 1992 at the
University of Groningen. In 1991, I started as an assistant professor at the UvA where I currently work as an Associate Professor in the Biosystems Dana Analysis department (SILS). I am program director of the MSc Systems Biology and Bioinformatics. The aim of our research is to develop and validate methods for organising, summarising and visualising complex biological data for systems biology through the integration of bioinformatics and biostatistics.

Our department is an important hub within the SILS institute in providing support for advanced Data Analysis. The amount of “big data” is growing exponentially due to technical developments. It is not uncommon to measure metabolomics, proteomics, gene-expression and, also recently, microbiome and RNA-seq data on the same biological system, e.g., in plants. This creates challenges for the data analysis, since these data needs to be analysed simultaneously to arrive at a sensible interpretation of the underlying biological processes. Moreover, such data needs to be combined with available background knowledge. There is a growing need for support in the analysis of such data sets, which asks for high-level trained staff since this type of data analysis is very advanced, and even has to be developed to a certain extent.

The Amsterdam Science Park Study Group is an excellent platform where we can find each other to improve each other data skills.

Expertise: biological networks, statistics, modelling.

Main community role: data consultancy on statistics and experimental design.

Links: lab web page.

Evelien Jongepier

Evelien Jongepier

My background is in evolutionary biology, specifically of insects. Since 2019 I am a dedicated bioinformatician in the IBED computational support team. I develop teaching material for practicals and assignments. In addition, I offer on-demand workshops in bioinformatic methods for students and scientists and support their access to the computational infrastructure. To ensure we are ready for increasing demand for FAIR research data storage, I am involved in the iRODS pilot of SURF Sara. As a board member of the Amsterdam Science Study group I am happy to contribute to Data and Software Carpentry courses and I welcome ideas and topics for workshops.

Expertise: bioinformatics, microbiome (QIIME), R, Linux.

Main community roles: trainer (microbiome)

Frans van der Kloet

I have a training background in Analytical and Computational chemistry and did a PhD in quantitative aspects in/of high resolution mass spectrometry data in metabolomics, a post-doc on aspects of multi-block/view solutions like JIVE, DISCO and OnPLS and incorporating these types of methods in the prediction/classification of in vivo transcriptome data.

Another postdoc followed at the Amsterdam Medical Center where I was concerned with (pre)processing, analysing and combining multi-omics datasets. As of January 2019,  I started as research assistant bioinformatics in the Biosystems Data Analysis group at  SILS. As such I support bioinformatics and systems biology research in the RPA Systems Biology and in SILS. In this role it seemed only logical I would join the Study Group and they were quick to draft me for this great initiative where I learn and support in (pre) processing of large datasets and development of analysis tools including Machine Learning.

Expertise: multivariate data analysis, metabolomics, data fusion, Python, tool deployment (Galaxy, iRODS).

Main community roles: Research Data Management project (iRODS), helper at workshops.

Links: lab webpage, LinkedIn.

frans van der kloet

FORMER COmmunity members

These amazing people helped the Amsterdam Science Park Study Group community for its activities. We are grateful for the help and inspiration they gave to the community👏👏🤝

  • Jihed Chouaref, 2017-2019. Regular contributor involved in helping at Carpentry workshops and developing genomic pipelines using Snakemake. Currently postdoctoral researcher in human genomics at LUMC. LinkedIn profile.
  • Like Fokkens, 2018-2021, board member. Active in Software Carpentry workshops and support on genomics and data visualisation. Currently a postdoctoral researcher at the UvA. UvA webpage.
  • Max van Hooren, 2018-2020, regular contributor. instructor at RNA-seq dedicated events.
  • Joeri Jongbloets, 2017-2019. Regular contributor.  Instructor at R-dedicated events.
  • Pietro Marchesi, 2017-2019. Regular contributor. Python trainer at workshops.
  • Susanne Wilken, 2017-2019. Regular contributor. Trainer on microbiome amplicon sequencing.
  • Franka van der Linden, 2018-2020. Board member. Active in organization of training events (image analysis).