RSG Belgium Board
President Sofia Papadimitriou
Sofia is a PhD student at the Interuniversity Institute of Bioinformatics in Brussels, a research collaboration between Université Libre de Bruxelles and Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Her research focuses on the development of clinical predictive tools for oligogenic diseases, specialising in neurodevelopmental disorders. She is also a classical guitar player and occasional writer (yes, not only papers).
Vice President: Simon Boutry
Simon is doing a joint PhD at de Duve Institute (UCLouvain) and the Interuniversity Institute of Bioinformatics in Brussels (ULB-VUB). His research focuses on the development of a novel genetic regions prioritization to analyse oligogenic diseases. He loves to learn and develop new ideas. Always ready for challenge and looking for passionate people to work with.
KU Leuven: Sebastiaan Vanuytven
Sebastiaan is the current representative for the KU Leuven, where he is a PhD student in the lab of Reproductive Genomics. His research focusses on the role of cellular heterogeneity in breast cancer. He is also affiliated with the Cancer Genomics Lab at the Francis Crick Institute (UK).
ULB: Charlotte Nachtegael
Charlotte is a PhD student at Interuniversity Institute of Bioinformatics in Brussels and teaching assistant in the Informatics Department at ULB. Her research focuses on the study of oligogenic diseases through networks and graph theory. She enjoys geeking on a good game or book in her free time, or playing around with her ukelele.
UAntwerpen: Stijn Wittouck
Stijn is a PhD student in the lab of applied microbiology at the UAntwerpen. There, he studies the evolution and niche adaptation of Lactobacillus bacteria using comparative genomic and phylogenetic approaches. In addition, he’s doing a joint PhD with the KU Leuven, where he is affiliated with the computational systems biology group. He is very passionate about learning as well as teaching new bioinformatics skills. In his spare time, he occasionally plays the drums.
We are looking for additional representatives across all Belgian universities. If you’re interested, please let us know!