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I am currently a professor of engineering at the University of Leuven. I do research on computational methods for diagnosis and disease gene discovery in congenital genetic disorders. I teach several bioinformatics courses, mainly focusing on probabilistic models in computational biology. I am an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics. I am a co-founder of two spin-off starts of the university (Data4s, now part of Norkom Technologies, specialized in data-mining for the banking industry, and Cartagenia, specialized in IT solutions for clinical genetic diagnosis). I chaired the 2010 edition of the European Conference on Computational Biology.
I received the Master in Electrical Engineering from the Faculte Polytechnique de Mons, Belgium in 1992. Thanks to a Fulbright grant, I went on to complete a Master in Applied Mathematics at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island. In 1994, I moved back to Belgium at K.U.Leuven ESAT-SCD, where I received the Ph.D. in 1998. Between 1998 and 2005, I was a postdoctoral researcher (FWO-Vlaanderen) and assistant professor at ESAT-SCD, developing our bioinformatics research. In 2003-2004, I was a visiting researcher at the Center for Biological Sequence Analysis at the Technical University of Denmark. Since 2004, I have been a lecturer and professor at ESAT-SCD. I currently coordinate SymBioSys, the K.U.Leuven Center for Computational Systems Biology. I am also the program director of the Master of Bioinformatics.
Candidate gene prioritization by genomic data fusion
as author at 1st International Workshop on Machine Learning in Systems Biology (MLSB), Evry 2007,
Kernel methods for genomic data fusion
as author at 6th International Workshop on Machine Learning in Systems Biology (MLSB), Basel 2012,
Variant prioritization by genomic data fusion
as author at 1st Machine Learning for Personalized Medicine (MLPM) Summer School, Tübingen 2013,