Meet the team


Manon van Engeland
Project leader

Manon van Engeland

Maastricht University Medical Center

Manon is a professor of cancer pathobiology and the principal investigator of the experimental cancer pathology group at the Maastricht University Medical Center. She studies the DNA methylome of colon, kidney, breast and skin cancer with the goal of identifying diagnostic and prognostic cancer biomarkers.

Alexander Koch
Principal investigator

Alexander Koch

Maastricht University


Alexander has a PhD in bioinformatics from Ghent University and currently works as a postdoc in the department of pathology at Maastricht University. His expertise lies in the integration, visualization and analysis of (epi)genomic data and the development of data visualization applications, such as MEXPRESS. His main responsibility in the atlas project is the construction of the marker database. This includes building an annotated corpus of relevant literature and the development of the online submission and search platforms.

Michel Dumontier

Michel Dumontier

Maastricht University, Institute of Data Science

Michel Dumontier is a Distinguished Professor of Data Science at Maastricht University. His research focuses on the development of computational methods for scalable integration and reproducible analysis of FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable) data across scales—from molecules, tissues, organs, individuals, populations to the environment. His group combines semantic web technologies with effective indexing, machine learning and network analysis for drug discovery and personalized medicine. Dr. Dumontier leads a new inter-faculty Institute for Data Science at Maastricht University with a focus on accelerating discovery science, empowering communities, and improving health and well being.

Wim Van Criekinge

Wim Van Criekinge

Ghent University


Professor Wim Van Criekinge is head of the laboratory for computational genomics and bioinformatics (Biobix) in the department of molecular biotechnology at Ghent University. The core competences of BIOBIX are bioinformatics, data-integration and analysis, particularly in combination with high-throughput applications.

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