Comparative Network Biology

The scientific objective of our research group is to extract biological knowledge from large-scale experimental data sets using data integration, comparative sequence and expression analysis, and network biology. Through the development and application of novel bioinformatics methods, new aspects of genome biology, especially in the area of gene function prediction and gene regulation, are identified. One of the main goals is to develop and apply comparative network biology methods to translate biological knowledge from model species to crop.

Klaas Vandepoele

Group Leader
VIB group leader as of January 2018
Professor: Ghent Univ., Ghent, Belgium since 2011
Visiting postdoc: Lab Observatoire Océanologique de Banyuls, Banyuls-sur-Mer, France, 2006-2007
Postdoc: Ghent Univ. - VIB, Ghent, Belgium, 2005-2011
PhD: Ghent Univ., Ghent, Belgium, 2005

Research areas

Plant biology Computational biology

Model organisms

Research Focus

During the last couple of years, we have mapped gene regulatory networks in Arabidopsis using a variety of experimental and computational methods. Apart from developing a transcription factor (TF)-target gene identification workflow based on the integration of novel protein-binding microarray data and multi-species promoter sequence conservation, we have also mapped regulatory interactions using >30 ChIP-Seq data sets. We actively develop new comparative methods to identify conserved non-coding sequences in dicots and monocots and have demonstrated how these show high specificity to map functional TF-target genes in plants. Whereas initial network analysis focused on the model species Arabidopsis, we are in the process of expanding our network portfolio to other dicots (e.g. poplar, soybean) and are exploring new opportunities to perform network-based gene analysis in cereals as well (maize, wheat).

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  • Highly Cited Researcher (Category: Plant and Animal Science, List 2017)

  • Highly Cited Researcher (Category: Cross-field, List 2018, 2019)