Wim Vranken, BE
Bio2Byte - VUB Brussels
Challenges and pitfalls of integrating research software: a Bio2Byte case study
Wim got interested in programming when a Commodore 64 appeared at home in his early teens - close to magic in those days! After progressing through several other computers, he forgot all about programming when studying organic chemistry and finishing his Ph.D. on the conformation of peptides with Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) in Gent, Belgium. The NMR work continued in Montréal, Canada, and during a postdoc year at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Belgium, he rediscovered programming to move into the computational aspects of NMR and bioinformatics. This was the core of his work whilst at the Protein Data Bank Europe (PDBe) at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) at Hinxton, Cambridge, UK. He is now professor at the VUB, where he heads the Bio2Byte group (http://bio2byte.be), with computational research focussing on how the dynamics, conformational states and available experimental data of proteins relates to their amino acid sequence.