I have a M.Sc. degree in Biology from Leiden University and a Ph.D. in Biology from the VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands. After a postdoc at the University of California Davis, which focused on disease-associated programmed cell death (apoptosis) in plants, I worked for six years as an IT consultant for Capgemini in The Netherlands. I subsequently moved into bioinformatics and worked for nine years at the EMBL - European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) in Hinxton, Cambridge, United Kingdom. As a member of the Ensembl Helpdesk and Outreach team, I provided support to users of the Ensembl Genome Browser, and delivered over 300 bioinformatics workshops in 26 countries on five continents, reaching more than 6000 scientists.

Since 1 May 2014 I am working as a Training and Outreach Bioinformatician at Edinburgh Genomics, the high throughput genomics facility of The University of Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom. Here, I have set up a successful programme of bioinformatics workshops (https://genomics.ed.ac.uk/services/training), which has to date trained over 500 scientists, and I coordinate the Scotland-wide Next Generation Bioinformatics User Group (NextGenBUG) meetings (http://www.nextgenbug.org). In addition, I still regularly teach in other established bioinformatics courses, e.g. the Open Door Workshop “Human and Vertebrate Genomics: Bioinformatics Tools and Resources” (Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Hinxton, Cambridge, United Kingdom), and “Programming for Evolutionary Biology” (Leipzig University, Germany).