Van Bel Michiel

Senior bioinformatician @ Applied Bioinformatics and Biostatistics

Between 2008 and 2012, I was a PhD student in the group of Yves van de Peer and guided by Klaas Vandepoele, doing research and software development in the fields of comparative and functional genomics. During this time, I developed the PLAZA platform ( After obtaining my PhD in 2012, I joined the Applied Bioinformatics and Biostatistics (ABB) group, which provides support to the PSB Center in a variety of fields: from help with small scripts to large scale project analyzes. Meanwhile, I am still the main developer of the PLAZA platform, which is co-developed with the group of Klaas Vandepoele and ELIXIR Belgium.

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Office: Technologiepark 71, 9052 Zwijnaarde, Belgium
Office Phone: +32(0)93313695

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PLAZA: a comparative genomics resource to study gene and genome evolution in plants.
Proost, S., Van Bel, M., Sterck, L., Billiau, K., Van Parys, T., Van de Peer, Y., Vandepoele, K.
PhyD3: a phylogenetic tree viewer with extended phyloXML support for functional genomics data visualization.
Kreft, L., Botzki, A., Coppens, F., Vandepoele, K., Van Bel, M.
PLAZA 4.0: an integrative resource for functional, evolutionary and comparative plant genomics.
Van Bel, M., Diels, T., Vancaester, E., Kreft, L., Botzki, A., Van de Peer, Y., Coppens, F., Vandepoele, K.
The Physcomitrella patens chromosome-scale assembly reveals moss genome structure and evolution.
Lang, D., Ullrich, KK., Murat, F., Fuchs, J., Jenkins, J., Haas, FB., Piednoel, M., Gundlach, H., Van Bel, M., Meyberg, R., Vives, C., Morata, J., Symeonidi, A., Hiss, M., Muchero, W., Kamisugi, Y., Saleh, O., Blanc, G., Decker, EL., van Gessel, N., Grimwood, J., Hayes, RD., Graham, SW., Gunter, LE., McDaniel, S., Hoernstein, SNW., Larsson, A., Li, FW., Perroud, PF., Phillips, J., Ranjan, P., Rokshar, DS., Rothfels, CJ., Schneider, L., Shu, S., Stevenson, DW., Thümmler, F., Tillich, M., Villarreal A, JC., Widiez, T., Wong, GK., Wymore, A., Zhang, Y., Zimmer, AD., Quatrano, RS., Mayer, KFX., Goodstein, D., Casacuberta, JM., Vandepoele, K., Reski, R., Cuming, AC., Tuskan, J., Maumus, F., Salse, J., Schmutz, J., Rensing, SA.