Dr. Bart Cuypers (Msc. 2013, Ph.D. 2018) is a post-doc and a bioinformatics scientist who uses multi ‘omic and machine learning methods to unravel the molecular biology and drug-resistance mechanisms of pathogens and human diseases. Currently, his post-doctoral research project occurs at the interface of 3 research groups;  The Adrem Data Lab (University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium), the Molecular Parasitology Unit (Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium), and the Notredame Group (Visiting Researcher, Center for Genomic Regulation, Barcelona, Spain).

Bart Cuypers has a biology background (BSc) and cell- and systems biology (MSc). During his Ph.D., he studied the functional impact and adaptive role of aneuploidy and gene copy number variation in the protozoan parasite Leishmania, a pathogen of which the molecular biology is still elusive. As such, he worked on the collection, analysis, integration, and interpretation of (epi-) genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, and metabolomics data, collected across a wide array of genetic backgrounds, life stages and resistance profiles. As such, he has both wet-lab and computational experience. His post-doc research focuses on unraveling the post-transcriptional regulatory chain of Leishmania by integrating third-generation sequencing data (PacBio, Nanopore) RNA-Seq, ribosome profiling, and proteomics.

As a bioinformatics enthusiast and strong supporter of interdisciplinary research Bart Cuypers has a leading role in the International Society for Computational Biology Student Council (Executive team, treasurer), a global network of more than 2000 master students, Ph.D. students, and young post-docs that are passionate about computational biology. He is one of the main organisers of the International Society for Computational Biology Student Council webinar program (ISCB Academy). Further, Bart is involved in several research consortia, such as BIOMINA (Biomedical Informatics Research Network, Antwerp, steering committee member) and the Tuberculosis’ Omics Research Consortium (TORCH). He also represents the Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) in the CalcUA Supercomputer User Board. He is a member of the academic council at ITM and the Faculty of Science Faculty Board at UA.


ADReM Data Lab
Department Of Computer Science
University Of Antwerp
Middelheimlaan 1
2020 Antwerp

Molecular Parasitology Unit
Department Of Biomedical Sciences
Institute Of Tropical Medicine
Nationalestraat 155
2000 Antwerp


PhD in Biomedical Sciences (2013-2018)

University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium
Defended: May, 23, 2018
Title: ‘A systems biology approach for a comprehensive understanding of molecular adaptation in Leishmania donovani’
Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp as guest institute

Master of Science in Cell and Systems Biology (2011-2013)

University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium
Greatest distinction (85%), July 3, 2013

Bachelor of Science in Biology (2008-2011)

University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium
Great distinction (84%), July 5, 2011


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