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Frans obtained his BSc at the Noordelijke Hogeschool (NHL) in Leeuwarden majoring in analytical chemistry. He continued his study to receive his MSc in Computational Chemistry at the Radboud University in Nijmegen. After several jobs in commercial companies (BrandmarC/TNO) he continued his academic career in 2009 and obtained his PhD in 2014 at the Leiden University on quantitative aspects in/of high resolution mass spectrometry data in metabolomics. In that same year he started as a post-doc at the BDA group working on aspects of multi-block/view solutions like JIVE, DISCO and OnPLS and incorporating these types of methods in the prediction/classification of in-vivo transcriptome data. Another post doc followed at the Amsterdam Medical Center where he was concerned with (pre)processing, analysing and combining multi-omics datasets in order to discover potential additional modified genes that could explain progression of patients suffering from AMN to the far more severe type of cerebral ALD. As of January 1, 2019 Frans has started as research assistant bioinformatics in the Biosystems Data Analysis group. He will support bioinformatics and systems biology research in the RPA Systems Biology and in SILS.
His main interest is in (pre)processing of large data-sets and the development and implementation of analysis and pre-processing tools which is often complicated because of these large amount of data.