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Dr Arends develops novel analysis methodologies and creates (open source) software for use in (systems) biology research, such as the addition of Multiple QTL Mapping (MQM) into R/qtl. Furthermore, Dr Arends his interests are in the development of novel computational method to support day to day biological research.

The focus of his research is computational methods in quantitative trait locus (QTL) analysis, data visualizations, and integration of big data sets in a useful / comprehensive manner. Open-source software he developed can be found on Github.


Dr Arends is an Associate Professor in Bioinformatics within the Department of Applied Sciences at Northumbria. He graduated from the University of Groningen with a BSc in Lifescience and Technology, a MSc in Molecular Biology, and a PhD in Bioinformatics in 2014.

Prior to joining Northumbria University, Dr Arends completed his postdoctoral research in Professor Gudrun A. Brockmann her lab at the Humboldt University in Berlin working on development of Bioinformatics tools for the analysis and integration of biological datasets. During the COVID-19 pandemic he live-streamed his lectures (R programming & Bioinformatics) for MSc and PhD students on his YouTube channel.

Education/Academic qualification

Bioinformatics, PhD, High-throughput Computational Methods and Software for Quantitative Trait Locus (QTL) Mapping

1 Jan 201030 Apr 2014

Award Date: 17 Oct 2014

Molecular Biology, MSc, Molecular Biology & Biotechnology - research variant, University of Groningen

1 Jan 200731 Dec 2009


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