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Dr. Omta: a hybrid PhD defense

posted Oct 16, 2020, 1:07 AM by Marco Spruit   [ updated Oct 16, 2020, 1:09 AM ]
On Wednesday 14 October, Wienand Omta successfully defended his dissertation Knowledge Discovery in High Content Screening in Corona-proof hybrid style in the Academiegebouw, for which I was the co-promotor. His work in Big Data Analytics within the domain of High Content Screening (HCS) as a technology that allows life scientists to analyze the effect of bioactive molecules on cellular phenotypes, is perhaps now more important than ever before, as HCS technology is widely used in drug discovery projects, academia and the pharmaceutical industry, for example, to search for a potential COVID19 vaccin. Not only does Wienand's dissertation include various impact journal publications, such as the one on Combining Supervised and Unsupervised Machine Learning Methods for Phenotypic Functional Genomics Screening, ever since 2012 he has also worked on the HC StratoMineR platform, for which his spin-off company Core Life Analytics recently secured a 1 M EUR Series A investment. The future is bright!