Maastricht University, The Netherlands


Welcome to the project pages of BiGCaT,  the department of Bioinformatics. BiGCaT is part of NUTRIM the school of Nutrition and Translational Research in Metabolism at Maastricht University, the Netherlands. The department has four core research areas:

Metabolic diseases


Toxicity and Risk Assessment

Neurological and Rare diseases

Within these areas different types of data, like transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics and (epi)genomics data, are collected , integrated and combined with existing knowledge. Evelo’s BiGCaT group is involved in (inter)national initiatives to collect, share and integrate biological data . Moreover, in order to perform data analysis in a state-of-the art manner novel methods and tools are being developed. These include:

i) High-throughput data analysis pipelines

ii) Semantic Web tools using RDF, ontologies and SPARQL

iii) Cheminformatics software

iv) Interoperability of Biological data

v) Structuring and collecting biological processes in WikiPathways

vi) Pathway and network analysis in PathVisio and Cytoscape.


The software tools developed and services are listed here.

Furthermore, several workshops for the tools and software have taken place, which can be found here.