Dr. Katy Wolstencroft
LIACS, Leiden University
Niels Bohrweg 1
2333 CA Leiden
The Netherlands
Office 111, Snellius Building

Research Interests

I work in data and knowledge integration, applying cutting-edge computer science technologies to bioinformatics and Systems Biology research. Scientific workflows and semantic web technologies (such as ontologies and RDF) can be used to combine, compare and analyse distributed and heterogeneous data, addressing the analysis bottleneck created by the fast-paced development of omics technologies.

My main aims are to exploit the wealth of information already available by developing new and reproducible methods for integration and analysis; and to promote the sharing and better standardisation of life science datasets by developing methods to encourage and streamline standards-compliance.


I publish in bioinformatics, systems biology and computer science. A complete list of my publications can be found here: Google Scholar Publications


I am an Assistant Professor at the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS) where I teach bioinformatics and computer science.

I originally studied biochemistry as an undergraduate and I have a bioinformatics MSc and PhD from the Faculty of Life Sciences at the University of Manchester.

I was a Post-Doc and Research Fellow in the myGrid Consortium at the School of Computer Science, University of Manchester where I worked on scientific workflows with the Taverna workbench, and Systems Biology data and model management with the SEEK platform.

I was also a visiting Research Fellow in the Molecular Cell Physiology group at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, where I worked with Systems Biologists on the SEEK and data and model integration.


  • Orientation
  • Study Skills and Presentation
  • Challenges in Computer Science 2014 and 2015
  • Biological Data and Knowledge Integration 2014