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  • Alfredo M. Valencia

    Alfredo M. Valencia

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Psychiatry

    BioFreddy Valencia is currently a Stanford Science Fellow and Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Scholar at Stanford University. Informed by human genetics and by combining biochemical, structural biology, and functional genomics investigative techniques, his work aims to uncover the molecular basis of human disorders and disease. His current research at Stanford University aims to investigate and characterize chromatin regulatory processes in human brain development and neurodevelopmental disorders.

  • Laurens van de Wiel

    Laurens van de Wiel

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Cardiovascular Medicine

    BioLaurens van de Wiel is Dutch scientist from Berghem, The Netherlands. Laurens spent his undergrad in Software Development (BSc, Avans Hogeschool ‘s-Hertogenbosch) and Computing Science (MSc, Radboud University Nijmegen). Laurens continued his career at a start-up, where he created large-scale, real-time analytical software. Laurens continued on his academic trajectory at the Radboudumc in Nijmegen, where he started his PhD in bioinformatics.

    During his PhD, Laurens integrated genetic data with protein 3D structures and protein domains. He utilized the skills he obtained before setting out on his academic trajectory; building large-scale, robust, reliable software. Exemplified by the MetaDome Web server ( During his PhD, he developed novel methodologies for the interpretation of genetic variants of unknown clinical significance and, by integrating structural and evolutionary biology with genomics, Laurens identified 36 novel disease-gene associations for developmental disorders. These discoveries enabled diagnosis for over 500 families worldwide.

    Laurens’ areas of expertise are (bioinformatic) software development, data integration of genetic variation with other omics, and his research aims are:
    1.) Lessons long-learned in computer science aid computational biology
    2.) Multi-omic data integration allows the impact measurement of genetic variation
    3.) Diagnosing undiagnosed disorders will uncover novel insights into biology.
    4.) International and multidisciplinary collaborations are key in diagnosing rare disorders.

    At Stanford University, under guidance of Dr. Matthew Wheeler, he is conducting his postdoctoral studies in line with his research aims.

  • Rogier van der Sluijs

    Rogier van der Sluijs

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Radiology

    BioI am a postdoc at the Center for Artificial Intelligence in Medicine & Imaging (AIMI) at Stanford University. As a medical doctor, epidemiologist, and scientist, my aim is to optimize healthcare through predictive modeling with a focus on deep learning in medical imaging.

    Prior to joining AIMI, I obtained a PhD at the Department of Trauma Surgery at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. During my PhD, I developed mobile and desktop applications with integrated machine learning models (the Trauma Triage App) to aid field triage of trauma patients on the scene of injury. In addition, I worked on various deep learning projects, including fracture detection, localization, and classification, semantic segmentation of videos from robot-assisted surgery, and NLP-related projects.