The Bio2Byte group, headed by Wim Vranken, is part of the Structural Biology Brussels research group of the Sciences and Bioengineering Sciences Faculty at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the Structural Biology Research Center at VIB. The group focuses on elucidating the relation between dynamics, conformation and experimental data on proteins. By unravelling the underlying physical and chemical principles and relating them to biological events, they try to better understand how proteins work, and generate new approaches that predict how they work. The Bio2Byte team developed a number of tools for use in research including DynaMine and Bio2Byte SARS-CoV-2 which both have been recognised as an ELIXIR Belgium Node Service. Wim Vranken is also a member of The Artificial Intelligence Lab at VUB and the IBsquare, the Interuniversity Institute of Bioinformatics in Brussels.
Wim co-leads the ELIXIR Intrinsically Disordered Proteins (IDP) Community that aims to support the development of standards, tools and resources to accelerate the identification, analysis and functional characterisation of IDPs. Together with other ELIXIR Belgium Node partners, Wim’s group is also actively contributing to ELIXIR Implementation studies in the 3D-BioInfo field next to the IDP field.