Prof. Dr. Barend Mons holds a chair in Biosemantics at the¬†Leiden University Medical Centre¬†and is one of the scientific directors of the¬†Netherlands Bioinformatics Centre. In addition he acts as a Life Sciences ‘eScience integrator’ in the¬†Netherlands e-Science centre. he is a member of the interim board of the ELIXIR ESFRI project, member of the Executive Committee of the IMI project¬†Open PHACTS¬†, and one of the Founders of the Concept Web Alliance. He also serves on several Scientific and Technical Advisory Boards. Currently, he also advises a start up company that was built around nanopublications, called¬†EURETOS.
Barend Mons is a molecular biologist by training and received his MsC in Biology (cum laude) in 1981 and his PhD in 1986 on genetic differentiation of malaria parasites from Leiden University. Subsequently he performed over a decade of research on malaria genetics and vaccine development in close collaboration with colleagues in developing countries. He served the research department of the European Commission in this field for 3 years as a seconded national expert and did gain further experience in science management at the Research council of The Netherlands (NWO). Barend was a co founder of three spin-off companies in biotechnological and semantic technologies, and an advisior for several others.
In the year 2000, Barend switched to the development of semantic technologies to manage big data and he founded the [www.biosemantics.org Biosemantics group]. At present, Barend is Professor in Biosemantics at the at the Department of Human Genetics at the Leiden University Medical Centre with an honorary appointment in the same discipline at the Department of Medical Informatics, Erasmus Medical Centre, University of Rotterdam, both in The Netherlands. He is also Scientific Director of the Netherlands Bioinformatics Center (NBIC), board member of the ELIXIR international board, an executive team member of the Open PHACTS IMI project and e-science integrator for the Life Sciences in the Netherlands e-Science Center. His research is focused on [www.nanopub.org nanopublications] as a substrate for¬†in silico¬†knowledge discovery.