Section Head, Life Sciences

Dr. Lars Ridder


Lars’ research interests cover (bio)chemical informatics and simulations. As engineer and project coordinator, he is responsible for multiple projects in the life-sciences and chemistry domains.

Lars studied Molecular Sciences at Wageningen University, graduating with honours in 1996. He obtained his PhD at the Wageningen University on Computational Studies of Enzyme Catalysis. In 2000, he was awarded a Marie-Curie fellowship at the University of Bristol’s School of Chemistry, during which he investigated the reaction mechanisms of biotransformation enzymes on the basis of combined quantum mechanical/molecular mechanical simulations.

In 2002, he joined Organon R&D, department of Molecular Design and Informatics. At Organon, which became part of Schering-Plough in 2009 and subsequently of Merck, he was responsible for in silico prediction of drug absorption, metabolism and toxicity and was part of multidisciplinary lead optimization teams.

From 2012 to 2015, Lars led an academic project on computational interpretation of LC-MS/MS and LC-MSn data of complex biological samples. The project resulted in a user-friendly web application allowing metabolomics experts to annotate unknown metabolites and supporting them in the discovery of novel biochemical pathways.

In May 2015, he joined the Netherlands eScience Center as a Senior Research Software Engineer and Project Coordinator. He is currently the Section Head for Life Sciences.

Key skills

  • Molecular computation
  • Chemo informatics
  • Data driven discovery
  • Data analysis workflows
  • Metabolomics