Development of YASARA was started in
1993 by Elmar Krieger, together with his study of Molecular Biology at the University of Graz,
Austria. In 1997, YASARA became the topic of his master's thesis, supervised by Prof. Günther Koraimann. In
2000, YASARA moved to the Center for Molecular and Biomolecular Informatics (CMBI) in Nijmegen,
the Netherlands, where Elmar became PhD student of Prof. Gert Vriend. In 2002, Elmar founded YASARA Biosciences,
a company located in Austria, with the aim to develop, distribute and support YASARA. Since
2003, WHAT IF and YASARA work closely together in the Twinset
, providing you, the user, with over 40 man years of protein modeling expertise at the touch of a button. Since
2006, a tight collaboration with Spronk NMR Consultancy ensures that YASARA's NMR module employs the latest advances in the field.
Jacobus "Koos" van Meel
became CTO of YASARA Biosciences in April 2010. He studied Physics at the University of Vienna,
Austria. In 2005, Koos moved to the FOM Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics
(AMOLF) in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, where he did extensive
in silico studies on the enhancement and suppression of crystal nucleation,
and received his PhD in 2009. Koos has broad experience in all of YASARA's core technologies,
ranging from large-scale C/C++ development (acquired during three years as software architect at BOC Information Systems in Vienna),
to OpenGL graphics programming and general GPU computing. In 2007, he was among the first to publish an article about the implementation of a complete molecular dynamics algorithm on the graphics card using CUDA.
started programming WHAT IF in 1987 as a PostDoc in Groningen, the Netherlands. In
1989, he moved to the EMBL in Heidelberg, joining the group of Chris Sander. From
1996 on, he led the 'Vriend group' and, together with his students, added an uncountable number of options to the program. Since
2000, he is 'Professor of Bioinformatics' and head of the Center for Molecular and Biomolecular Informatics
(CMBI) in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Elmar Krieger (on the left) was his first PhD student there. The WHAT IF Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in
1992, that uses revenues from WHAT IF sales to ensure further WHAT IF development and to support students.
graduated in biophysical chemistry and biochemistry at the Radboud University in Nijmegen,
The Netherlands. He then specialized in biomolecular NMR spectroscopy, as well as method development in structure refinement
& validation during subsequent PhD and post-doctoral research periods at the Department of NMR-spectroscopy
(Utrecht University), the Department of Biophysical Chemistry and the Center for Molecular and Biomolecular Informatics
(Radboud University in Nijmegen). In 2006 he founded Spronk NMR Consultancy to provide his experience to partners from academia and industry.