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
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
of a complete molecular dynamics algorithm on the graphics card using
Gert Vriend 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.
Spronk graduated in biophysical chemistry and biochemistry at
Radboud University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
He then specialized in biomolecular NMR spectroscopy, as well as method
in structure refinement & validation during subsequent PhD
and post-doctoral research periods
at the Department of NMR-spectroscopy (Utrecht University), the
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.