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 on the right. 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
Kornel Ozvoldik is YASARA's COO and biophysicist.
He obtained his Master in Physics from the Vienna University of Technology, working on
new approaches for calculating the 2-point function of the holographic dual conformal field
theory to Chern-Simons gravity on a 3-dimensional Lorentzian
flat space background. Since he managed to travel along this twisted path to quantum gravity
without being fettered by theoretical strings, Kornel was more than qualified to
dive into biophysics. He has long experience in C/C++ development, is a Pythoneer and currently working on
free energy calculations and analysis of molecular dynamics simulations.
Bio-Prodict BV is our
partner company located in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.
It was founded in 2008 by Dr. Henk-Jan Joosten and has since then grown quickly to become
a unique provider of knowledge in protein engineering, molecular design and DNA diagnostics.
At the core of Bio-Prodict's product range are the 3DM information systems. These are protein
super-family platforms that integrate many different types of protein-related data, and
use YASARA for modeling and visualization. A movie that shows how this works in practice
is available at the Bio-Prodict site.
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.