Eleni Mina was born in Thessaloniki, Greece in March 1984. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at the Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki in Greece in 2007 and pursued her Masters degree in Applied Computing Science at Utrecht University, in 2010. During her masters she completed an internship in bioinformatics at the Holstege laboratory of the University Medical Center Utrecht (UMCU) that was the catalyst to pursue a career in bioinformatics. Her passion for being at the crossroads of computer science and biology led her to become a PhD student at the Biosemantics group of the Human Genetics department in the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC). Her PhD project is focused on unraveling the mechanisms that are implicated in Huntington’s disease (HD) following a bioinformatics approach. Her interest is in performing advanced and large-scale bioinformatics analysis in diverse HD datasets to assist biomarker research. Apart from science, Eleni loves traveling, punk music and boxing.
Jan van Rijn is a PhD candidate at LIACS, Leiden University. Being one of the main users of OpenML (a collaborative Machine Learning platform), he is specialized in both the creation of e-science platforms as doing research with them. Recent publications using the data obtained from e-science platform have been accepted at top level Machine Learning conferences, such as ECMLPKDD and Discovery Science, furthermore they resulted in “Best Student Paper Award” nominations.