Jaap Heringa studied Mathematical Biology, Bioinformatics and Population Genetics at the University of Utrecht, and earned his PhD (Cum Laude) in Bioinformatics from the University of Utrecht in 1993. He has worked in Bioinformatics research for more than 20 years, and has been active in developing Bioinformatics software packages in various areas, with a particular emphasis on novel integrative algorithms for sequence analysis and protein structure/function prediction. He gained industrial experience in software development at IBM’s International Network Development Centre (INSDC, Uithoorn, Netherlands; 1984-88) and has worked at leading scientific labs such as the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg (staff researcher 1988-1996) and the MRC National Institute for Medical Research in London (group leader and senior scientist 1996-2002).
Since 2002 he is full professor in Bioinformatics and director of the Centre for Integrative Bioinformatics (IBIVU) at the VU University Amsterdam. Heringa has served as expert evaluator of EC FP5 and FP6 proposals and as external evaluator of EC FP5 and FP6 project mid-term reviews. He has also served on the board of the USA National Institute for Health (NIH) as an evaluator of NIH-NIAID Resource Center proposals. Nationally he served as member of the national NWO/Horizon and NWO Computational Life Sciences committees. Heringa is on the editorial board of the journals Bioinformatics, Bioinformatics and Biology, Computational Biology and Chemistry (CBAC), Current Peptide and Protein Research (CPPS), Evolutionary Biology Online and the Encyclopedia of Life Sciences.
As of 2010 he is a Scientific Director of the Netherlands Bioinformatics Centre (NBIC).