The MAD; Dutch Genomics Service & Support Provider (formally known as MicroArray Department) is located at the Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences (SILS) of the Faculty of Science (FNWI) at the University of Amsterdam (UvA).

Technology development

The unit was set up in 1999 with funding from the Dutch government plus major investments from several industrial food and pharma partners. The aim was to establish a proficient transcriptomics facility for life-science researchers from both within and outside the UvA. The projected tasks of the facility would encompass the execution of transcriptomics experiments as well as the analysis of the results.

With two next-generation sequencing platforms (Illumina's NextSeq 550, MinION) and a wet-lab staff of eight professionals, the MAD currently supports numerous academic and industrial researchers.


Bioinformatics is an essential element of life-science research. The MAD is heavily involved in several bioinformatics initiatives, both nationally and internationally, such as “Virtual Laboratory for e-Science –VL-e”(e-science research), “BioRange I & II” (bioinformatics research), “BioAssist I & II” (bioinformatics support), “BiG Grid – eBioGrid” (e-bioscience infrastructure), and “TTI-GG Virtual Lab for Plant Breeding –VLPB” (e-science application support).

With our advanced bioinformatics expertise, tools and infrastructure to pre-process and analyze genomics data, the MAD is well equipped to meet the bioinformatics and e-science challenges of contemporary life-science research.