Tom Linssen was born on December 14th 1990 in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. In 2011 he started his Bachelor in Bioinformatics at the University of Applied Sciences in Nijmegen. At the HAN BioCentre he developed a model system to study toxicity of compounds. The model system consisted of a literature mining system that discovers links between compounds, genes and phenotypes via co-occurence analysis. His graduation internship at the neuroinformatics department of Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour expanded his knowledge of gene regulation by microRNAs in synaptic compartments of the hippocampus. His work package consisted analysis of transcriptomic and proteomic data sets, derived from Next Generation Sequencing. Alongside his studies, he was a software developer for Nefco, an oil distribution company.
In October 2015 he started working as IT Manager at Toxicogenomics Department of Maastricht University.