Sjoerd Kerkstra studied Artificial Intelligence in Groningen and Amsterdam. He obtained an MSc degree in Artificial Intelligence in Amsterdam. His thesis was about the evolutionary behaviour of genetic networks. The thesis was supervised by Remco Scha (Linguistics) and Jaap Kaandorp (Computational Biology).
After graduating he was responsible for online development at the bureau of statistics of the city of Amsterdam (O+S). He works with Bram van Ginneken on further developing grand challenges in medical image analysis. He is currently a scientific programmer in the Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine.