I am leading the Crop Genome Engineering Facility at VIB. My mission it to make plant gene editing more accessible.
My career started with a PhD in the Alain Goossens lab at VIB-UGent I used protein-protein interaction mapping and reverse genetics to unravel jasmonate transcriptional regulation in Arabidopsis. After a stay at UC Davis with Judy Callis working on protein ubiquitination and degradation, I returned to the Goossens lab to continue this research line, and set up CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing in the lab for yeast, Arabidopsis and tomato. In 2017, I started at VIB as a staff scientist and manager of the Crop Genome Engineering Facility.
The research in my group currently focusses on improving methods for CRISPR delivery and plant regeneration within maize. Other projects include engineering of Agrobacterium tumefaciens, combining haploid induction and genome editing, gene editing of other species such as wheat and banana.
In 2019 I was identified as a Highly Cited scientist.
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