Lab members and alumni details

 

Moritz Nowack

Moritz Nowack

Moritz obtained his Master's degree of Biology at the University of Marburg, Germany, in 2002. During his PhD at the University of Cologne and the Max-Planck-Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne, he investigated regulatory elements of the core cell cycle machinery in Arabidopsis reproductive and vegetative development. After a postdoc on the same topic, Moritz set up his independent line of research on plant programmed cell death with an EMBO long term fellowship at the VIB PSB department in 2009, and became junior group leader at this institute soon thereafter. Since 2015, Moritz is a full research professor at the University of Gent in addition to his VIB group leader appointment.

Mária Simaskova

Mária Simaskova

Postdoctoral fellow

Maria graduated in 2007 as Master in Molecular Biology at Komenius University (Slovakia) . She obtained her PhD in Eva Benkova’s lab (PSB, UGent, Belgium) in 2013, investigating transcriptional control of PIN auxin efflux carriers by cytokinin during root development. In 2015, she joined Moritz Nowack’s lab at PSB as postdoctoral researcher founded by IOF-StarTT from UGent. She focuses on delaying maize silk senescence to maximize hybrid seed production trough knowledge of the role of programmed cell death and senescence on the silk base.

Zongcheng Lin

Zongcheng Lin

Postdoctoral fellow

Zongcheng obtained a B.E degree of Bio-engineering in 2011 in Harbin Institute of Technology in China. Thereafter, he conducted his PhD study in the Franklin-Tong's lab in University of Birmingham, where his project focused on the molecular mechanisms underlying the Papaver self-incompatibility and translational work transferring the Papaver SI system into other plant species. In 2015, he obtained his PhD degree and joined Nowack's PCD lab in VIB, Gent. Currently, he is investigating the cellular signalling cascades in lateral root cap PCD.

Rafaël ANDRADE BUONO

Rafaël ANDRADE BUONO

Postdoctoral fellow

Rafael obtained his bachelor degree in Biology at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Brazil. He then joined the laboratory of Dr. Marisa Otegui at the Department of Botany at UW-Madison in the USA where he obtained his PhD working with mechanisms of endosomal sorting of membrane proteins for degradation. At Dr. Nowack’s laboratory he uses multiple imaging approaches to unravel the mechanisms responsible for the execution of cell death during lateral root cap cell PCD.

Norbert Bollier

Norbert Bollier

Postdoctoral fellow

Norbert obtained his Master degree of Plant Biology and Biotechnology at the University of Bordeaux, France (2013). During his PhD at the Fruit Biology and Pathology laboratory (INRA Nouvelle-Aquitaine) he investigated the genetic regulation of flower and fruit development in Tomato and Arabidopsis (2016). After finishing his PhD, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the same lab on the effect of heat stress on tomato flower development in production condition (2017). In 2018 he joined Moritz Nowack’s lab as a postdoctoral fellow to work on the regulation of PCD execution in Arabidopsis lateral root cap cell.

Nicolas Doll

Nicolas Doll

Postdoctoral fellow

Nicolas obtained his master degree in Biosciences at the University of Lyon (France) in 2016. He conducted a PhD at the ENS de Lyon on the embryo/endosperm interface of maize and Arabidopsis. He obtained his PhD in 2019 and joined Moritz Nowack group in 2020, to work as a post-doc on maize starchy endosperm programmed cell death.

Qiangnan Feng

Qiangnan Feng

Postdoctoral fellow

Qiangnan obtained her PhD degree in 2017 in Cell Biology from Shandong Agricultural University, China, where her project focused on the complex role of GDIs in ROP-mediated pollen tube growth and role of AP-3 in plant reproduction and vacuolar trafficking. Thereafter, she joined Nowack's PCD lab in VIB, Gent. Currently, she is investigating the transcriptional network and the role of autophagy in lateral root cap PCD.

Ellie Himschoot

Ellie Himschoot

Postdoctoral fellow

Ellie obtained her Master in Biochemistry and Biotechnology at the University of Ghent graduating in 2012. In the same year she started a PhD project focussing on auxin-regulated PIN endocytsis in roots and the role of Ca2+ in this process in the Root Development Group (VIB-PSB). After obtaining her PhD, she joined the Programmed Cell Death group in 2018 as a postdoctoral researcher where she continued working on plant Ca2+ signaling in the context of PCD execution.


Roman Hudecek

Roman Hudecek

Predoctoral fellow

Roman obtained his Master degree in Biochemistry from the Masaryk University in Brno (Czech Republic) in 2016. His master thesis was focused on the optimization of expression conditions and purification of PIN hydrophilic loops (HLs) domains from Arabidopsis thaliana atPIN6 and Physcomitrella patens pPINA and pPINB respectively. Purified peptides were subsequently used for polyclonal antibodies production against this HLs for immunolocalization. In 2016 he joined the Programmed Cell death (PCD) group in VIB Department of Plant System Biology, Ghent University, as a PhD student. His project is aimed at dissecting the molecular regulation of developmental programmed cell death in the Arabidopsis root cap using reverse genetics and marker lines together with live cell imaging.

Marta Cubria Radio

Marta Cubria Radio

Predoctoral fellow

Marta obtained her Master degree in Environmental Agrobiology from the University of Barcelona (Spain) in 2014. Her master thesis was focused on the description of the floral senescence in Lilium longiflorum. Also in 2014, she performed an internship in Wageningen University (Netherlands) about meristem induction and initiation in lily bulb-scale. In 2015 she joined the Programmed Cell Death (PCD) group in VIB Department of Plant System Biology, Ghent University, as a PhD student. Her project is aimed to unravel regulators involved in PCD in the flower of Arabidopsis thaliana and Zea mays.

Marina Trivino

Marina Trivino

Predoctoral fellow

Marina obtained a Master’s degree in Science Research in 2015 at the University of Extremadura (Badajoz, Spain), finishing with a master thesis in aerobiology, the study of airborne pollen and spores). Her first contact with plant research was via a scholarship on microseed germination at Extremadura University many years before, but during her studies she also had the opportunity to spend a few months at INIAV (Oeiras, Portugal) involved in a project of herbicide-resistant weed. Furthermore, she worked on a project investigating Prunus self-incompatibility in CICYTEX (Guadajira, Spain). Now, she's doing a joint PhD at Ghent University and Aberystwyth University (Maurice Bosch) on self-incompatibility conveyed by programmed cell death in incompatible pollen.

Marie Pfeiffer

Marie Pfeiffer

Predoctoral fellow

Marie obtained her bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Bonn (Germany). During her master’s degree studies in Biology - which she performed at Ghent University - she joined Moritz Nowack's Programmed Cell Death (PCD) lab for her master thesis which focused on the engineering of CRISPR-Cas9 based transcriptional regulation systems to be used as a tool in plant PCD research. After graduation, Marie started her PhD studies in the PCD lab and in 2018 she obtained a PhD Fellowship fundamental research by FWO to perform research on the possible role of kinases in plant PCD. The project involves the development of novel CRISPR-Cas9 based tools as a collaboration between the Nowack and Jacobs lab at VIB.

Fei Xie

Fei Xie

Predoctoral fellow

Fei obtained his Master's degree in Olericulture from Huazhong Agricultural University (China) in 2018. During his master thesis, he investigated the mechanism of incompatible nucleoplasm interaction in Chinese cabbage with cytoplasmic male sterility. In 2018, he joined in Moritz Nowack's PCD lab at VIB, as a PhD student. Currently, he is focusing on the investigation of the molecular mechanisms of Papaver rhoeas self-incompatibility induced programmed cell death in Arabidopsis thaliana.


Freya De Winter

Freya De Winter

Lab manager

Freya finished her High School Biochemistry in 1993 at Mariagaard Kwatrecht, followed by one year specialization of Drugstore and Cosmetics (KTA-Gent: 1993-1994). She started working at the UGent lab of Genetics of Prof. Dr. Marc Van Montagu, where she participated in several projects. She joined the Plant Systems Biology (PSB) department in the Oxidative Stress Signaling group of Prof. Frank Van Breusegem, then she worked, since 2001, in the Organ Growth Regulation group of Prof. Gerrit Beemster. In 2009, she joined the Programmed Cell Death group at PSB where she provides technical support for all ongoing projects of PhDs and postdoctoral scientists.

 

Anna Daneva – Postdoc – Left in 2019
Ambra De Simone
– Postdoc – Left in 2018
Marlies Huysman
– PhD – Left in 2018
Matthias Van Durme
– PhD – Left in 2017
Zhen Gao – PhD – Left in 2017 
Robert P. Kumpf 
– Postdoc – Left in 2016
Joan Renard Meseguer – Master student – Left in 2015 
Tom Van Hautegem – PhD – Left in 2014
Matyas Fendrych – Postdoc – Left in 2014
Yadira Olvera Carillo – Postdoc –  Left in 2014
Noemi Skorzinski – Master student – Left in 2014
Yuliya Salanenka – Postdoc – Left in 2013