Bert De Rybel graduated from the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering of Ghent University in 2005 before starting his PhD research in the group of prof. Tom Beeckman, focusing on early lateral root development. For his postdoctoral research, he moved to the lab of prof. Dolf Weijers at Wageningen University in early 2010 funded by Marie-Curie and FEBS postdoc grants. Here, he initiated work on early vascular development. He received a prestigious NWO VIDI grant to continue this line of research in an independent manner. Funded by an FWO Odysseus II and an ERC Starting Grant, Bert is currently heading the ‘Vascular Development’ lab within VIB; is associate professor at Ghent University and was elected EMBO young investigator in 2019. His group aims at integrating developmental, cell and evolutionary biology to understand how plant vascular tissues develop.
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