Principal Investigator

Ikram Blilou, PhD

Professor in Plant Science​​​​​​​

Research Interest: Root system architecture, Root development, Pattern formation, Gene regulatory networks, Live imaging, Cell biology, Adaptation to desert conditions

Postdoctoral Fellows

Wouter Smet

Postdoc

Research Interest: Plant development, Asymmetric cell division, Protein-protein interaction, Abiotic Stress, Calotropis procera

Paula Nicole Oyarce

Postdoc

Research Interest: Metabolomics, Abiotic Stress, Cell wall analysis, Molecular biology

Himanshu V. Patankar

Postdoc

Research Interest: Date palm biology, Salinity, Abiotic Stress, Transcriptome

Gwendolyn K. Kirschner

Postdoc

Research Interest: Plant development, Bioinformatics, Cell and molecular biology, Live imaging, Root development

Shyam Gundu

Postdoc

Research Interest: Plant development, Genetics, Gene regulatory networks, Cell biology

Ting Ting Xiao

Postdoc

Research Interest: Cell biology, Root system architecture in date palm

PhD Students

Pepijn Bais

PhD Student

Research Interest: FRET-FLIM, Plant development, Cell biology, Confocal Microscopy

Monika Gyongyi Macias Honti

PhD Student

Research Interest: Bioinformatics, Molecular biology, Plant defense and hormonal signaling pathways

Fatimah Aljedaani

PhD Student

Research Interest: Date palm biology, Genome editing technologies

Louai K. Alidrissi

PhD Student

Research Interest: Gene regulatory networks, Live imaging, Plant development

Vinicius M. Lube

PhD Student

Research Interest: Root system architecture, Live imaging technologies, Phenomics, Automation

Yang (Sunny) Zhang

PhD Student​​​​

Research Interest: Mechanism regulating plant defence trade-off

Masters Students

Majed Abdulaziz Alghamdi

Masters Student

Research Interest: Bioinformatics, Cell and molecular biology, Bioengineering, Plant-pathogen interaction

Ayman Farran

Masters Student

Research Interest: Cell and molecular biology, Genome editing technologies, Live imaging

Tatiana Castillo Hernandez

Masters Student

Research Interest: Cell and molecular biology, Genome editing technologies, Developmental Biology, Plant Physiology

Research Group Staff

Yasha Zhang

Lab Support

Abrar Deek

Lab Support​

Trang Minh Dinh

Lab Support

Visiting Student

Jesse De Vries

Visiting Student

Research Interest: Molecular biology, Plant biology and genetics, Biochemistry

Anju Shanmukhan

Visiting Student

Research Interest: Live imaging, Plant development

Catalina Villagomez

Visiting Student

Research Interest: Molecular biology, Microbiology, Biotechnology, Bioengineering