Principal Investigator

Ikram Blilou, PhD

Professor in Plant Science​​​​​​​

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

Postdoctoral Fellows

Wouter Smet

Postdoc

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

Paula Nicole Oyarce

Postdoc

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

Himanshu V. Patankar

Postdoc

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

Gwendolyn K. Kirschner

Postdoc

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

Shyam Gundu

Postdoc

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

Ting Ting Xiao

Postdoc

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

PhD Students

Pepijn Bais

PhD Student

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

Fatimah Aljedaani

PhD Student

Research Interests: Date palm biology, Genome editing technologies

Louai K. Alidrissi

PhD Student

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

Vinicius M. Lube

PhD Student

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

Yang (Sunny) Zhang

PhD Student​​​​

Research Interests: Mechanism regulating plant defence trade-off

Masters Students

Majed Abdulaziz Alghamdi

Masters Student

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

Ayman Farran

Masters Student

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

Tatiana Castillo Hernandez

Masters Student

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

Research Group Staff

Yasha Zhang

Lab Support

Trang Minh Dinh

Lab Support

Visiting Student

Jesse De Vries

Visiting Student

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

Anju Shanmukhan

Visiting Student

Research Interests: Live imaging, Plant development

Catalina Villagomez

Visiting Student

Research Interests: Molecular biology, Microbiology, Biotechnology, Bioengineering