Thomas obtained his PhD in Wayne Parrott’s lab at the University of Georgia in 2014 developing several functional genomics tools for soybean, including gene silencing and CRISPR vector systems. For his postdoctoral work, he joined Greg Martin’s lab at the Boyce Thompson Institute, working on a targeted mutagenesis pipeline to study the plant-pathogen interaction between tomato and Pseudomonas syringae. In 2016 he joined Plant Systems Biology as an expert scientist leading the Plant Genome Editing group.
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Mansour obtained his bachelor of Biology and Master of Plant Sciences from Isfahan University (Iran). He did his PhD in field of Molecular Genetics (Biotechnology) and graduated in 1999 from Lab of Molecular Genetics, Faculty of Science, Ghent University (Belgium). During his PhD he isolated and analyzed plant promoters that are induced upon plant parasitic nematode infection. After his PhD he joined to the Genomics group of PSB and constructed a big collection of Gateway destination vectors by using recombination based cloning technology. The PSB Gateway collection provides plant destination Gateway vectors and distributes them worldwide. In 2015 Mansour joined the technology developments unite and in 2016 he joined the Plant Genome Editing group where he is busy to generate a toolkit of CRISPR/CAS system.
Ward obtained his Master degree in Biochemistry and Biotechnology from the University of Leuven in 2011. For 5 years he was working in the Plant Transformation Group at CropDesign (BASF Plant Science). Focusing on the tissue culture and transformation of different crops, but also working on different genome editing projects. In 2016, he started his PhD in the Plant Genome Editing group in the VIB Department of Plant System Biology, Ghent University.
Jonas Blomme obtained his Master's Degree in Biology at Ghent University in 2011. He joined the Systems Biology of Yield group during his master thesis, which involved scoring the growth phenotype of mutants producing larger leaves on mild stress conditions. He continued working in the lab of Dirk Inzé and started his PhD study with an IWT grant. His research focus was initially screening potential new cell cycle regulators, known to interact with core cell cycle regulators, for leaf growth phenotypes. His current work involves characterising proteins involved in mitochondrial gene expression, in collaboration with the labs of Harvey Millar and Moussa Benhamed."
Debbie Rombaut obtained the degree of professional Bachelor in Biomedical Laboratory Techniques with specialization in Pharmacy and Biotechnology at KAHO Sint-Lieven, Ghent-Belgium in 1993. She started working at the UGent lab of Genetics of prof. M Van Montagu in 1995 and joined the Plant Systems Biology (PSB) department in the lab of Ann Van Gysel in 1996. Having worked in the group of Quantitative Genomics, Oxidative Stress Signaling and Functional Interactomics, where she assists PhDs and postdoctoral scientists with their ongoing projects and thus having practical skills in a great range of molecular biology techniques, she joined the group of Plant Genome Editing in September 2016.