Lab members and alumni

 

Bert De Rybel

Bert De Rybel

Bert 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 post-doc on early vascular development, in early 2010 he moved to the lab of prof. Dolf Weijers at Wageningen University funded by Marie-Curie and FEBS post-doc grants. He received a prestigious NWO VIDI grant to continue this line of research in an independent manner. Early 2015, Bert moved back to the Department of Plant Systems Biology of VIB/Ghent University funded by an FWO Odysseus II grant to work as a project leader on vascular development. In 2016, Bert De Rybel was awarded an ERC Starting Grant and from 2017 onwards, he is group leader of the ‘Vascular Development’ lab in VIB and was appointed as professor at Ghent University.

Jos Wendrich

Jos Wendrich

Postdoctoral fellow

Jos finished his PhD in the lab of prof. Dolf Weijers at Wageningen University, the Netherlands in 2016. During his PhD, he studied transcriptional, proteomic, and cellular control of stem cell specification and maintenance in the Arabidopsis (embryonic) root. He currently started his first post-doctoral research in the lab of Bert De Rybel, studying the cell biology of periclinal cell divisions in plant roots at several levels, including microscopically and ultra-structurally.

BaoJun Yang

BaoJun Yang

Postdoctoral fellow

BaoJun finished his PhD in Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology, Shanghai in 2015. During his PhD, he studied the gene function involved in auxin signaling and brassinosteroid signaling by combining molecular, genetic, biochemical and cellular methods. In 2015, as a postdoctoral scientist, he continued to study the function of a novel microtubule associated protein in rice. His postdoctoral work on microtubule cytoskeleton regulation triggered his interest in development biology and oriented cell division control. From September 2017, he joined the lab of Bert De Rybel studying cell division orientation by establishing a cell-culture based system for genetic and high throughput chemical compounds screening.


Wouter Smet

Wouter Smet

Predoctoral fellow

Wouter graduated in 2014 as a Master of Plant Biotechnology at Wageningen University. After this, he started his PhD in the Weijers lab under supervision of Bert De Rybel, working on the control of periclinal cell division during vascular development. Early 2015, the team moved to VIB/Ghent University, to continue their work on vascular development. Wouter is studying factors downstream of the TMO5-LHW pathway, which are involved in controlling the orientation of vascular cell division.

Brecht Wybouw

Brecht Wybouw

Predoctoral fellow

Brecht graduated in 2014 as a Master of Biochemistry and Biotechnology at the University of Ghent, after which he started doing his PhD in the vascular development lab under supervision of Bert De Rybel. He is interested how cytokinin influences the control of periclinal cell divisions during vascular proliferation in the root.

Eliana Mor

Eliana Mor

Predoctoral fellow

Eliana graduated in 2015 as Master of Plant Biotechnology at University of Study of Milano. Then she started her PhD in the vascular development lab under supervision of Bert De Rybel. Her project aims to understand the specificity and the convergence of genetic pathways controlling the cell division orientation during formation of vascular tissues in plant.

Helena Arents

Helena Arents

Predoctoral fellow

Helena graduated in 2017 with a Master of Science in Biochemistry and Biotechnology at the University of Ghent, after which she started doing her PhD in the vascular development lab under supervision of Bert De Rybel. Her PhD project focusses on the influence of mechanical stress on vascular proliferation in plants and the molecular network behind it.


Jonah Nolf

Jonah Nolf

Lab manager

Jonah Nolf obtained the degree of professional Bachelor in Biomedical Laboratory Techniques with specialization in Pharmacy and Biotechnology at KAHO Sint-Lieven, Ghent-Belgium in 2006. Following his studies, he engaged himself to a technician position in the Department of Plant Biotechnology and Bioinformatics at Ghent University and in the Center for Plant Systems Biology at VIB. Over the years, he acquired expertise in a whole array of molecular biology techniques that are needed in any modern biotech laboratory. His main focus of expertise has however been in protein research. He has been involved in many projects where proteins need to be analysed and purified.

 

  • 2017: Max Minne (MSc)
  • 2016: Helena Arents (MSc); Jo Gysens (BSc); Kevin Verstaen (BSc)
  • 2015: Jens De Ceukeleire (BSc); Minh Bui Manh (BSc)