Lab Members and Alumni

 

Daniël Van Damme

Daniël Van Damme

Daniël Van Damme graduated from the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering of Ghent University in 2001. His doctoral work focused on the mechanism of plant division plane determination. Daniel obtained his PhD under the supervision of Dr. Danny Geelen and Prof. Dirk Inzé at the Faculty of Sciences of Ghent University in 2006. He subsequently started his postdoctoral research in the group of Dr. Danny Geelen and continued in the group of Dr. Jenny Russinova within the Department of Plant Systems Biology of the VIB/UGent working on the role of aurora kinases in division plane orientation and the function of the TPLATE complex in clathrin-mediated endocytosis. Since June 2012, he became expert scientist and currently leads the Advanced Live Cell Imaging Group of the Department of Plant Systems Biology.

Urvashi Sharma

Urvashi Sharma

Postdoctoral fellow

Urvashi graduated in 2005 with a degree in Biochemistry from Devi Ahilya University (DAVV), India. She completed her PhD in Biotechnology from National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, India, under the supervision of Pro. C. G. Suresh in 2012. During her PhD she studied structure-function relationships of some of the plant lectins recognizing complex sugars using X-ray crystallography. Following PhD, she did postdoctoral work at CNRS-IBCP Lyon, France, within teams of Dr. Nushin Aghajari and Dr. David Hulmes, where she was involved in investigating the structural mechanisms of procollagen chain trimerization and processing till 2014. In 2016, she was involved in teaching M.Sc Biochemistry course at Tumkur University, Karnataka India as a Guest faculty. She joined Advanced Live Cell Imaging Group of the Department of Plant Systems Biology, VIB as a postdoctoral scientist to work with Prof Daniel Van Damme in 2017, here she is contributing into structural characterization of hetero-hexameric Tplate complex of plants playing key role in Clathrin mediated endocytosis by using a combination of X-ray crystallography/Cryo-EM methods.

Roman Pleskot

Roman Pleskot

Postdoctoral fellow

Roman Pleskot obtained his PhD in Plant Molecular Biology at the Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic (2014). He studied minor signaling phospholipids and their role in regulation of plant polar growth under the supervision of Dr. Martin Potocky and Dr. Viktor Zarsky. After finishing his PhD, he moved to Prof. Pavel Jungwirth’s lab (Institute of Chemistry and Biochemistry in Prague, Czech Republic), where he investigated interaction of calcium ions with lipid bilayers and proteins using methods of computational chemistry. During this time, he also studied membrane targeting of the exocyst complex in the lab of Dr. Zarsky. In his research, Roman employs variety of different approaches ranging from computational modelling, structural bioinformatics and biochemistry to live-cell imaging. In 2017, Roman joined the Advanced Live Cell Imaging group as a postdoctoral fellow and he is interested in general aspects of clathrin-mediated endocytosis initiation.


Klaas Yperman

Klaas Yperman

Predoctoral fellow

Klaas obtained a Master in Biochemistry/Biotechnology at Ghent University in 2015. He did his master II thesis in the lab of Dr. Jerry Ståhlberg and Dr. Mats Sandgren at SLU in Sweden where he focused on the binding of cellulose degrading enzymes (LPMOs) onto different substrates. In October 2015, he started as a PhD student in the ALICE group working on the structural elucidation of the TPLATE complex under the guidance of Dr. Daniël Van Damme.

Jie Wang

Jie Wang

Predoctoral fellow

Jie obtained his Master degree in Pesticides at South China Agricultural university, China (2015) under the supervision of Professor Hanhong Xu. His master project mainly focuses on investigating the phloem mobility of glucose-pesticides and visualizing their translocation in Castor bean. In October 2015, he joined the Advanced Live Cell Imaging Group as a PhD student working on the dynamic recruitment at the plasma membrane and the functional characterization of the different TPLATE complex subunits under the supervision of Dr. Daniël Van Damme.

Joanna Winkler

Joanna Winkler

Predoctoral fellow

Joanna obtained a Master in Biology at Adam Mickiewicz University in 2010 and a Master in Biotechnology at the University of Life Sciences in Poznan in 2012. From 2013 to 2016, she was working in the Ecotoxicology Department in the GLP Laboratory (SORBO) in Poznan, Poland. She started in April 2016 as a PhD student in the Advanced Live Cell Imaging Group, working on the modulation of the function of the endocytic TPLATE complex under the supervision of Dr. Daniël Van Damme.

Deepanksha Arora

Deepanksha Arora

Predoctoral fellow

Deepanksha obtained her Master’s degree in Biotechnology at the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, India (2016). She did her master’s thesis under Dr. Harsh Chauhan, mainly focusing on expression analysis of PDR-type ABC transporters in rice under different stress conditions and developmental stages. In September 2016, she joined the Advanced Live Cell Imaging Group and the Functional Interactomics Group as a PhD student, working on the cargo proteins which are transported by TPLATE and AP2 complex subunits under the supervision of Dr. Daniël Van Damme.


Evelien Mylle

Evelien Mylle

Lab manager

Evelien Mylle graduated in 2001 as Industrial engineer, specialization biochemistry at the Provinciale Industriele Hogeschool (PIH) in Kortrijk, Belgium. After working 6 months at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology (DMBR) at Gent University, she moved to Brussels to work at the Scientific Institute of Public Health (IPH), section Biotechnology and Biosafety (SBB) to trace genetic modified organisms in food. Since August 2004, she joined the former Cell Biology Group (Prof. Danny Geelen) at PSB. From 2006 this group changed to the Brassinosteroids group under the supervision of Dr. Eugenia Russinova, where she contributed to study the Brassinosteroid pathway, mainly by using fluorescence microscopy techniques. In order to become more specialized in the microscopy field, she moved from January 2015 to the Advanced Live Cell Imaging group under the supervision of Dr. Daniel Van Damme to further develop new microscopy tools for plant cell biologists at PSB.

Michaël Vandorpe

Michaël Vandorpe

Technician

Michaël Vandorpe graduated in 2003 at KATHO Roeselare as Bachelor in biotechnology and started to work in the Oxidative Stress Signaling group at PSB. From January 2016 he joined the Advanced Live Cell Imaging group where he is mainly working on designing and testing dominant negative strategies to interfere with the TPLATE complex function as well as establishing interaction assays between TPLATE complex subunits.

 

  • Ken Kosetsu (2014-2017 postdoctoral fellow)
  • Joanna Boruc (2013-2017 postdoctoral fellow)
  • Annika Weimer (2013-2015 postdoctoral fellow)
  • Marjan Dirickx (2013-2014 visiting scientist)
  • Astrid Gadeyne (2007-2012, Joint PhD research project together with the Functional Interactomics Group of Prof. Geert De Jaeger) 
  • Hanne Vandeputte (2018 professional bachelor student)
  • Laura Blommaert (2017-2018 Master I student)
  • Andreas De Meyer (2017-2018 Master I student)
  • Kim Lecompte (2017-2018 Master I student)
  • Kelly De Lange (2017 professional Bachelor student)
  • Julie Merchie (2016 professional Bachelor student)
  • Jessica Perez-Sancho (2016 visiting scientist)
  • Margaret Anne Pelayo (2015-2016 Master after Master student)
  • Charlotte Broche (2015-2016 Master II student)
  • Nora El Jattari (2015 professional Bachelor student)
  • Lana Hellebaut (2014-2015 Master II student)
  • Robbe De Deurwaerder (2014-2015 Master I student)
  • Amber Lampens (2014-2015 Master I student)
  • Karolina Warowny (2013-2014 erasmus Master student)
  • Jacobus Knetsch (2013 professional Bachelor student)
  • Sam De Decker (2012-2013 Master II student)