Lab members and alumni details

 

Anna Depicker

Ann Depicker

Ann Depicker has studied Biology at Ghent University and obtained her PhD in 1979 with promotors Prof. Jeff Schell and Prof. Marc Van Montagu on the characterization of the nopaline Ti plasmid in Agrobacterium. Subsequently, she performed postdoctoral studies at the University of California, working on the identification of the T-DNA borders and T-DNA integration in the plant tumors together with Patti Zambryski. Upon return to Ghent University in the department of Prof. Marc Van Montagu, she worked on the development of plant selectable markers and the use of Agrobacterium as plant genome engineer. From 1990 onwards, she is teaching genetics, epigenetics and plant biotechnology. In 1996, she became group leader in the VIB Plant Systems Biology department, and in 2002 she was appointed Full professor and head of the department of Plant Biotechnology and Bioinformatics at Ghent University.

Véronique Boudolf

Véronique Boudolf

Postdoctoral fellow

Véronique Boudolf graduated as a Master in Bioscience Engineeringin 1996 at Ghent University in Belgium, with a specialization in Cell and Gene Biotechnology. She performed a Master's dissertation on Bt toxins in the biotech company Plant Genetic Systems (PGS, now part of Bayer CropScience). After her Master's degree she stayed at the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering for two years to work on integrated pest management. In 1999, supported by an IWT PhD grant, she moved to the Faculty of Science to start studying the plant cell cycle. She obtained her PhD in 2004 at the Plant Systems Biology(PSB) department of the VIB/Ghent University under the supervision of Prof. L. De Veylder. Supported by an FWO fellowship, she could continue her research in the same group with a focus on the molecular regulation and the physiological role of endoreduplication in plants. In 2013, she joined the Plant-made Antibodies and Immunogens group of Prof. A. Depicker as a Post-doctoral assistant.


Jorge Palaci Bataller

Jorge Palaci Bataller

Predoctoral fellow

Jorge Palaci Bataller graduated in 2013 as a Master in Biotechnology at the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) in Spain. During his MSc project, he specialized on the "GoldenBraid" DNA cloning system for the evaluation of plant promoters and terminators in the research group of Prof. D. Orzaez (IBMCP, Valencia, Spain). Also in 2013, he joined the Plant-made Antibodies and Immunogens group of Prof. A. Depicker as PhD student to work on the in-seed production of antibodies and vaccines and the development of a strategy for the prevention of the piglet post-weaning diarrhea disease.

Shruti Bakshi

Shruti Bakshi

Predoctoral fellow

Shruti Bakshi obtained her Bachelor in Biotechnology in Devi Ahilya University, India, and her Master degree in Biotechnology in Pune University, India. She did her Master’s project “Identification of biomarkers for breast cancer“ at the National Centre for Cell Science, Pune. After her Master, she worked as a research fellow at Delhi University, India and focused on developing diagnostic tests for infectious diseases. She joined Prof. Ann Depicker’s group as a pre-doctoral fellow in June, 2015. Her main interest is to investigate the role of monomeric and secretory IgA for protection against human respiratory syncytial virus at the pulmonary mucosal surface in comparison with the existing IgG treatments (in collaboration with Prof. Xavier Saelens and Dr. Bert Schepens of the UGent department Biomedical Molecular Biology, and VIB department Biomedical Biotechnology). Shruti Bakshi is also involved in another project focused on targeting vaccine molecules to elicit potent intestinal immunity protection against enteropathogens in the piglet model (in collaboration with Prof E. Cox of the UGent laboratory of Immunology).

Ashuwini THARAD

Ashuwini THARAD

Predoctoral fellow

Ashuwini Tharad obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Microbiology from the Abasaheb Garware College, Pune, India and Master’s degree in Virology from the National Institute of Virology, Pune, India. She did her Master’s project in “Analysis of the Antibody Profile of Dengue Virus Infected Individuals using Recombinant Core protein” in the Dengue research group of Dr. Cecilia Dayaraj (NIV, Pune). She has worked as a Junior Research Assistant at Actis Biologics Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai. She joined Prof. Ann Depicker’s group as a predoctoral fellow in August, 2015. Her main interest is to develop a plant seed-expression system for the production of candidate vaccine molecules and to evaluate their efficacy to elicit potent intestinal mucosal immunity for protection against porcine enteropathogens.


Katrien Maleux

Katrien Maleux

Technician

Katrien Maleux finished her Master of Science in Biology in 2007 at KU Leuven, with a specialization in Plant Physiology. In 2008 she started working at the VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology (PSB) where she developed practical skills in a broad range of molecular biology techniques. As a member of the Systems Biology of Yield lab of Prof. Dirk Inzé, she contributed to the Yield project by screening genetic lines of Arabidopsis and maize, both in vitro and in soil and assessing their phenotype on drought tolerance. From 2014 until 2016, she was operator of two automated greenhouse phenotyping platforms in the department. In 2017 she joined the Plant-made Antibodies and Immunogens group of Prof. Ann Depicker where the main focus is on molecular farming. She’s giving technical support for the GlycoDelete and ETEC projects of Dr. Véronique Boudolf, hereby expanding her knowledge in glycoprotein analyses and immuno-assays.

 

Paloma Juarez (2014-2017)
Vikram Virdi (2008-2017)
Jonah Nolf (2006-2017)
Els Van Lerberge (1998-2017)
Thomas De Meyer (2009-2015)
Robin Piron (2009-2014)
Annelies De Paepe (2004-2013)
Francisco Miguel Lopez Cardoso (2010-2012)
Sylvie De Buck (1996-2012)
Kirsten De Wilde (2005-2011)
Leen Vermeersch (2005-2010)
Rim Ghedira (2006-2009)
Nancy De Winne (2007-2009)
Joke Baute (2004-2008)
Andreas Loos (2006-2007)
Anni Jacobs (1983-2007)
Bart Van Droogenbroeck (2004-2007)
Annick Bleys (2002-2006)
Ingrid Peck (2000-2006)
Gert Van Der Auwera (2002-2006)
Gordana Marjanac (2001-2005)
Thierry Aelbrecht (2000-2005)
Leen Van Houdt (1996-2004)
Geert Van Haute (2002-2004)
Nancy Podevin (1999-2004)
Rubén Dario Garcia Pérez (1999-2003)
Geert De Jaeger (1995-2003)
Isabelle Strobbe (1999-2003)
Pieter Windels (2000-2003)
Dominique Eeckhout (1997-2003)
Koen Peeters (1996-2000)
Chris De Wilde (1994-1999)
Anne-Marie Bruyns (1994-1998)
Myriam De Neve (1990-1996)
Peter Breyne (1989-1994)
Geert Angenon (1986-1990)
Ivan Ingelbrecht (1984-1989)
Lieve Herman (1984-1988)