Lab Members and Alumni

 

Jenny Russinova

Jenny Russinova

Jenny Russinova has studied Biotechnology in Sofia University, St. Kliment Ohridski and obtained her PhD at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. Subsequently, she performed postdoctoral studies at Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands in the lab of Sacco De Vries where she worked on understanding the function, mechanisms of activation and the subcellular compartmentalization of plant receptor-like kinases called SERKs. In 2006, she started her own research group focusing on brassinosteroid signaling regulation in plants.

NEMANJA VUKAŠINOVIĆ

NEMANJA VUKAŠINOVIĆ

Postdoctoral fellow

Nemanja obtained Diploma in Biology at University of Belgrade in 2010. He did his thesis under the supervision of Dr. Ivana Momcilovic at the Institute for Bilogical Research “Sinisa Stankovic” (Belgrade, Serbia), where he investigated effects of salicylic acid on the development of induced heat tolerance in potato. In 2011 he moved to Prague and joined the lab of Viktor Zarsky where he studied roles of the exocyst complex in secretion and cell wall biogenesis under the supervision of Dr. Lukas Synek. His main focus was involvement of the exocyst complex in xylogenesis and for that purpose he used xylem trans-differentiation systems to investigate subcellular localization of the exocyst subunits. He obtained his PhD in 2016 and shortly after moved to Jenny Russinova’s lab where he started his quest for novel regulators of BR signalling

Derui Liu

Derui Liu

Postdoctoral fellow

Derui obtained his PhD degree in Genetics at University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, China (2013), under the joint supervision of Prof. Mengmin Hong and Prof. Xiuling Cai. His thesis was unraveling the functions of Spen-like genes in rice development control and how granule-bound starch synthase 1 (OsGBSS1) activity is controlled. In 2014, he joined Prof. Tobias Baskin lab at University of Massachusetts as a postdoctoral scientist and studying the nanomechanics of cellulose and cellulose synthesis in Arabidopsis thaliana. and Brachypodium distachyon. From February 2016, he joined the lab of Dr. Jenny Russinova studying the interaction between endocytosis and receptor-like kinases signaling.

YONGHONG ZHANG

YONGHONG ZHANG

Postdoctoral fellow

Yonghong obtained his PhD degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Huazhong Agricultural University, China in 2015. He did his thesis at National Key Laboratory of Crop Genetic Improvement under the supervision of Dr. Jian Xu where he investigated how root growth response to light in Arabidopsis and rice. In 2016, he was recruited by Hubei University of Medicine as an assistant professor and began to initial a chemical genetic project on phenotypic based screening of cell growth inhibitors from library of plant natural products. In October 2018, he joined the lab of Dr. Jenny Russinova as a visiting scientist to gain experience in methods for small molecule target identification.

VIVEK HALDER

VIVEK HALDER

Postdoctoral fellow

Vivek obtained his Master of Science in Biotechnology from the University of Calcutta, India in 2010. In 2011, he was awarded the German DAAD scholarship to pursue his PhD in plant chemical biology in the lab of Dr. Erich Kombrink at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research (MPIPZ) in Cologne, Germany. In his PhD, he dissected the salicylic acid signaling pathway in Arabidopsis thaliana using chemical probes and identified novel plant defense inducers and signaling components. In May 2015, after finishing his PhD, he started working as a shared postdoc between the MPIPZ, Cologne and the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany under the supervision of Prof. Markus Kaiser. During this time, he elucidated the mode-of-action of fungal and bacterial compounds modulating plant growth. In August 2018, he joined Dr. Jenny Russinova’s laboratory to perform the mode-of-action and target identification studies of synthetic plant growth regulators using the Cellular Thermal Shift Assay (CETSA) approach.


YAOWEI WANG

YAOWEI WANG

Predoctoral fellow

Yaowei has obtained his Bachelor degree in Northwest A&F University, China, Majored in Agronomy. Then, he moved to Shanghai Center for Plant Stress Biology(PSC), CAS for his Master degree. His master thesis was accomplished in the lab of Prof. Yan Xiong, where he worked on TOR (Target of Rapamycin) signaling. In October 2018, he joined Dr. Jenny Russinova’s group to work on brassinosteroid signaling.

Xiuyang Zhao

Xiuyang Zhao

Predoctoral fellow

Xiuyang obtained a Master Degree in Cell Biology at Lanzhou University, P. R. China in 2015. He did his thesis at the Key Laboratory of Cell Activities and Stress Adaptations, Ministry of Education, P. R. China under supervision of Dr. Zheng Guochang (Academician of Chinese Academy of Science), where he investigated the role of a novel ribonucleoprotein in the network of microRNAs and the stress tolerance in Arabidopsis thaliana. In September 2015, he started his PhD research in the lab of Dr. Jenny Russinova working on endocytic regulation of brassinosteroid signaling in Arabidopsis thaliana.

Qing Lu

Qing Lu

Predoctoral fellow

Qing obtained his Master degree in Bioengineering at Shandong University, China, in 2015, under the supervision of Prof. Xiang Fengning. His thesis was focus on the functional analysis of microRNA in brassinosteroid signaling in Arabidopsis thaliana. In September 2015, he obtained a CSC grant and started his PhD research in the lab of Dr. Jenny Russinova, working on small molecule dissection of brassinosteroid signaling in Arabidopsis thaliana.

Cheng Zhang

Cheng Zhang

Predoctoral fellow

Cheng obtained his Master degree in Agronomy at Nanjing Agricultural University, China in 2016, under the supervision of Prof. Jinggui Fang. His study during the Master degree was focused on nutrients uptake and gene expression-based fertilization of grapevine, and he was awarded the president scholarship of NAU in June 2016. In May 2016, he obtained a CSC scholarship grant and started his PhD research in the lab of Prof. Jenny Russinova working on brassinosteroid signalling interaction with other signalling pathways at the level of BIN2.

LUCAS ALVES NEUBUS CLAUS

LUCAS ALVES NEUBUS CLAUS

Predoctoral fellow

Lucas has obtained his Bachelor degree in Agronomy at the University of São Paulo/Luiz de Queiroz College of Agriculture (USP/ESALQ) in Brazil. During his bachelor, he investigated the role of the RALF (Rapid Alkalinization Factor) hormone peptide in Arabidopsis development under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Daniel Scherer de Moura. In 2015 he moved to France to do his Master degree in Plant Science at the University of Paris-Sud. He did his thesis at the VIB-UGent Center for Plant System Biology in the lab of Prof. Dr. Jenny Russinova where he investigated the role of the co-receptor BAK1 in endocytosis of BRI1 and PEPR1. Since September 2017, he is a PhD student in the lab of Prof. Dr. Jenny Russinova expanding his study to the role of BAK1 trafficking in plant development and immunity.

Mounashree

Mounashree

Predoctoral fellow

Mounashree obtained her Master degree in Biochemistry from the Department of Studies in Biochemistry, University of Mysore, India in 2013. Her master thesis was carried out under the supervision of Dr. Appu Rao where she worked on finding out anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant potentials of two plant flavonoids. In 2014 she joined CSIR-CFTRI, Mysore as a Research Intern and worked on plant biomolecules and their effects on N-Glycan processing enzymes with direct correlation to fruit ripening process under the supervision of Dr. Nandini Shetty. She later joined Prof. Dr. Claus-Peter Witte’s group in Hannover, Germany in 2016 as a guest researcher where she worked on metabolic fate of m6-AMP arising from RNA turnover. In June 2018, she joined the group of Prof. Dr. Jenny Russinova working on Brassinosteroid signaling in Arabidopsis thaliana.

Anaxi Houbaert

Anaxi Houbaert

Predoctoral fellow

Anaxi obtained a Master in Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology at the University of Brussels (ULB) in 2012. He did his thesis at the Plant Biotechnology Centre (LBV) in the lab of Dr. Marie Baucher in association with the Bacterial Genetics and Physiology Lab(LGPB) under supervision of Dr. Laurence Van Melderen where he investigated the use of E. coli toxin-antitoxin systems for gene containment in transgenic plants. In January 2014 he started his PhD research in the lab of Dr. Jenny Russinova working on the signal integration and specificity in brassinosteroid signalling in Arabidopsis thaliana.


Isabelle Vanhoutte

Isabelle Vanhoutte

Lab manager

Isabelle obtained her B.Sc in Pharmaceutical and Biological techniques in1997 at KaHo St-Lieven in Gent. She graduated in 1999 from the Larenstein International Agricultural College (Velp, Netherlands) as Industrial engineer in Laboratory Science with specialisation in Plant Biotechnology. She worked for 2 years at Bayer Cropscience in the area of molecular assisted breeding of oilseed rape before joining the VIB in 2001. At the VIB she first joined the group of Prof. G. Gheysen mainly doing whole-mount RNA in-situ hybridisation of plant parasitic nematodes. After 2 years she joined another group to check the presence of previously selected cDNA-AFLP tags in 50.000 genes of a MJM treated BY2 cDNA library under supervision of Dr. Pierre Hilson and Prof Alain Goossens. Subsequently she worked on identification of genes involved in sexual differentiation of P. monodon and the development of a genetic map of P. monodon in the group of Dr. Frank Van Breusegem. In 2007 she joined the group of Dr. Russinova and she is currently involved in research on Brassinosteroids in Arabidopsis.

 

Dr Daniel V. Savatin
Dr Kun Wang (College of Life Science, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China)
Dr Isha Sharma (ICAR-National Academy of Agricultural Research Management, Hyderabad, India)
Dr Manish Tiwari (National Institute of Plant Genome Research, New Delhi, India)
Dr Wim Dejonghe (Cutler lab, University of California, Riverside, US)
Dr Rahul Kumar (Department of Plant Sciences, University of Hyderabad, Telangana, India)
Dr Kiril Mishev (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria)
Dr Camilla Betti (Department of Medicine, University of Perugia, Italy)
Dr Fausto Andrés Ortiz Morea (University of the Amazon, Florencia, Colombia)
Dr Yu Luo (Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China)
Dr Simone Di Rubbo
Dr Corina Codreanu
Dr Joanna Boruc (Van Damme lab, VIB, Belgium)
Dr Silvie Coutuer (Bekaert NV, Belgium)
Dr Charles Hachez (Chaumont lab, Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium)
Dr Daniël Van Damme (VIB, Belgium)
Dr Niloufer Irani (Moore lab, University of Oxford, UK)
Dr Gustavo Gudesblat (University of Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Dr Miroslava Zhiponova (University of Sofia, Bulgaria)
Dr Anna-Maria Szatmari
Guilherme Pereira de Oliveira
(PhD student)
Joanna Pizon (PhD student)
Ceylan Ayada (PhD student)
Evelien Mylle (Lab manager, Van Damme lab, VIB, Belgium)
Dr Konstantinos Alexiou (Visiting scientist)
Dr Cecile Vriet (Visiting scientist)
Petra Jiroutová (Visiting PhD student)
Chhavi Aggarval (Visiting PhD student)
Alberto de Marcos (Visiting PhD student)
Elisa Figueiredo (Visiting PhD student)
Lucas Alves NeubuS Claus (Master student)
Thao Bui Phuong (Master student)
Marieke Lippens (Master student)
Leentje De Puysseleyr (Master student)
Josephine Horré (Master student, KAHO)
Liesbeth De Geest (Master student, KAHO)
Els Van Ammel (Master student, KAHO)
Víctor de Prado Parralejo (Exchange student)
Lucie Pilarova (Exchange student)
Balkan Canher
(Exchange student)
Elzbieta Fornal (Exchange student)
Leyla Öztürk (Exchange student)
Oliwia Najer (Exchange student)
Maria Camen Barroso Lopez (Exchange student)
Maria Duda (Exchange student)
Magdalena Zimon (Exchange student)
Szymon Derwich (Exchange student)
Miglena Ugrinova (Exchange student)