Moritz obtained his Master's degree of Biology at the University of Marburg, Germany, in 2002. During his PhD at the University of Cologne and the Max-Planck-Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne, he investigated regulatory elements of the core cell cycle machinery in Arabidopsis reproductive and vegetative development. After a postdoc on the same topic, Moritz set up his independent line of research on plant programmed cell death with an EMBO long term fellowship at the VIB PSB department in 2009, and became junior group leader at this institute soon thereafter. Since 2015, Moritz is a full research professor at the University of Gent in addition to his VIB group leader appointment.
Maria graduated in 2007 as Master in Molecular Biology at Komenius University (Slovakia) . She obtained her PhD in Eva Benkova’s lab (PSB, UGent, Belgium) in 2013, investigating transcriptional control of PIN auxin efflux carriers by cytokinin during root development. In 2015, she joined Moritz Nowack’s lab at PSB as postdoctoral researcher founded by IOF-StarTT from UGent. She focuses on delaying maize silk senescence to maximize hybrid seed production trough knowledge of the role of programmed cell death and senescence on the silk base.
Zongcheng obtained a B.E degree of Bio-engineering in 2011 in Harbin Institute of Technology in China. Thereafter, he conducted his PhD study in the Franklin-Tong's lab in University of Birmingham, where his project focused on the molecular mechanisms underlying the Papaver self-incompatibility and translational work transferring the Papaver SI system into other plant species. In 2015, he obtained his PhD degree and joined Nowack's PCD lab in VIB, Gent. Currently, he is investigating the cellular signalling cascades in lateral root cap PCD.
Anna studied Molecular Biology at the University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria, where she graduated as a bachelor of science in 2010. What followed was a 2-year stay in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. There, in the end of 2012 she obtained her master's degree in Molecular Medicine from Erasmus MC, Rotterdam. In 2013 Anna chose to switch fields and embarked on a PhD project in Plant Biology. In 2017, she got her PhD. Currently she is part of the Programmed Cell Death team headed by Moritz Nowack at PSB, Ghent. Anna focuses on senescence and cell death occurring during flower development in two model species: Arabidopsis and maize.
Rafaël ANDRADE BUONO
Rafael obtained his bachelor degree in Biology at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Brazil. He then joined the laboratory of Dr. Marisa Otegui at the Department of Botany at UW-Madison in the USA where he obtained his PhD working with mechanisms of endosomal sorting of membrane proteins for degradation. At Dr. Nowack’s laboratory he uses multiple imaging approaches to unravel the mechanisms responsible for the execution of cell death during lateral root cap cell PCD.
Ambra de Simone
Ambra studied Plant Biotechnology at the University of Milan in Italy obtaining her Master degree working as a foreign student on salt stress tolerance in rice at the University of Valencia, Spain. After an internship in microbiology at the ITC in Prague, Czech Republic she moved to Leeds where she carried out her PhD in Christine H. Foyer’s lab focusing her studies on the redox regulation of the cell cycle in Arabidopsis. In 2017 she joined Moritz Nowack’s lab at the VIB, Gent to investigate the redox signaling during developmental PCD in the lateral root cap.
Matthias Van Durme
Matthias obtained his Master in Biochemistry and Biotechnology in 2011 at the University of Ghent. To this day, he continues to work mainly on unfertilized flower senescence at the level of the ovule. As a side project, he investigates the use of CRISPR/Cas systems for plant genome editing.
Marta Cubria Radio
Marta obtained her Master degree in Environmental Agrobiology from the University of Barcelona (Spain) in 2014. Her master thesis was focused on the description of the floral senescence in Lilium longiflorum. Also in 2014, she performed an internship in Wageningen University (Netherlands) about meristem induction and initiation in lily bulb-scale. In 2015 she joined the Programmed Cell Death (PCD) group in VIB Department of Plant System Biology, Ghent University, as a PhD student. Her project is aimed to unravel regulators involved in PCD in the flower of Arabidopsis thaliana and Zea mays.
Marlies obtained her Master in biochemistry and biotechnology in 2013 at the University of Ghent. During her master thesis, she investigated developmental PCD in the endosperm and lateral root cap of Arabidopsis in the Programmed cell death lab at VIB. After her graduation, she stayed in the lab to continue her work on the genetic control of LRC PCD in the Arabidopsis.
Roman obtained his Master degree in Biochemistry from the Masaryk University in Brno (Czech Republic) in 2016. His master thesis was focused on the optimization of expression conditions and purification of PIN hydrophilic loops (HLs) domains from Arabidopsis thaliana atPIN6 and Physcomitrella patens pPINA and pPINB respectively. Purified peptides were subsequently used for polyclonal antibodies production against this HLs for immunolocalization. In 2016 he joined the Programmed Cell death (PCD) group in VIB Department of Plant System Biology, Ghent University, as a PhD student. His project is aimed at dissecting the molecular regulation of developmental programmed cell death in the Arabidopsis root cap using reverse genetics and marker lines together with live cell imaging.
Marina obtained a Master’s degree in Science Research in 2015 at the University of Extremadura (Badajoz, Spain), finishing with a master thesis in aerobiology, the study of airborne pollen and spores). Her first contact with plant research was via a scholarship on microseed germination at Extremadura University many years before, but during her studies she also had the opportunity to spend a few months at INIAV (Oeiras, Portugal) involved in a project of herbicide-resistant weed. Furthermore, she worked on a project investigating Prunus self-incompatibility in CICYTEX (Guadajira, Spain). Now, she's doing a joint PhD at Ghent University and Aberystwyth University (Maurice Bosch) on self-incompatibility conveyed by programmed cell death in incompatible pollen.
Freya De Winter
Freya finished her High School Biochemistry in 1993 at Mariagaard Kwatrecht, followed by one year specialization of Drugstore and Cosmetics (KTA-Gent: 1993-1994). She started working at the UGent lab of Genetics of Prof. Dr. Marc Van Montagu, where she participated in several projects. She joined the Plant Systems Biology (PSB) department in the Oxidative Stress Signaling group of Prof. Frank Van Breusegem, then she worked, since 2001, in the Organ Growth Regulation group of Prof. Gerrit Beemster. In 2009, she joined the Programmed Cell Death group at PSB where she provides technical support for all ongoing projects of PhDs and postdoctoral scientists.
Zhen Gao – PhD – Left in 2017
Robert P. Kumpf – Postdoc – Left in 2016
Joan Renard Meseguer – Master student – Left in 2015
Tom Van Hautegem – PhD – Left in 2014
Matyas Fendrych – Postdoc – Left in 2014
Yadira Olvera Carillo – Postdoc – Left in 2014
Noemi Skorzinski – Master student – Left in 2014
Yuliya Salanenka – Postdoc – Left in 2013