Pauwels Laurens

Pauwels Laurens - Staff scientist
Joined the group in 2003

Laurens Pauwels is leading the Crop Genome Engineering Facility at VIB. Their mission is to make gene editing in crops more accessible for researchers.

His career started with a  PhD in the Alain Goossens lab at VIB-UGent, where he used protein-protein interaction mapping and reverse genetics to unravel jasmonate transcriptional regulation in Arabidopsis. After a stay at UC Davis with Judy Callis working on protein ubiquitination and degradation, he returned to the Goossens lab to continue this research line, and set up CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing in the lab for yeast, Arabidopsis and tomato. In 2017, he started the Crop Genome Engineering Facility.

The research in the Pauwels lab currently focuses on improving methods for CRISPR delivery and plant regeneration within maize and soybean. Other projects include engineering of Agrobacterium tumefaciens, combining haploid induction and genome editing, gene editing of other species such as wheat and sorghum.