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Name RJM Kormelink

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DescriptionAssociate Professor
OrganizationDepartment of Plant Sciences
Organization UnitLaboratory of Virology
Phone+31 317 483 085
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Phone 2+31 6 41665058
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Visiting addressDroevendaalsesteeg 1
Postal addressPostbus 16


After he obtained his PhD in 1994 at the Laboratory of Virology of Wageningen University with Rob Goldbach on the “Structure and expression of the Tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV) genome, a plant-infecting bunyavirus”, he spent some time at the John Innes Centre (UK) as a post-doctoral researcher working on Geminiviruses. After he returned he became assigned as principal investigator of the Tospovirus research group at the Laboratory of Virology. From the start of his PhD research and onwards, he aimed to unravel the molecular biology of TSWV, with a major discovery on the use of cap-snatching for the very first plant virus, to identify and characterize viral gene functions, to study the cytopathology of the virus with emphasis on particle assembly and the interplay with the host. During this time, he has supervised several post-docs, foreign (under) graduate students, and PhD students that have graduated on this work. In the past 10 years the emphasis in his research slowly moved more towards virus-host interactions with major emphasis on four major themes 1) The intracellular replication cycle, 2) Innate immunity (RNAi) and viral counter defense, 3) Natural resistance genes and viral effectors, and 4) Influenza-/bunyavirus genome transcription initiation. One of the major driving forces in all his research lies in his interest in the evolutionary relation between the plant- and animal-infecting bunyaviruses, and the commonalities in cell biology and innate immunity between the animal and plant kingdom. 

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Towards broad, stable and durable resistance against Tomato yellow leaf curl virus (geminivirus) disease in tomato: studies on a Ty-1 triggered epigenetic antiviral defense mechanism. 


Antiviral RNAi defense and viral counterdefense by RNA silencing suppressors.


The cell biology of the tospovirus intracellular replication cycle.


Cap-snatching and the potential of new antiviral drug design against Influenzaviruses, Bunyaviruses and Arenaviruses.


Horizontal gene transfer & persistent infections

Nanobiotechnology: Virus-like particles as carrier or scaffold for epitope-based vaccines.



Characterization and taxonomic classification of tospoviruses.


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