Main research field
My aim is to understand the interaction between wild Solanum species and potato pathogens, in particular the late blight oomycete pathogen Phytophthora infestans, the early blight fungus Alternaria solani, and Verticillium dahliae. My studies are conducted at the interface of resistance breeding and molecular plant-microbe interaction studies. I am targeted to exploit this knowledge to achieve a more effective resistance by using multiple layers of defense.
Main fields of study: effectoromics, molecular plant-microbe interactions, plant breeding, phytopathology, functional genomics, comparative genomics.
Qualifications and working experience
2013 - current Assistant professor “Effector-driven resistance breeding in potato” Wageningen UR Plant Breeding
2000 –2012 Research scientist “Resistance to Phytophthora infestans in potato”, Wageningen UR Plant Breeding
1998 – 2000 Post-doc “Elicitin gene family of Phytophthora infestans”, Laboratory of Phytopathology, Wageningen University
1994 –1998 PhD study at Centre for Plant Reproduction Research & Laboratory of Phytopathology, Wageningen University, Promotor: PJGM de Wit, Co-promoter: F. Govers, L. Colon. PhD thesis: “Molecular and cellular biology of resistance to Phytophthora infestans in Solanum species”. PhD graduation: 5-1-2001.
1993 –1994 Additional study “Molecular interaction between Cladosporium fulvum and tomato”, Laboratory of Phytopathology, Wageningen University
1986 –1992 BSc & MSc study Biology, Wageningen University, Main subject: Plant Sciences, MSc graduation 27-8-1992.
My collection of tuerb-bearing Solanum species SolRgene database: the resource for potato disease resistance genes
Introduction to effectoromics “Agroinfiltration and PVX Agroinfection in Potato and Nicotiana benthamiana” , at http://www.jove.com/video/50971.