Research scientist: crop wild relatives
My research involves molecular genetic studies on crop varieties and on wild plant species closely related to crops to unravel ecological and evolutionary dynamics in natural ecosystems and agricultural landscapes. I am particularly interested in genomic research on wild coffee (Coffea spp., Rubiaceae), banana (Musa spp., Musaceae), and bean species (Phaseolinae). Within these groups, I aim to unravel genetic relationships between wild species, between wild species and crop varieties, and between crop varieties to gain insights in their evolutionary and domestication history. In addition, I am focusing on interactions of these crops and their wild relatives with the abiotic and biotic environment, including host-parasite relationships and climate adaptation responses.
I am experienced in the processing and interpretation of high-throughput sequencing data retrieved from different types of genomic libraries, including genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS), multiplex amplicon sequencing, and whole genome sequencing libraries. As part of previous and ongoing projects, I like to develop computational tools (mainly in python) for the processing of high-throughput sequencing data.
- PhD, KU Leuven - Ghent University, Leuven - Ghent, Belgium, 2022
- MSc, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, 2016
- Research associate, Meise Botanic Garden, Meise, Belgium, 2022-ongoing
- Lecturer Hasselt University, 2023-ongoing
- Research associate, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, 2021
- Research associate, Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food (ILVO), Melle, Belgium, 2017-2019
- Research associate, Meise Botanic Garden, Meise, Belgium, 2016-2017
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