Arne Mertens

Research scientist: Molecular lab technician
Department: Research


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As a lab technician, I support researchers in answering their research questions. For this, the lab provides continued support in the form of:

  • Extracting DNA from plant/fungi/other material
  • Amplification of DNA and sequencing
  • Optimising protocols 

Furthermore, the research department is involved with bachelor- and mastertheses and internships integrated in the educative programmes of universities and high-schools. For plenty of students, this includes work in the molecular lab. In the lab we provide the following training:

  • Working safely in molecular lab environment
  • Extraction, amplification, and sequencing of DNA
  • Allow students to work on a specific topic (in collaboration with researcher)
  • Initiation to data analysis and interpretation (in collaboration with researcher)
  • Evaluation of the student


PhD, KU Leuven, 2023
MSc, KU Leuven, 2016

Employment history

PhD student, Meise Botanic Garden, 2018 - 2023
Research scientist, Plant Conservation and Population Biology, KU Leuven, 2017


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