Samuel Vanden Abeele

Research scientist
Phylogeography and population genetics of tropical African trees and crop wild relatives
Department: Research

Phone: +32 2 260 09 60

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My research focuses on the evolutionary history of tropical forests in the Congo Basin. I apply phylogenomics, phylogeography and population genomics methods to unravel the evolutionary relationships and dynamics within genera of the Detarioideae subfamily (Fabaceae), e.g. Prioria and Gilbertiodendron

My genetics research also focusses on crop wild relatives (coffee, bananas and beans).

Research themes:


  • PhD, Free University of Brussels (ULB), Brussels, Belgium, 2019
  • MSc, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, 2015 

Employment history

  • Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Cambridge, UK, 2022 - ongoing
  • Research scientist, Meise Botanic Garden, Belgium, Sept. 2021 - Dec. 2021
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA, 2020-2021
  • PhD student, Meise Botanic Garden, Belgium, 2015 - 2019



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