the team


from left to right: Marietheres, Konstantinos, Mariëlle, Charlotte

April 2020


Charlotte Gommers

Assistant Professor


Member of the retrograde signalling team since: February 2019

Worked before at: Utrecht University (PhD), Center for Research in Agricultural Genomics (Barcelona, Postdoc)

Research interests: I am fascinated about the way plants are capable of integrating various signals from their environment to optimise growth and survival. During my post-doc I discovered how chloroplast-derived retrograde signals can alter nuclear gene expression to interfere with other pathways, such as the light signalling pathway that is activated by photoreceptors. I would like to find out now, how (stressful) environmental changes affect chloroplasts and the release of retrograde signals, and how these signals integrate in the nucleus to promote optimal survival. 

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Mariëlle Schreuder

Lab Manager


Member of the retrograde signalling team since: February 2019

Melanie van Driel

BSc thesis student


Member of the retrograde signalling team since: October 2020

Research interests: Melanie works on the interplay between light signalling and salt stress during seedling establishment in light and darkness. 

Former team members

  • Konstantinos Ntoumos - PhD candidate from September 2019 until September 2020

  • Tom Gijsberts - BSc student from September 2020 until October 2020

  • Marietheres Kleuter - Erasmus exchange student from February 2020 until September 2020

  • Reiny Sangster - MSc student from September 2019 until March 2020 & June until September 2020

  • Niels van de Haar - BSc student from September 2019 until January 2020, research assistant August 2020