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the team

left to right: Niels, Reiny, Mariëlle, Charlotte & Konstantinos

October 2019

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)

Studied at: Radboud University (The Netherlands)

 

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

Konstantinos Ntoumos

PhD student

 

Member of the retrograde signalling team since: September 2019

Studied at: Agricultural University of Athens (Greece)

 

Research interests: I am very much interested in the physiological responses of model plants and cultivated plants to various abiotic stress factors, on plant defense mechanisms and adaptation strategies to salt stress on both physiological and molecular level and on weed management. Now, I study the effect of salt stress on the chloroplast and how chloroplast retrograde signals affect nuclear gene expression and whole plant development.

Reiny Sangster

MSc student

 

Member of the retrograde signalling team since: September 2019

Studies at: Wageningen University

 

Research interests: I study how perovskites (lead-containing salts), which are used in next-generation solar cells, affect plant growth and survival. This is a collaborative study with Dr. Eline Hutter (AMOLF, Amsterdam).

Niels van de Haar

BSc student

 

Member of the retrograde signalling team since: September 2019

Studies at: HAN University of Applied Science (Nijmegen)

 

Research interests: Environmental stresses negatively affect the well-being of plants. My research is driven by fascination for mechanisms that these sessile organisms developed throughout evolution to cope with such stress conditions. My aim is to identify the role of specific components in these mechanisms, under influence of chloroplast signaling and light quality.

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