People


Principal Investigators  


Harro Bouwmeester

Prof. dr. ir. Harro Bouwmeester

University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Science

My group investigates signalling molecules and their role in the communication of plants with other organisms, espec. below ground, such as parasitic plants, nematodes and the microbiome. We work on the discovery of new signalling relations using omics data, the importance of structural diversity in signalling molecules for biological specificity, elucidation of biosynthesis and perception mechanisms, and discovery of unknown roles of signalling molecules.

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Marcel Dicke

Prof. dr. Marcel Dicke

Wageningen University, Plant Science Group

I am intrigued by how plants are an active key player in multitrophic interactions since my PhD on how plants ‘cry for help’. I am a PI of the MiCRop consortium, PI, coordinator of WP3 & WP5, coordinator of Excellence & Training, and supervisor of PhD candidates.

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Christa Testerink

Prof. dr. Christa Testerink

Wageningen University, Plant Science Group

My group investigates abiotic stress in plants. Next to being a PI in the MiCRop consortium, I am also MiCRop coordinator of Research Synergy.

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Toby Kiers

Prof. dr. Toby Kiers

VU University Amsterdam, Department of Ecological Science, Symbiosis Group

As one of the PIs of the consortium, I am mostly involved in WP 1 and 2. Next to that, I am also MiCRop coordinator of Outreach & Acceptance.

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Corné Pieterse

Prof. dr. ir. Corné Pieterse

Utrecht University, Institute of Environmental Biology

I am one of the PI’s of the MiCROP consortium and coordinator of Ethics, Gender & Diversity. My group is interested in discovering novel concepts in plant-microbiome interactions and elucidating the underlying molecular mechanisms involved. With our discoveries we hope to contribute to sustainable agriculture through plant microbiome-based solutions.

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Jos Raaijmakers

Prof. dr. Jos Raaijmakers

Netherlands Institute for Ecology, Microbial Ecology Department

I have conducted plant microbiome research over the past 15 years, with a focus on how plant domestication impacts the microbiome. My group is searching for the ‘missing plant microbes’ that were lost during domestication. I am a PI and member of the executive board of MiCRop consortium, coordinator of workpackages 2 and 4 and coordinator Utilisation & Knowledge Transfer.

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Data Analysis Team  


Bas Dutilh

Dr. Bas Dutilh

Assistant Professor

Utrecht University, Metagenomics Group

I am PI of the Metagenomics Group and a member of the MiCRop data team. I have been studying metagenomics since 2004 and currently work on data-driven modelling of the microbiome.

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Fred van Eeuwijk

Prof. dr. Fred van Eeuwijk

Wageningen University, Mathematical and Statistical Methods – Biometris

As part of the data analysis and statistics team I am involved in all work packages.

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Marnix Medema

Dr. Marnix Medema  

Assistant Professor

Wageningen University

My lab studies how to use genomic, transcriptomic and metabolomic data to identify metabolic pathways for plant specialized metabolites, including those involved in microbiome recruitment and modulation.

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Age Smilde

Prof. dr. Age Smilde

University of Amsterdam, Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences

Next to my work on MiCRop, I am leading a large systems biology research priority program of the Faculty regarding host-microbiome interactions. I am also involved in a UvA-research priority program around the oral microbiome.

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Fred White

Fred White

University of Amsterdam, Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences

As a bioinformatician, I am involved in developing/impementing data analysis pipelines.

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Mattias de Hollander

Mattias de Hollander

Netherlands Institute for Ecology

Bioinformatician

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Assistant Professors/UD/Tenure Track 


James Weedon

Dr. James Weedon

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

I am assistant professor focussing on legumes. I have been studying soil microbes since 2008, and I am mostly interested in how bacterial and fungal community composition changes along environmental gradients, and the extent to which we can predict biogeochemical functions from compositional data.

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Dr. Anouk Zancarini

University of Amsterdam, Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences, Plant Hormone Biology

Assistant professor involved in WP 1, WP 3 and data team. I would like to know the plant microbiome better, and understand how microbes are attracted and selected by their host and interact with it.

 

Rumyana Karlova

Dr. Rumyana Karlova

Wageningen University, Laboratory of Plant Physiology

I'm an assistant professor at Wageningen University. We focus on Solanaceae and drought stress. For MiCRop, I am involved in WP 1 and mainly WP 3.

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Lemeng Dong

Dr. Lemeng Dong

University of Amsterdam, Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences, Plant hormone biology

As an assistant professor, I supervise PhD students, research, collaborate with other researchers in the consortium. My personal interest is to decode plant-microbiome languages and communications.

 

Roeland Berendsen

Dr. Roeland Berendsen

Utrecht University, Plant-Microbe Interactions

I study the recruitment of benefical micro-organisms by plants in response to diseases. I am involved in WP 1, WP 3 and WP 4.

 

Mark Zwart

Dr. Mark Zwart

Netherlands Institute for Ecology

My research group mainly studies the ecology and evolution of plant viruses. We are particularly interested in understanding why multipartite viruses exist and what the advantages of this strange genome organization are.

 

Karen Kloth

Dr. Karen Kloth

Wageningen University, Lab. of Entomology

I am involved in coordinating MICROP at the Lab. of Entomology, WUR. I am mostly involved in WP1 and WP3, but also everywhere else WUR-Ent. plays a role.

 

Paolina Garbeva

Dr. Paolina Garbeva

Netherlands Institute for Ecology

I am a researcher involved in PhD supervision (WP 4). I am fascinated by the power of how microbes interact with each other at their own microscopic scale.

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Postdocs  


Giannis Stringlis

Dr. Giannis Stringlis

Utrecht University, Plant - Microbe Interactions

I am a plant enthousiast and have been working with plants for more than eight years. Most of my research questions are focusing on how plants accommodate different microbes, what are the conditions affecting when and where metabolites are produced in the roots and what effect the plant can have on its microbiome via exudation of metabolites.

 

Pedro Beschoren da Costa

Dr. Pedro Beschoren da Costa

Wageningen University, Lab. of Entomology

I’m a soil microbiologist working as a postdoc on the Entomology department. I will help establish and evaluate all of MiCRop’s microbiome related processes and pipelines within our group. I will also help coordinate collaborations between the consortium members, as I have done previously in other groups.

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PhD students  


Dario Ramirez-Villacis

Dario X. Ramirez-Villacis

Utrecht University, Environmental Biology

I am a PhD student working with various species and varieties of potato in their center of origin (Ecuador), and studying the response of the root microbiome to Phytophthora infestans disease.

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Justin Stewart

Justin Stewart

VU University Amsterdam, Department of Ecological Science, Symbiosis Group

I am studying the evolutionary biogeography of underground networks and how microbial communities assemble. Specifically, I bring a background in geospatial analysis, statistics-machine learning, and microbial ecology.

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Malin Klein

Malin Klein

VU University/University of Amsterdam

I study the stress-induced recruitment of microbes in the rhizosphere (legumes specifically). I bring a background in plant genetics and experience with arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi.

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Research project

 

Marcela Aragon Gomez

Marcela Aragon-Gomez

Wageningen University, Lab. of Entomology

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Research Project

 

Melissa Uribe Acosta

Melissa Uribe Acosta

Utrecht University, Institute of Environmental Biology

My research project focusses on evaluating how individual chemical and structural plant defense compounds can change rhizosphere and endosphere fungal and bacterial communities in Arabidopsis.

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Research Project

 

Muhammad Rizaludin

Muhammad Rizaludin

The Netherlands Institute of Ecology, Microbial Ecology (NIOO-KNAW)

My PhD project investigates the mechanism underlying biotic-stress induced plant-microbe communication belowground via root-emitted VOCs (volatile organic compounds).

 

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Roland Berdaguer

Roland Berdaguer

Wageningen University, Laboratory of Plant Physiology

My project aims at elucidating the mechanisms by which plants of the Solanaceae family, and more specifically tomato, recruit soil microbes that promote the plants’ resilience to drought stress. I bring a background in plant molecular biology and experience with root nodule symbiosis.

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Research project

 

Sebastian Jaupitre

Sébastien Jaupitre

University of Amsterdam, Plant Hormone Biology

I am a PhD student responsible for cucurbits work, and involved in WP 1 and WP 3. I’ve grown in a family of crop farmers and done a master in plant biology (plus I love eating them).

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Research project

 

Zulema Carracedo Lorenzo

Zulema Carracedo Lorenzo

Wageningen University, Laboratory of Plant Physiology and Laboratory of Entomology

I am involved in WP1, WP3 and slightly in WP3. I work on identifying plant pathways of stress alleviating microorganism recruitment that could be targeted in plant breeding programs.

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Stalin Sarango-Flores

Stalin Sarango-Flores

The Netherlands Institute of Ecology

I thrive to obtain the microbial information on wild tomatoes in their native habitat, and validate the microbe-plant liniking in modern tomatoes.

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