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Current Experience

  • PhD researcher
    Since January 2014
    Vernalization is a period of prolonged cold that allows flowering in plants and crop species when temperature conditions are optimal in spring. Central in this process in Arabidopsis is the repressing transcription factor FLOWERING LOCUS C (FLC). We (Ruelens et al. Nat. Comm. 2013) have identified homologs of FLC in temperate grasses, species in which the vernalization process was originally described. This suggests that the mechanism controlling vernalization is at least partially conserved between Arabidopsis and temperate grass species. In this project we will analyze upstream regulators of FLC in Brachypodium and investigate whether they perform a role similar to homologs in Arabidopsis to better understand the molecular basis of the vernalization requirement in temperate cereals.

Past Experience

  • PhD Candidate
    August 2013 --- December 2013
    I applied for the PhD scholarship for strategic basicresearch at the IWT ( September 13nd was the deadline for the written proposal of 15p containing a detailed plan for the following 4 years as a PhD Researcher. The oral defense of the project in front of a committee of experts took place on the 5th of December. On the 17th of December the project was approved and I received the IWT scholarship, funding my research from January 1st 2014.


LinkedIn Assessment :
scienceScientific Writingmolecular biologyMicroscopyCell CultureCell biologyPCRGeneticsBiochemistryqPCRLifesciencesMolecular CloningVector CloningPlant BreedingPlant Tissue CultureCerealsYeast two-hybrid

Skills and Expertise

Self Assessment :
Analytical skillsDesign scientific projects (in biology)Cell culture Molecular Diagnostics Analyze data Develop protocols Guide students Write papersPeople management


  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biologie (Biology) from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in 0
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Biologie (Biology) from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in 0

Training and Certification

  • FELASA Cat C in 2012 Certification


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Work Preferences

  • Locations I am interested in:
    Brussels, Belgium Flemish Brabant, Belgium Limburg, Belgium Waals-Brabant, Belgium
  • Work From Home:
  • Work Regime:
    Permanent position
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    Expert has 3 publications (Will be avalible with full profile)

Area / Region

Hoegaarden, Belgium


Driving License
  • Yes