Maria Beatriz Capitão – MSc student – Maria is from Portugal and did her bachelor degree in biology at the University of Lisbon. She moved to Sweden and joined the Genetic and Molecular Biology Master’s program at Uppsala University. She is currently doing her MSc project thesis focused on the role of reactive oxygen species in plant parasitism.
Silvia Elisa de Dios Oliver – MSc student – Silvia is from Spain and obtained her bachelor degree in Biology from the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid. She is studying for her MSc degree at Stockholm University and is now doing her Master’s thesis project focusing on grafting in the Solanaceae family.
Ming Feng – Postdoc – Ming is from China and obtained his Ph.D. from China Agriculture University studying postharvest physiology and senescence mechanisms in roses. He is investigating how chemicals affect graft formation and working with conifer grafting.
Anna Kokla – PhD student – Anna is from Greece and received her undergraduate degree from Athens and her MSc from Uppsala University. She is investigating the developmental basis for parasitic plant infections using the model plants Arabidopsis thaliana and Phtheirospermum japonicum.
Martina Leso – PhD student – Martina is from Italy. She received her BSc in Biotechnology from Trento University, and moved to Sweden for her Master studies. She is currently doing her Master thesis project in the lab, focusing on the influences of hormonal signalling on plant parasitism.
Shamik Mazumdar – PhD student – Shamik is from India and completed his undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Pune and Maharshi Dayanand University. He worked as a junior research fellow at the University of Delhi before working at the International Rice Research Institute on genome editing for two years. He is understanding how biotic and abiotic stresses affect plant vascular development.
Charles Melnyk – Assistant Professor – Charles is from Canada and obtained his BSc Hons degree in Biochemistry at his local university in Ottawa. He moved to the UK where he did his PhD at the John Innes Centre and University of Cambridge with David Baulcombe studying mobile small RNAs. He stayed on in Cambridge as a Research Fellow at Clare College and the Sainsbury Laboratory with Elliot Meyerowitz and Ottoline Leyser where he initiated his research on understanding the developmental basis for how plants graft and how parasitic plants infect. Having worked at a plant nursery for four summers, Charles is a keen botanist but also enjoys road cycling, cross country skiing, jogging and traveling.
Constance Musseau – Postdoc – Constance is from France and obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Bordeaux, where she studied the genetic regulators of tomato fruit growth. She is now investigating the genetic basis for grafting incompatibility using various species such as Arabidopsis thaliana, tomato and maize.
Prashanth Ramachandran – Postdoc – Prashanth is from India and received his undergraduate degree from SASTRA University. He then moved to Sweden for his Master studies at Uppsala University during which he had his first venture into plant biology research. Following this, he went on to do his PhD at Uppsala University studying developmental plasticity of Arabidopsis xylem. Currently, Prashanth is investigating candidates regulating establishment of stem cell fate during regeneration.
Theo Serivichyaswat – PhD student – Theo is born and bred Thai. He received his BSc in Biotechnology from Thailand, then moved to South Korea for his MSc, studying ambient-temperature responsive microRNAs and their regulating roles in flowering at Korea University. Before he joined the lab, Theo worked at a seed company where he investigated the floral homeotic genes of marigold and tomato for commercial purposes. He is currently studying the cellular basis of vascular regeneration. Besides science, Theo loves tennis.
Ai Zhang – Postdoc – Ai is from China and obtained her PhD from the Northeast Normal University studying the global impacts of aneuploidy (genomic stability) on gene expression in polyploid (wheat). Currently, she is characterising the early activators of graft formation in Arabidopsis.