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ImageMing 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. Email: ming.feng

b_891209-1520_DSC_1468 (2)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. Email: anna.kokla

KareemAbdul Kareem – Postdoc- Kareem is from India and obtained his PhD from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Thiruvananthapuram. During his PhD, he investigated the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying plant regeneration. On completion of his PhD, he moved to Australia as a Postdoc in the laboratory of Marcus Heisler at the University of Sydney to study the coordination of cell polarity during organ formation. He is currently investigating how plants connect their vasculature during plant grafting and why some plants fail to graft (graft incompatibility). He will specifically look at the graft junction formation in different plant species. Email: abdul.kareem.vk

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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. Email: martina.leso

IMG_20180816_103412Shamik 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. Email: shamik.mazumdar

Melnyk_2020_02_20dCharles Melnyk – Associate 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. Email: charles.melnyk

IMG_5316 copieConstance 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. Email: constance.musseau

TSTheo 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. Email: theo.serivichyaswat

Picture1Ai 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. Email: ai.zhang

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