- Prof. Dr. Alisdair Fernie
Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Potsdam-Golm, Germany
Senior Editor of The Plant Journal and Journal of Plant Physiology
- Prof. Dr. Asaph Aharoni
Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
Editor of The Plant Journal
- Prof. Dr. Dorothea Bartels
University of Bonn, Germany
Editor-in-Chief of Planta
- Prof. Dr. Frank Van Breusegem
Flanders Institute of Biotechnology and University of Gent, Belgium
Monitoring Editor of Plant Physiology
Editor of Planta
- Dr. Meiliang Zhou
Institute of Crop Sciences, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences
- Assoc. Prof. Dr. Paul Dijkwel
Massey University, New Zealand
- Prof. Dr. Robert Verpoorte
Lediden University, The Netherlands
Editor-in-Chief of Phytochemistry Reviews
- Prof. Dr. Zoran Nikoloski
University of Potsdam, Germany
Specialty Chief Editor of Frontiers in Plant Systems and Synthetic Biology
Senior Editor of Journal of Plant Physiology
Monitoring Editor of Plant Physiology
Prof. Dr. Alisdair Fernie
The Solanaceae pan-metabolome
Alisdair R. Fernie is a group leader at the Max-Planck-Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology and Honorary Professor at the University of Potsdam. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry at the University of Sheffield and Doctoral degree in Plant Biochemistry from the University of Oxford, UK, and postdoctoral training at the Max-Planck-Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology.
His research interests have two foci the co-ordination and compartmentation of plant energy metabolism and the genetic architecture of plant metabolism. He has published over 700 papers in international journals. Dr. Fernie a member of the Editorial Boards of Plant Cell and Trends in Plant Science and has been named by the Institute for Scientific Information as one of the 10 most cited authors in the plant and animal sciences with a current H-index of 107.
Prof. Dr. Asaph Aharoni
Yin аnd Yang in the rhizosphere: interplay between root exudation and microbiome in the tomato underground world
Asaph Aharoni is a full professor member of the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. He earned his MSc at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and received his PhD from Wageningen University, The Netherlands. He was among the first to apply DNA microarrays for large-scale gene expression analysis as well as pioneered in the field of Metabolomics for non-targeted metabolite analysis. Since 2005, his lab combines cutting-edge metabolomics with molecular genetics and computational biology to uncover the molecular mechanisms underlying the production of plant secondary metabolites study.
Prof. Aharoni has been the recipient of a number of awards, including: The European Research Council (ERC) grant, the James Heineman Research Award for Biological and Biomedical Research, the Weizmann Institute Scientific Council Prize (Levinson Prize in Biology) and the Andre Deloro prize for a scientist doing particularly exceptional work in his or her field awarded by the Weizmann institute. To date, prof. Aharoni has published more than 160 research papers and 30 book chapters as well as 20 patent applications.
Dr. Meiliang Zhou
GWAS-driven discovery of genes involved in rutin metabolism in buckwheat
Dr. Meiliang Zhou is a group leader at the Institute of Crop Sciences, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences. He received his Doctoral degree and Postdoctoral training in Plant Molecular Biology at the Institute of Biology of Leiden University, Netherlands.
His research interests are the identification and functional analysis of genes involved in secondary metabolites biosynthesis in Buckwheat based on the Genome-wide association study (GWAS). He aims to translate is findings to improve crop nutritional values. He has published around 30 papers in international journals and 2 books in Elsevier. In 2019, he was awarded the Golden peacock award in Shilong (India) by the International Buckwheat Research Association (IBRA) for his outstanding research on buckwheat.
Prof. Dr. Dorothea Bartels
Acquisitions of seed specific pathways are major determinants of desiccation tolerance in vegetative tissues of resurrection plants
Dorothea Bartels is a professor at the University of Bonn. She studied biology and chemistry at the University of Hannover, Germany, and obtained her doctoral degree in Botany from the University of Hannover, Germany. She worked for several years as a postdoc at the Plant Breeding Institute, Cambridge, UK. Then she became a group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding in Cologne, Germany when she started to work on stress in plants. This was followed by a professorship at the University of Bonn which was succeeded by a professorship at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, NL and finally she returned to a professorship for physiology and biochemistry of plants at the University of Bonn.
The main research interests of Prof. Bartels are molecular stress physiology in higher plants and particularly anhydrobiosis and how plants adapt to environments with water deficit. She is editor-in-chief of the international journal Planta, she is an EMBO member and a member of the Academy of Mainz.
Prof. Dr. Frank Van Breusegem
Post-translational modifications in the oxidative stress response
Since 2001 Frank Van Breusegem is a group leader of the Oxidative Stress Signaling group at the VIB Center for Plant Systems Biology and professor at Ghent University. Since his early studies under the supervision of em. Prof. Marc Van Montagu, he focuses on the molecular impact of oxidative stress on plant cells. He obtained his PhD from Ghent University (Ghent, 1997) with work on “Engineering Stress Tolerance in Maize”.
Nowadays, the primary objective of the Van Breusegem lab is still the identification and functional analysis of regulatory gene and protein networks involved in the oxidative stress response in plants. Ultimately, he aims to translate this knowledge into biotechnological crop efficiency concepts. The lab has played a pioneering role in determining transcriptome based networks in the H2O2 response in plants. The Van Breusegem lab is internationally recognized mainly because of its successful multi-omics driven approaches that allowed to identify some key players in the oxidative stress response.
Frank Van Breusegem has published almost 150 peer-reviewed publications (h-index=58); and was recognized by the Web of Science Group to be amongst the world’s most influential researchers, demonstrated by the production of multiple highly-cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations; he is a frequent invited speaker and is monitoring editor of the leading plant journal “Plant Physiology”.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Paul Dijkwel
The balance between plant stress and age controls their survival
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Paul Dijkwel obtained his PhD degree in Plant Biology at the University of Utrecht, Netherlands. He started his own research group at the University of Groningen and moved to New Zealand in 2008. He is currently Associate Professor at Massey University (New Zealand) and Professor at Shihezi University in China.
His research focusses on how plants cope with stress and what role plant age plays in stress-adaptation processes. Stress hugely impacts agriculture because plants respond to adverse environmental conditions by initiating growth cessation or programmed cell death (senescence). Stress responses are activated for example as a result of drought, nutrient limitation, pathogen attack or after harvest. Stress responses are highly regulated processes that allows the plant to survive in a changing environment from which it cannot escape. His lab is particularly interested in the role of Reactive Oxygen Species and cell death processes in stress responses. Localised cell death can limit the spread of a pathogen, while the death of complete organs, such as leaves, can remobilize sufficient nutrients for the plant to finish its lifecycle in stressful conditions. Programmed cell death is therefore an important developmental program that is crucial for plant survival, but detrimental for yield. The work helps to better control abiotic and biotic stress responses and, therefore, improve crop characteristics such as yield and shelf life.
Prof. Dr. Robert Verpoorte
Prof. Robert Verpoorte holds a Pharmacists degree (1972) and a PhD (1976) from Leiden. He was lecturer at Leiden University 1976-1987, and since 1987 professor and head of the department of Pharmacognosy. Since 2011 he is an Emeritus professor, still connected to Leiden University. He was guest professor in London (UK), Uppsala (Sweden), Amiens (France), Reims (France), Seoul (Korea) and Hilo (USA). From 1992-1998 he was Vice-Chairman and Chairman of the committee of the Phytochemical Society of Europe (PSE).
Prof. Verpoorte is author/co-author of 780+ scientific papers, 4 books and 6 patent applications. September 2018 H factor 66 (Web of Science), 93 (Google Scholar) 74 (Scopus). Editor (1996-2002) and Editor-in-chief (2003-2016) of Journal of Ethnopharmacology (IF 3.115), Editor-in-chief of Phytochemistry Reviews (IF 3.393) since 2001 and Executive Editor of Biotechnology Letters (IF 1.846) since 2006. He supervised 66 PhD-theses, and 150+ MSc theses.
Rob was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from University of Amiens, France (2004) and University of Uppsala, Sweden (2012). In 2007 he received the PSE Medal. He is an honorary professor at the Hong Kong Baptist University since 2015. In 2015 he was awarded the Gusi Peace Prize in Manila (The Philippines). Last September (2017) he was awarded the Egon Stahl Medal in Gold by the International Society of Medicinal Plants and Natural Products Research (GA) for his lifetime scientific contribution.
Prof. Dr. Zoran Nikoloski
Towards understanding plasticity of metabolic phenotypes in model and crop plants
Prof. Dr. Zoran Nikoloski obtained a PhD degree in Computer Science from the School of Computer Science, University of Central Florida, USA. He was a Max Planck Research Group Leader of the Systems Biology and Mathematical Modeling Group at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Potsdam, Germany and a Visiting Professor at Universita Politechnica delle Marche, Ancona, Italy. Since 2017, Prof. Dr. Nikoloski is a Chair of Bioinformatics at the University of Potsdam and leads a Cooperative Research Group at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology.
The focus of his research is on systems biology and mathematical modeling of plant metabolism and its relations to protein-protein interaction and gene regulatory networks. His main interests include the development of large-scale metabolic networks of model and crop plants and their usage in conjunction with large-scale metabolomics, proteomics, transcriptomics, and genomics data to predict complex, agronomically relevant traits. Recent work includes integration of large-scale metabolic models with genomics data to bridge the gap between genotype and phenotype. Prof. Nikoloski serves as a Monitoring Editor in Plant Physiology, Senior Editor in Journal of Plant Physiology, and a Specialty Chief Editor in Frontiers in Plant Systems and Synthetic Biology.