Dr. Marc Heijde
Marc Heijde obtained his PhD in Molecular Biology in 2008 at the University Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris, France. As a PhD student in the Plant and Diatom Genomics lab of Dr. Chris Bowler he investigated the transcriptome reprogramming of diatoms in response to light and developed a series of molecular tools to bring diatoms in the genomic era. Later, as a post doc at the University of Geneva in the lab of Prof. Roman Ulm between 2008 and 2013, he unraveled the molecular mechanisms controlling the regulation of the response to UV-B light in Arabidopsis thaliana. After that he joined the VIB where he worked two years in the lab of Prof. Lieven de Veylder at the Plant Systems Biology Department to develop a platform based on yeast one hybrid interactions allowing the detection of regulatory transcription factors for a given promoter. Since October 2015, he joined the VIB-International Plant Biotechnology Outreach team to promote transfer and access of the latest technological developments and knowledge to developing countries.