The African orphan crops consortium

– Yves Van de Peer –

Biography
Educational curriculum: Oct 1988 – Feb 1996: PhD, University of Antwerp (UIA) Department of Biochemistry, Belgium
Career:
(1) June 2001 – Present: Group leader at VIB Center for Plant Systems Biology, Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Genomics. (2) October 2013 – present: Full Professor (Gewoon Hoogleraar) of Bioinformatics and Genome Biology at UGent, Belgium, (3) February 2010 – present: Adjunct Research Professor at the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, The University of Western Ontario, Canada and (4) October 2013 – present: Part-time Professor at the Genomics Research Institute, Department of Genetics, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Main Research Interest: Genome biology, Evolution, Adaptation, Bioinformatics

Additional information:
Publications in international peer-reviewed journals: >400 (total citations >38000; h-index 93); Keynote and invited speaker at many international conferences and symposia; Supervised 32 PhDs (PhD degree obtained – between 2003 and March 2018); Was coordinator of Multidisciplinary Research Partnership entitled Bioinformatics: from Nucleotides to Networks (N2N) (2010 – 2015); Since 2014: Head of Node Belgium for Elixir; Associate Editor for The Plant Journal, Genome Biology and Evolution, PeerJ, Current Plant Biology; Received an ERC grant (2.5 million Euro) in 2013; Became A1-Rated researcher of the National Research Foundation (NRF), South Africa; Was elected to the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts (KVAB) in 2012; Conference Organizer and Chair of the bi-annual international Current Opinion Conference on Plant Genome Evolution (2011, 2013, 2015, 2017), organized by Elsevier
Five selected publications (according to personal preference):
• Zhang, G.Q., …, Van de Peer*, Y., Liu*, Z.-J. (2017) The Apostasia genome and the evolution of orchids. Nature 549, 379-383. (citations: 3) (IF: 40.137)
• Van de Peer, Y., Mizrachi, E., Marchal, K. (2017) The evolutionary significance of polyploidy. Nature Reviews Genetics 18: 411-424. (citations: 10) (IF: 40.282)
• Olsen, J.L., …, Van de Peer, Y. (2016) The genome of the seagrass Zostera marina reveals angiosperm adaptation to the sea. Nature 530: 331-335. (citations: 69) (IF: 40.137)
• Cai, H., …, Van de Peer*, Y., Liu*, Z.-J. (2014) The genome sequence of the orchid Phalaenopsis equestris. Nature Genetics 47: 65–72. (citations: 72) (IF: 27.96)
• Grbic, M., …, Van de Peer, Y. (2011) The genome of Tetranychus urticae reveals herbivorous pest adaptations. Nature 479, 487-492. (citations: 391) (IF: 40.137)