Field of research:
Molecular genetics, comparative genomics, biochemistry, fungal and plant physiology
MSc degree in biochemistry and plant molecular biology (Leiden, NL, 1983) PhD degree on a thesis, entitled “Structure and expression of virus-inducible plant genes” (Leiden, NL, 1988) Postdoc researcher (Wageningen, NL, 1989-1991) cloning and expression analyses of Cladosporium fulvum effector genes and tomato Pathogenesis-Related protein genes. Assistant/associate professor (Wageningen, NL, 1991-present) Botrytis molecular genetics and functional genomics, with emphasis on Botrytis cinerea virulence factors (secreted effector proteins and hydrolytic enzymes, such as plant cell wall degrading enzymes, proteinases). In recent years expansion into other (host-specific) Botrytis species and other Sclerotiniaceae fungi: comparative genomics with the aim to identify host range determinants, effectoromics strategies for resistance breeding purposes.