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Plant diseases occur everywhere on our planet. Understanding how disease resistance works is our long-term mission and the key to protecting plant health.

Assistant Professor

Head of plant-microbe interactions and systems biology in plant immunity

Institute of Biology Leiden (IBL), Leiden University

Pingtao’s Bio

Curriculum Vitae (CV)



Yuli Ding – Visiting research scientist & lab manager
B.Sc. in Plant Protection and Integrated Pest Management, China Agricultural University
Ph.D. in Botany, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow in Crop Genetics, John Innes Centre

Interests: molecular plant-microbe Interactions, growth-immunity trade-off, genetics, signal transduction

Hobbies: music, traveling, science communication

Daniël Davidse – Ph.D. candidate
B.Sc. in Plant Sciences, Wageningen University & Research
M.Sc. in Plant Biotechnology, Wageningen University & Research

Interests: molecular biology, genetics, genomics, structural biology

Hobbies: guitar, traveling, martial arts

Mieke van Vlaardingen - Graduate (M.Sc. candidate)
B.Sc. in Biology, Leiden University
Intended M.Sc. in Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology, Leiden University

Interests: molecular biology, environmental sciences, immunology, evolution

Hobbies: swimming, reading

Qiong Fang - Ph.D. Candidate
M.Sc. in Botanical Ecology, Minzu University of China
B.Sc. in Material Chemistry, Beijing Jiaotong University

Interests: moleculr biology, plant taxonomy, evolution, ethnobotany, ecology
Hobbies: badminton, reading, traveling


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