Yuli Ding – 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

Himanshu Chhillar – Ph.D. candidate
B.Sc. in Life Sciences, University of Delhi
M.Sc. in Botany, Jamia Hamdard

Interests: biotic and abiotic stress, molecular plant immunity, gene regulatory networks, phytohormones
Hobbies: travelling, football

Qiong Fang (‘June’) – 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

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

Bas Leemburg – Graduate (M.Sc. candidate)
B.Sc. in biology and medical laboratory research, University of Applied Sciences Leiden
Intended M.Sc. in Biology, specialisation Cell Biology and Molecular Interactions, Wageningen University

Interests: molecular biology, genomics, astrobiology, palaeontology
Hobbies: coffee, bass guitar, photography, brewing mead

Cláudia Santos Gonçalves – Graduate (M.Sc. candidate)
B.Sc. in Zoology, University of Aberdeen (Scotland).
Intended M.Sc. in Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology, Leiden University.

Interests: molecular genetics, epigenetics, evolution & development
Hobbies: hiking, writing and crochet

Marc Gebauer – Graduate (M.Sc. Student)
B.Sc. in Biology, Johannes-Gutenberg University Mainz
Intended M.Sc. in Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology, Leiden University

Interests: molecular genetics, gene modification, plant biology, environmental biology
Hobbies: football, videogames