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 PEOPLE 

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Himanshu Chhillar (he/him)
Ph.D. candidate (from Feb 2022)
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

Twitter: @HimanshuChhill3

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Pei-Min Yeh
Ph.D. candidate (from Sep 2022)
B.Sc. in Plant Pathology, Chung-Hsing University
M.Sc. in Plant Science, Taiwan University

Interests: molecular plant immunity, molecular plant science, plant pathology
Hobbies: listening to music, traveling, gardening, clawing

Twitter: @Peimin_bacon

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Hoang Hung Nguyen
Ph.D. candidate (from Jan 2023)
B.Sc. in Biology, Freie University of Berlin
M.Sc. in Biology, Freie University of Berlin

Interests: molecular biology, plant immunity, plant genetics, botany

Hobbies: cooking, programming, swimming

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Bob Sebastiaan (he/him)
Ph.D. candidate (from July 2023)
B.Sc. in Biotechnology, Wageningen University
M.Sc. in Biotechnology, Wageningen University

Interests: molecular biology, plant immunity, plant developmental biology, gene regulatory networks

Hobbies: cycling, tennis, gaming, baking, travelling

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Chuqing Su (she/her)
Ph.D. candidate (from Nov 2023)
B.Sc. in Plant Protection, China Agricultural University
M.Sc. in Plant Science, Wageningen University & Research

Interests: plant immunity, plant genetics, plant breeding

Hobbies: cooking, traveling

Twitter: @ChuqingSu

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Yuxiang Jiang (he/him)
Marie-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow (from Jul 2023)
B.Sc. in Biochemistry, Ocean University of China (OUC)
Ph.D. in Developmental Biology, Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IBCAS)

Interests: plant signalling, plant immunity, plant genetics
Hobbies: reading, running

Twitter: @YuxiangJiang2

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Richalynn Leong Chiu Xian (she/her)
Postdoctoral Scientist (from Nov 2023)
B.Sc. in Biological Sciences, Nanyang Technological University
M.Sc. in Applied Plant Sciences, Nanyang Technological University
Ph.D. in Plant Sciences, Temasek Lifesciences Laboratory, National University of Singapore

Interests: molecular biology, biotic and abiotic stress, gene regulatory networks, plant evolution
Hobbies: wildlife photography, hiking, salsa, badminton

Twitter: @Richalynn1

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Yuankun Yang (he/him)
Postdoctoral Scientist (from Apr 2024)
M.Sc. in Phytopathology, The Institute of Plant Protection, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS)
Ph.D. in Plant Biochemistry, The Center for Plant Molecular Biology (ZMBP), University of Tuebingen

Interests: plant immunity, plant-microbe interaction, effector biology, gene regulatory networks
Hobbies: basketball, cooking, traveling

Twitter: @yuankun_yang

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Ewout van Diepen (he/him)
Technician (research assistant)
B.Sc. in Biology, Leiden University
Intended M.Sc. in Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology, Leiden University 

Interests: molecular biology, molecular techniques, immunology, microscopy
Hobbies: reading, running, 3d-modelling, gaming

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Tassilo Stock (he/him)
M.Sc. candidate (graduate student)
B.Sc. in Biology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich (LMU)
Intended M.Sc. in Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology, Leiden University

Interests: biotechnology, molecular biology, microbiology

Hobbies: fossil hunting, biking, reading, board games, jiujitsu

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Luuk van Akker (he/him)
M.Sc. candidate (graduate student)
B.Sc. in Life Science and Technology, Delft University of Technology (TUD) and Leiden University (ULEI) 
Intended M.Sc. in Computer Science specialization Bioinformatics, ULEI

Interests: data science, molecular and cellular biology, genomics

Hobbies: video games, board games, swimming

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Nino Verwei (he/him)
M.Sc. candidate (graduate student)
B.Sc. in Life Science and Technology, Delft University of Technology (TUD) and Leiden University (ULEI) 
Intended M.Sc. in Computer Science specialization Bioinformatics, ULEI

Interests: machine learning, data science, Life science

Hobbies: cooking, video games, programming

Past Members

Yuli Ding (she/her), Ph.D. 🇨🇳 Lab manager (2021 - 2022) Current position: editor for iScience @Cell Press.
Marc Gebauer (he/him), 🇩🇪 MSc intern (2021 - 2022) Biology, Leiden University. Current position: Ph.D. candidate @University of Auckland.
Bas Leemburg (he/him), 🇳🇱 MSc intern (2022) Biology, from Wageningen University & Research. Current position: Ph.D. candidate @Leiden University.
Mieke van Vlaardingen (she/her), 🇳🇱 MSc intern (2021 - 2022) Biology, Leiden University. Current position: Ph.D. candidate @Wageningen University & Research.
Gabriel Castellar Barroso (he/him), 🇧🇷 MSc intern (2023) Methodology and Statistics in Psychology, Leiden University. Current position: Ph.D. candidate @Leiden University.
Jitske van Welsen (she/her),
 🇳🇱 MSc intern (2022 - 2023) Biology, Leiden University.
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