Short CV/Education and training

  • 1983
    MSc in Chemical and Agricultural Engineering, highest honors, Ghent University (Belgium)

  • 1983
    Internship at the Plant Science Laboratories, Faculty of Sciences, University of Reading (U.K.) (Dir. Prof. V.H. Heywood & Prof. J.B. Harborne)

  • 1985
    MSc in Biological Sciences (Plant Sciences, Biotechnology), highest honors, Ghent University, (Belgium)

  • 1985 – 1986
    PhD fellow at the Department of Molecular Biology, Harvard Medical School, Boston (Massachusetts, USA) (Dir. Prof. H.M. Goodman)

  • 1985 – 1991
    PhD grant and postdoctoral grant from the National Fund for Scientific Research

  • 1990
    PhD in Plant Biology, highest honors, Ghent University (Belgium). Research conducted at the Department of Molecular Biology, Harvard University, Boston (MA, USA) and at the Department of Molecular Genetics, Ghent University (Ghent, Belgium)

  • 1991 – 2000
    From Research Leader to Research Director at the National Fund for Scientific Research

  • 1992 – 1996
    Guest professor at Ghent University, Agricultural Faculty and Faculty of Sciences

  • 1993
    Short stay at the Department of Botanical Ecology, Utrecht University, The Netherlands (Dir. Prof. H. Lambers)

  • 1997 – 1999
    Assistant Professor at Ghent University, Faculty of Sciences

  • 1998
    Visiting profesor at the Faculty of Sciences, Universidade de São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, Brasil

  • 1999 – 2008
    Associate Professor at Ghent University, Faculty of Sciences

  • 2000
    & 2002, Visiting profesor at the Escuela Superior Politecnica del Litoral, Guayaquil, Ecuador

  • 2004
    Visiting professor at the Faculty of Sciences, Chiang Mai University, Thailand

  • Since 2008
    Full Professor at Ghent University, Faculty of Sciences

  • 2009
    Visiting professor at the Faculty of Sciences, Universidade de São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, Brasil

  • 2009 – 2016
    Chair of the Department of Physiology, Faculty of Science, Ghent University

Selected publications

  • Van Der Straeten, D., Van Wiemeersch, L., Goodman, H.M., and Van Montagu, M. (1990) Cloning and sequence of two different cDNAs encoding 1 aminocyclo propane 1 carboxylate synthase in tomato. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 87, 4859 4863.

  • Smalle, J., Haegman, M., Kurepa, J., Van Montagu, M., and Van Der Straeten, D. (1997) Ethylene can stimulate Arabidopsis hypocotyl elongation in the light. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 94, 2756 2761.

  • Chaerle, L., Van Caeneghem, W., Messens, E., Lambers, H., Van Montagu, M., and Van Der Straeten, D. (1999) Presymptomatic visualization of plant virus interactions by thermography. Nature Biotechnology 17, 813 816.

  • Achard, P., Cheng, H.#, De Grauwe, L.#, Decat, J., Schoutteten, H., Moritz, T., Van Der Straeten, D.*, Peng, J.*, and Harberd, N*. (2006) Integration of plant growth response to environmentally activated phytohormonal signals. Science 311, 91-94. *Corresponding authors; # equal contribution.

  • Storozhenko, S., De Brouwer, V., Volckaert, M., Navarette, O., Blanquaert, D., Zhang, G.F., Lambert, W. and Van Der Straeten, D. (2007) Folate fortication of rice by metabolic engineering. Nature Biotechnology 25, 1277-1279.



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Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Elected member of the Royal Academy of Belgium for Science and Arts, 2016

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Mother of a son and a daughter.


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