Remco Stam

Remco has done his Bsc and MSc in Wageningen (The Netherlands), during this time he has done a project with the Plant Breeding group and I also worked for the DuRPH project, aimed at breeding Durable Resistance against PHytophthora. He has done his MSc thesis at the plant chemetics lab, which at that time was located at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Science in Cologne (Germany), and is now based at Oxford University and has worked for about one year in the Kamoun Lab, at the Sainsbury Laboratory in Norwich, studying evolution of Phytophthora species on different hosts.

He has done his PhD and a short postdoc in the Lab of Edgar Huitema at the University of Dundee (UK). He studied the evolution and mode of action of a specific effector gene family, called Crinklers in Phytophthora, and has analysed gene expression data, to find out which genes are switched on (or off) during the different stages of infection.

He visited the Lab of Professor Aurelien Tellier (Population Genetics, TU Munich) as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow. Here he learned more about the theoretical aspects of Population Genetics and developed the Solanum chilense pathosystem that is in use in the EvoMPMI group.

Now he is building up his own research group at the Chair of Phytopathology (Prof. Ralph Hückelhoven) at the TU Munich.

Parvinderdeep Singh Kahlon

Parvinderdeep comes from Punjab, India. He studied Biotechnology at Punjab
Technical University, India, and continued his studies as a master student
in the program of Plant Sciences at University of Bonn, Germany. During his Masters he worked on ‘Method development for robust screening of RCR3 variants that can trigger hypersensitive response upon recognition of the Cladosporium fulvum Effector Avr2’ at the Plant Chemetics lab (Prof. Renier van der Hoorn) at the University of Oxford. For his PhD he is now studying the Molecular evolution of pathogen defence in wild tomato species. Besides science, he likes traveling, cooking and dancing.